After 40 long years, I decided to take my daughter for a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary on her request. I have fond memories of a school excursion to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary when I was a little girl around the age of 5. I remember being particularly thrilled when each of us was given a Paddle Pop ice-cream when we arrived there.
Lone Pine is situated on some of Brisbane's most expensive riverfront real estate and neighbours multi-million dollar homes. Visitors can catch some great views of the Brisbane River and Brisbane's typical prestige riverfront houses.
The feeling I got walking through the doors of Lone Pine was familiar. Lone Pine is a small sanctuary for animals and it feels like a safe and tranquil place for animals, tourists and local families alike.
We really enjoyed the array of native birdlife including my favourites, black red-tail cockatoos and kookaburras. For some reason one of the sheep took a big fancy to me and greeted me when I entered the barnyard animal exhibit and again when I left. We saw reptiles, Tasmanian Devils, miniature pigs in mud which looked fairly large to me, emus, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, flying fox', goats, sheep, ducks, guinea pigs, chickens and baby chicks. Of course, there were plenty of koalas and people lined up for a photo with one. We also spotted a platypus which was a buzz.
Some of the animals were sleepy in the afternoon so I would recommend getting there earlier if you want to feed the animals. When we were there the kangaroos had no interest in food which could have been a good thing because some of those roos are large and can be intimidating.
Visitors will find a cafe inside the sanctuary and also one outside before the entrance as well as picnic areas outside too. There are plenty of tables and chairs plus a kids gated playground so parents, grandparents, bus drivers and tour guides can take some time out to relax.
Usually, locals wouldn't typically spend a lot of money in a souvenir shop but the souvenir shop at Lone Pine is very reasonably priced. So much so that I stocked up on boomerangs and keyrings to give away on my next overseas adventure.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a great outing for the family and visitors - so close to Brisbane City. It's an easy way to see native Australian animals up close without having to leave Brisbane.