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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

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South Brisbane, Australia

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Take a leisurely river cruise from Brisbane to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to observe native Australian wildlife. This half-day tour departs from bustling Southbank and cruises along the Brisbane River with views of iconic landmarks on the way to Lone Pine. Upon arrival, enjoy ample time to meet the animals. Observe the platypus, and watch animal shows that feature sheepdogs and birds of prey. A great experience for animal lovers.
  • River cruise from Southbank, Brisbane to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Explore Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world's first and largest koala sanctuary
  • Glimpse the elusive platypus that live at the Platypus House
  • Keep an eye out for the wild lorikeets (Australian parrot) that come to feed at Lone Pine

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour takes the scenic route to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary with a cruise along the Brisbane River.
Round-trip cruise
General Admission into Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Departure Point

Cultural Centre Public Pontoon, Cultural Centre Boardwalk, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to Brisbane’s Southbank district to board your boat. View the city’s skyscrapers, leafy suburbs, and waterside mansions pass by as your captain provides informative commentary about the sights.

Arrive at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and enjoy plenty of time to explore on your own.

More than 130 koala bears reside at Lone Pine—the world’s largest koala sanctuary. Plus, you have the chance to visit the Platypus House to observe the elusive platypus.

The Birds of Prey show features owls, kites, and sea eagles, and colorful wild lorikeets fly in for feedings. Keep an eye out for Eastern Water Dragons—a lizard that grows up to three feet (90cm) long. Admire the working dogs at the sheepdog show as they round up sheep while responding to their master’s whistles, calls, and hand signals.

Meals are available for purchase on the river cruise and at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary's cafe (own expense). After discovering Lone Pine, return to your boat for the cruise back to Southbank where your tour ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opened in 1927 as a safe refuge for sick, injured, and oprhaned koalas, at a time when the species was being culled for the fur trade. Founder, Claude Reid, recognised something had to be done to help protect one of Australia's most iconic species. Today, Lone Pine remains as a destination not only see native Australian animals, but to also connect and learn, and to leave feeling inspired to make small, positive changes in your daily lives to help protect native wildlife and habitats. Along with koalas and kangaroos, Lone Pine hosts a sheepdog show where you see the hardworking dogs round up a herd of sheep, responding to their master’s whistles, calls and hand signals. You can see owls, kites and sea eagles soar above you at the Birds of Prey show, or marvel at the colorful feathers of the wild lorikeets that fly in twice daily for feedings. Other bird species and a population of Eastern Water Dragons, a lizard that grows up to 3 feet (90cm) long, also like to visit Lone Pine’s lush natural parkland.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Brisbane River
You’ll board your boat in Brisbane’s Southbank district and leave the city behind on a relaxing cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Enjoy informative commentary from your captain as you glide along Brisbane’s waterfront, passing from the bustle of the city’s skyscrapers to leafy suburbs with waterside mansions. After about an hour you’ll arrive at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you’ll be free to explore for 3 hours.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair: Cruise is accessible however Lone Pine has a set of 28 steps to climb from the jetty to the entrance
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No health restrictions apply to this tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mirimar Cruises

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The food at the sanctuary cafe is really basic, so don't expect much." See review
  • "When you arrive at the sanctuary there is a climb/stairs so if you have trouble walking it will be tough." See review
  • "The Koalas are the main attraction and there are loads of them, its worth paying the extra money to get a photograph of you holding one."

Reviews

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Great day
Sandy_M
, Oct 2020
Great experience, friendly staff, the day was beautiful, lovely ride on the boat and we took amazing photos with koalas😍
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Sounds like you had a fabulous day and we are happy that you have shared your experience with us. Thank you also for giving us 5 stars, we appreciate this. Kind regards Debbie
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Wonderful cruise with a super crew!
Johanna_H
, Sep 2020
The Brisbane River Cruise on the Mirimar boat was the highlight of our day! The crew was fantastic, they made us feel more than welcome and provided heaps of commentaries all along the river. We stayed 2 hours in the Sanctuary where we saw heaps of Koalas but also Platypus, a Cassowary, Kangaroos, reptiles... The return trip on the boat was also nice thanks to our super crew! I highly recommend this experience! If you are on a touristic trip or even just curious about Brisbane history, don't hesitate!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you for this lovely feedback. We appreciate the time you have taken to write this lovely review and great to hear that you had a wonderful day with us. Kind regards Debbie
star-5
Great day out
Anna_B
, Aug 2020
River cruise is a fantastic way to travel to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, they make a yummy egg and bacon roll on the boat. A Great day for both toddlers and adults.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We appreciate the lovely review. Kind regards Debbie
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Australia Highlight
Janeellenrhodes1
, Apr 2020
Great narrated cruise to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The sanctuary of koalas and kangaroos was great!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Thank you so much for give us this amazing feedback. Kind regards Debbie
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A gentle, easy going, excursion.
nilcarbille
, Mar 2020
Arrived in plenty of time to get a seat on top deck. Great atmosphere amongst travellers. Informative commentary both ways. Just the right balance to keep people involved and interested while cruising. Two hours at Lone Pine was sufficient to see all the animals and attend intro talk. As so many Aussie animals are nocturnal there was not, perhaps, as much to see as we expected. Cafe was a little tired, but the fresh fruit pots were great and the drinks really cold. As the weather was very hot and humid we enjoyed a nice cold beer on the return trip, served by friendly crew members. All in all a really enjoyable day out.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Great to hear you enjoyed your day out with us, and thanks for letting us know that you found the timing of the day a good balance. Kind regards Debbie
star-5
Wonderful day trip from Brisbane
PaulJ_T
, Mar 2020
Scenic trip up the river was informative and beautiful. Commentary was extensive and incredibly interesting. At the sanctuary we were able to get close to a range of native animals. The koalas were quite active and visible to onlookers A wonderful day out
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Thanks for letting us know you had a wonderful day out. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your day. Kind regards Debie
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Boat trip & Koalas
DiBell-Scotland
, Mar 2020
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary River cruise excellent boat was clean, tidy & well catered Staff were friendly too Sanctuary was great too - various animals not just koalas (kangaroos, rapture show, sheep, Tasmania devil, crocodile, dingos) A great day out!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks so much for letting us know you had a great day out with us. Thanks for the amazing review. Kind regards Debbie
star-5
Koalas galore...and more!
Shannon_S
, Mar 2020
Sooooooo many koalas - I took hundreds of photos! Also fun to feed the kangaroos! Great amenities and facility. Wonderful river tour as well.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you so much for giving us a wonderful review. We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed your day with us. Kind regards Debbie
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A must for all who visit Brisbane
Marat_N
, Mar 2020
The boat trip was very comfortable. All the way up the Brisbane river the guide provided us with comments on what we could see on both banks, its history and fun facts. After we arrived, we had plenty of time to explore the Koala Sanctuary. But let the name of this national park not confuse you, because you will find other animals native to Australia as well. I particularly enjoyed kangaroos who live there in the free and you can pet them, feed them and watch them be in their natural habitat.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We appreciate your review. Great to hear you enjoyed the day with us. Kind regards Debbie
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Touching a koala
Naomi_W
, Mar 2020
The park was great, much to see and staff very polite. The map on display was excellent. Informative display about the koalas was very interesting listening to. Highly recommend people to visit
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for the lovely feedback and recommendation. Kind regards Debbie

Product code: 6196KOALA

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