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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Fig Tree Pocket

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
708 Jesmond Road
Fig Tree Pocket
QLD
4069
Tel: 7 3378 1366

Directions

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is roughly 13.1 km (8.14 miles) from Brisbane City CBD.

Where are we going today?

Koalas couldn't be more iconic to Australia unless you put kangaroos in the Sydney Opera House next to Ayers Rock. 

These sweet gentles creatures are well known, but not that commonly seen hiding in the tree tops. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary started nearly 100 years ago with only 2 koalas. Now they have over 130 of these sweet little creatures as well as a host of other Australian wildlife that we all know and love.

Does the name sound familiar? Well if you are a fan of the Guinness Book of World Records, you might see Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in there are the first and largest koala sanctuary in the WORLD! That's pretty impressive!

You can cuddle a koala anytime you like, and hand feed those bouncy kangaroos. You might be the first kid in your class to hand feed a kangaroo! If you want to feed the lorikeets, you might find they quickly become your friends, or try and spot those little platypus too!

Kids will love getting up close to a number of different Australian animals in a beautiful and natural setting.

The park is very family friends, and of course very safety conscious. Not only do they want to make sure that the kids and families who visit are safe, but also the animals.

Keep an eye out for the times of the shows too - from the Sheep Dog Show to Bird of Prey free flight show! There are snake presentations and barn animals encounters to really make you day animal-tastic!

A great way to kids to learn about all the different animals in the park, and what they contribute to the ecosystem of our country. 

If you want to REALLY walk on the wild side, you can join one of the VIP tours where for 45 minutes you can participate in small groups with hands-on experiences. 

Fancy actually working as a zoo keeper?! Kids and teens can join special programs where they can a sneaky behind the scenes tours, escort dingoes on walks, get close to snakes, pretend to be a tree for a fluffy owl or koala, and even get those hands dirty by cleaning out the enclosures! 

There are also behind the scenes tours, platinum tours and sanctuary highlights tours.

A completely fun packed animal filled day out for your whole family - and don't forget to look up Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary up in the Guinness Records book! You can then point and say "I've been there!" 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$33
  • Children$22 (Ages 3 - 13)
  • Free Under: 3 years.
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

9am - 5pm

Daily except Anzac Day (1:30pm - 5pm) and Christmas Day (9am - 4pm)

Teachers corner

There are a number of ways to incorporate the Koala Sanctuary into your school programs. There is a curriculum linked to the Discovery Session, or you can introduce exchange students to Australian wildlife. You can even organise your own self-guided tour. Have a chat about what you would like to do! .

I'm Hungry!

It's not just the animals who need feeding, we know! There are two cafes on the site - The SleepKoala Cafe serves hot foods and drinks, and the Riverside Cafe is just outside the main entrance on the lovely Brisbane River. (There is free wifi at both cafes!)

You can also bring your own picnic lunch and there are lovely spots on the river to enjoy it! .

Any Top Tips?

Entry includes access to all shows including the wild lorikeet feeding, baby barn animal feeding, sheep dog shows and bird of prey flight shows. There are also many other educational presentations throughout the day. Behind the scenes tours, VIP tours etc are additional cost. .

Need a little extra help?

You can hire a wheelchair free of charge at the entrance. They can reserve these for you if you call ahead. .

More information

They do birthday party packages! .

What people are saying?

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    I got to hold a Koala named Cinnamon!!! I also fed the kangaroos, emus, and turkeys. The wallabies were a bit elusive, but adorable nonetheless. I saw 3 dingos - one that looks like my own domestic dog. I just wish they had a more natural habitat that would allow them to stretch their legs and run :-( Finally, I was pleasantly surprised by a cockatoo on my way out that said, "bye-bye"!

    The only other improvement I would make is to the wheel chairs available to the public. It's nice that they are offered, but the wheels are so mangled that they...Read More

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    My Fave place in OZ! My family and I try and get here once a month we love love love it. Staff are fantastic. Animals are amazing and have great habitats and love cuddling a koala every so often! My two children love learning about all the animals and hearing Cocky Cockatoo Talking :)

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    Considering that Koalas only exist in Australia, it is not difficult to be the largest Koala Sanctuary in the world. The hyperbole is not carried over to the service at the park however. Staff for the most part (there are always exceptions of course) are as listless as the kangaroos. Nor would some of the animals agree with the extraordinary nature of the park; being stuck in cages waaay tooo small for their health. The cages for most of the animals are carryovers from the 60"s and, in my opinion, should qualify for cruelty to animal status. The...Read More

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    Quite an expensive entry.
    Very nice Coffee at the shop out front.
    Nice platypus display.
    Done in 2 hours

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    met minty the koala ♥ had a lovely day at the sanctuary :)

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by Jessica Zski

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I got to hold a Koala named Cinnamon!!! I also fed the kangaroos, emus, and turkeys. The wallabies were a bit elusive, but adorable nonetheless. I saw 3 dingos - one that looks like my own domestic dog. I just wish they had a more natural habitat that would allow them to stretch their legs and run :-( Finally, I was pleasantly surprised by a cockatoo on my way out that said, "bye-bye"!

The only other improvement I would make is to the wheel chairs available to the public. It's nice that they are offered, but the wheels are so mangled that they don't steer straight which makes it impossible to push an invalid around. Luckily, the park is of a manageable size. Overall, I highly recommend a visit. It was a great experience.

by Dirk Van Der Kamp

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Considering that Koalas only exist in Australia, it is not difficult to be the largest Koala Sanctuary in the world. The hyperbole is not carried over to the service at the park however. Staff for the most part (there are always exceptions of course) are as listless as the kangaroos. Nor would some of the animals agree with the extraordinary nature of the park; being stuck in cages waaay tooo small for their health. The cages for most of the animals are carryovers from the 60"s and, in my opinion, should qualify for cruelty to animal status. The kangaroos, although not caged, are fed to exhaustion. I could go on! There are so many negatives to this park that it is a wonder that there are so many positive reviews of the place.

Having said that however, I am a regular because the kids learn a lot about animals while running around in a safe environment. However, calling the environment safe is misleading since the emus are unsupervised. Emus are potentially very dangerous animals and there are no warnings to this effect.

All in all I would give it 2.5 stars. I really wish that the animals would be looked after better.

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