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4 Reasons To Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

a koala hanging on a tree branch

Brisbane is well known for being the city that meets nature, with the inner city falling into leafy green suburbs that line mountains full of wildlife; and you don’t have to travel far to have a wildlife experience. Located around 15km from the Brisbane CBD, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has been offering wildlife experiences to locals and visitors alike . The Sanctuary was first opened in 1927 as a safe refuge for sick, injured and orphaned koalas, helping to protect this iconic animal.

Let’s take a look at why Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a must visit when you’re visiting Brisbane.

1. Chill out with the kangaroos

It isn’t often you’ll get the chance to just sit and watch native Australian wildlife up close, and there is even less of a chance you’ll get to feed them. In the kangaroo reserve, you’ll have the opportunity to do just that! Purchase some food at the general store, and spend some time hanging with the kangaroos.

2. Lorikeet Feeding

If you’ve never had the chance to feed a lorikeet, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the perfect place to do it. With twice a day feedings, you can head down to the riverbank and feed the rainbow and Scaly-breasted lorikeets. You’ll see these birds flying all around Brisbane, and if you stand close to the food bowls, there’s a good chance one will land on you for a little while.

3. Watch the Sheep Dogs

Now this is an experience you really won’t find anywhere else in Brisbane. While Lone Pine may be all about the wildlife, there is also the opportunity to visit the small farm set up and watch the Sheep Dog Shows. Watch experienced handlers and the dogs herd sheep through various obstacles and learn about the history of sheep farming in Australia.

Sheep Dog. Image: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4. Spot a Platypus

You may have heard how difficult it is to spot a platypus in the wild, and whoever told you that was right! These animals are quite timid, and they know how to make a quick escape, so unless you are in the right place at the right time, you’ll struggle to spot one. This is where a trip to Lone Pine comes in! The platypus enclosure will give you a greater chance of seeing one of these unique animals.

Platypus. Image: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Ready to head on an Australian animal adventure without leaving the city? Jump on a Bums on Seats Tour to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and enjoy a great day out getting up close and personal with the animals.