The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the largest koala reserve in the world., in addition to also being the oldest. Founded in 1927 from two koalas, Jack and Jill, it is now home to more than 130 animals of this species. ¡But they don’t only have koalas! You can also see dingoes, Tasmanian devils, crocodiles, snakes and interact with kangaroos. Thus, it is an essential excursion to discover Australian fauna very close to the center of Brisbane.

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How to get to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary from Brisbane

The bus is the easiest and cheapest option to get to the park from Brisbane. You can take the bus 430 on Queen Street or the 445 en Adelaide Street. The journey is approximately 40 minutes and the ticket is priced at $6.30. The bus leaves you at Lone Pine stopright at the door of the park.

To see schedules and location of stops in detailwe recommend using the area’s public transportation trip planner.

The entrance to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, on the outskirts of Brisbane

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Hours

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary abre every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..

The only exception is April 25 (ANZAC Day), when they are only open from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

How much does it cost to enter Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary?

One-day admission to the venue costs $54 per adult (€32 approx). Children from 3 to 13 years old pay $39 (approximately €23).

We recommend booking your ticket online through the official website to avoid having to queue at the ticket offices and access the park directly.


The main attraction of the park are the koalas, but also They do a great job taking care of many other animals. Not only will you be able to see them, you will also You will learn a lot of interesting facts if you attend the talks given by their caregivers.. If you understand English, we find them an essential part of the experience. Here you can see the detailed schedule of talks about various animals.

1. See adorable koalas

He Australia’s most iconic animal It is, without a doubt, the koala. Are the absolute protagonists in this park, where they have an area dedicated to marsupials. Their caregivers give informative talks super interesting to learn what the daily life of koalas is like.

If you feel like giving them extra love, you can pay a extra $15 to pet a koala. If you want to take home a nice souvenir, they also have photographers to immortalize your encounter with a koala and you can take the printed photo back home.

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We will never forget the good time we had with them

2. Feed the kangaroos

Apart from the koala, the other typically Australian animal is the kangaroo. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has a large esplanade where you can interact with kangaroos. Depending on the time of day you visit them, they are likely to be quite active or want to rest and allow themselves to be petted.

If you want to increase your chances of winning them over, you can buy bags of food for $2 at the park store and feed them. To ensure their well-being, it is very important that kangaroos only eat this type of food special to them.

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Interacting with kangaroos is an unforgettable experience

3. Learn with the presentation of the snake

Although the park is not particularly known for its reptiles, they do have a very interesting presentation of a python. With a very casual and fun tone, they explain a lot of interesting facts about the snake. You can even touch it if you dare!

4. Hallucinate with the dingoes

These wild dogs are really beautiful and impressive to see them up close. Although, in all honesty, they unfortunately don’t seem to be in the best condition due to lack of space.

5. See how platypuses swim

The platypus is one of the most curious animals you can see at Lone Pine Koala Santuary. These semi-aquatic mammals have a very peculiar and friendly appearance. Plus, they have a very curious way of swimming, they’re sure to make you smile!

6. Locate a Tasmanian devil

Although we recommend visiting Tasmania if you have the opportunity, it is not necessary to set foot on the island to see its most iconic creatures: Tasmanian devils. Did you know that they are largest carnivorous marsupials that exist? Their appearance is not very friendly, but at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary you will be able to see them up close with a fence in between.

7. Take a good photo of a crocodile

Australia has many areas of virgin or semi-virgin nature that serve as home to thousands of crocodiles. You can see two of them in the park, they are very impressive!

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An animal that always commands a lot of respect

8. See Australia’s largest lizard

In an environment that imitates the Australian desert, you can see a huge lizard. In fact, it is the largest of its species in captivity. Really impressive!

9. Take a night tour of Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Want a even more special experience? You can visit the reserve at night accompanied by an expert guide who will tell you a lot of curiosities. The visit begins as soon as the sun sets and lasts 90 minutes. It is essential to book the guided night tour in advance, the sooner the better because the groups are small and can fill up quickly.

Is it worth going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary?

Of course YES, in capital letters. Although the park is not very big, it will make you live unforgettable experiences and will be one of the best days of your trip to Australia. We will never forget the opportunity to have a great time with the kangaroos or being so close to the adorable koalas 🙂


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