Brisbane Australia Day Trip Idea – Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Brisbane is another one of Australia’s backpacker hubs. It’s a great starting point for trips further north up the coast, and many travellers spend a few days here before heading off on their Fraser Island or Whitsunday adventures. It’s easy to get to as well – it’s serviced by several low cost airlines, as well as being on the Greyhound bus line.
Many travellers complain that there is not much to do in Brisbane. This couldn’t be further from the truth! There are loads of great free activities and cheap activities in the city, like these, or even these. And there are also many great day trip ideas from the city – and many of them involve cute fuzzy critters (see Currumbin and Australia zoo posts for more details). Another one of those cute fuzzy attractions available as a day trip from Brisbane is Lone Pine.
Lone Pine is actually the easiest animal park to get to in Brisbane… see the bottom of the post for more information on how to get there.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opened in 1927 and despite the name, it is much more than a Koala Sanctuary. The park contains a wide variety of Australian animals, with informational displays and keeper talks daily.
The Koalas are obviously one of the stars of the show, and you can even get your photo taken with them for $15. This gets you a bit of cuddle time with the koala, your photo taken by their in house photographers, access to the image online with a special password, and the opportunity for your travel companion to snap as many additional shots as they can while you are cuddling your new friend.
For me, the most exciting part of Lone Pine was not the Koalas, but another native Australian animal instead. This animal is very rare, and extremely difficult to spot in the wild. I have also not seen it at any other animal sanctuary in Australia (or abroad), and believe me, I have been to quite a few Australian animal parks now! So which animal is it…..
The platypus of course!
Despite my minor obsession with the humble platypus, nothing could quite compare me for seeing it real life. They are a lot smaller than I anticipated, and move very, very quickly! (Which is why I don’t have a very good picture of it to share with you!)
Other highlights of the sanctuary include feeding kangaroos, the lorikeet shows, and the birds of prey shows.
How to get to Lone Pine
There are three ways to get to Lone Pine; with your own transport, via public bus, or via the Mirimar river cruise boat.
The most scenic way to get to Lone Pine is by the ferry. The ferry departs from South Bank Brisbane and your entry fee to Lone Pine is included in the ticket price.
The most budget friendly way to get to Lone Pine is by public transportation. Check out Brisbane Transports journey planner to find out which bus you need to take.
This post was made possible by Greyhound Australia. I used my mini traveller passes to travel from Brisbane to Cairns, and started my journey in Brisbane. Although my tickets were complimentary, all opinions remain my own.