If you plan to go on a weekend trip to Brisbane, like I have, and you have a full day free, I highly recommend spending it at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
To make things easier and even better, the Sanctuary has a daily schedule to take the hassle out of planning what to see. If you follow the schedule, or at the least the way I did, your day will turn out like this:
I arrived at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary by bus at 9.30am, by the time I got through the gate and towards the café, I had missed the first feeding. However this didn't upset me too much as I knew there would be another one at 4pm.
10am—Barn Animal Encounter
Admittedly I missed this as well as I was wandering around near the café after purchasing a pass to get a photo with a koala.
Around 10am—Koala photos I had my photo taken with a shy koala by the name of Perkins at around 10am. When you go to have a photo taken with a koala, you will be asked to stand on painted feet on the concrete, with hands together interlaced. Sometimes a koala won't take to you, as was the case for me, but the keeper will take good care of them. Be mindful of your hands as koalas are heavier and harder to hold then they look.
10.30am—Free flight raptor show & photos This free show provides informative and entertaining wonder as the raptors put on a great show showing off their flying and hunting skills, accompanied by their keepers providing the audience with fascinating facts about them. After the show there is the opportunity to have a photo taken with a raptor.
11am—Sheep Dog Show This is another show where the sheep and sheep dog keepers put on an entertaining and fascinating show, displaying the talents and capabilities of the hardworking sheep dog. If you're going to the sheep dog show, get there early. Due to the limited seating and placement of poles, it can be hard to see.
12pm—Snake photos I also decided to take the opportunity to have a photo taken with a snake. You will be asked to stand still with your hands palms up. The snake was a little too friendly as it was wrapping itself around my leg, but I got a great photo.
1.30pm—Snake keeper talk Another fascinating talk at the Koala Exhibit with the snake keeper and the same snake I held when I had my photo taken.
2pm—Koala keeper talk
Stick around at the Koala Exhibit after the snake keeper talk for the koala keeper talk. The keeper gave a fascinating presentation on everything about one of Australia's signature animals.
2.30pm—Platypus keeper talk
There is a small indoor enclosure with snakes and platypuses. It was so much fun seeing them swimming around and the talk provides interesting facts.
3pm—Tasmanian Devil keeper talk
Get to this one early as the talk is around the enclosure and it can be hard to see and take photos. But the talk, especially when the keeper throws meat into the enclosure for the devils, is fascinating.
4pm—Wild Lorikeet feeding
This is fun but prepare to have the lorikeets clawing at your hair and clothes. The keepers give a talk, whilst putting food into bowls drilled onto small wooden poles.
Overall there is plenty of wildlife to see, shows to attend, endless photo opportunities, and things to learn.