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Published June 9th 2015
More than just Koalas: Three Top Things to See
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary From Roger Federer to Taylor Swift and even Marilyn Manson, celebrities visiting Oz can't pass up the chance to get up close to the cutest of Australian marsupials at Brisbane's Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
And who can blame them? Nestled among eucalyptus branches, mostly sleeping or lazily munching on gum leaves, the sanctuary's 130 resident koalas draw a chorus of coos, their cuddly appeal wooing tourists and locals alike.
Yet it is not just these uniquely Australian creatures that are worth a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary at Fig Tree Pocket.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane is home to 130 koalas
Situated among native bush and tangled rainforest, Lone Pine features a large array of native animals, as well as several daily shows and attractions.
If, like us, you have young children in tow, you may find there is more than you can see in a single morning or afternoon. Here is our pick of the top three attractions to help you plan an itinerary of what to see:
1. Sheep Dog Show
Aussie sheep dogs show off their skills at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
This high-energy show is great fun for spectators of all ages. Marvel at the agility and skill of specially trained Australian sheep dogs as they herd a flock of dozy sheep to precisely where their master – an award-winning sheep dog handler – commands. Kids can pat Dusty the red kelpie before he does his thing, rounding up his flock at startling speed, then proceeding to run over their backs once they are in the yard, much to the crowd's delight. There are three shows daily, with a sheep-shearing demonstration following the later two.
2. Kangaroo Feeding
Grab a bag of kangaroo food for $2 (50c for members)
Grab a bag of kangaroo food ($2 or 50 cents for members) and watch on as the kids make friends with the many kangaroos in the expansive, natural enclosure. The kangaroos are very tame and happy to be petted, and were a firm favourite with our kids (aged 5 and 7). Tip: the kangaroos are located just above the kiosk, so those with older kids can grab a coffee and relax while keeping a watchful eye on the enclosure.
3. Free Flight Bird Show
A fascinating and awe-inspiring look at some of Australia's largest and most striking birds. From the stunning White-Bellied Sea Eagle to the soaring Black Kite, see these birds in action, catching prey in flight and swooping low over the heads of the crowd during this informative presentation. Tip: Get in early to secure a seat for this popular daily show as there are limited places available and no standing allowed.
Kids will also love petting baby animals in the Barn at Lone Pine