Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Today we are going to approach a dear subject of ours which is visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Here our love for kangaroos and koalas grew even stronger! Even if we only got here almost at the end of our five week holiday in Australia, it was probably how it was meant to be. Here, the native Australian animals greeted us and with this visit we had the chance of seeing parts of the wild life. From cockatoos (red-tailed black cockatoo, yellow-crested cockatoo and even a pink cockatoo) to Tasmanian devils, we were introduced to the Australia that we see on TV.

Half a day here was all we needed. Or was it? Honestly, we wish we could have stayed longer. We tried to get here as early as possible because only at certain hours you could pet a koala, there are so many things to be seen here and also, our hotel was pretty far away from Lone Pine so we had to synchronize our schedule with the bus timetable, 

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – What is it?

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the oldest sanctuary in the world. With over 18ha and it was founded in 1927 out of love for animals & wildlife. 

Is it worth it?

Obviously yes. Here you can encounter the native Australian animals. You can hold a koala in your arms and you can feed the kangaroos. 

Where is it?

Lone Pine is located in Brisbane, Queensland and to be more specific, you have to get to the Fig Tree Pocket suburb. We chose to go there by bus so we hopped on the 430 bus, we paid somewhere between 4-5 AUD and we used our go card and we arrived at the sanctuary in about 45 minutes. You can get there faster by train or by Uber if you don’t have a car. If you do have a car, there are plenty parking lots to park your car right there at Lone Pine.

How much is the entry fee?

Adults will pay about 42 AUD and children 25 AUD, kids under 3 years will enter the sanctuary for free. 

If you want to hold a koala in your arms and take a photo, you can if you pay 25 AUD. You have to be there early because there are limited spots and you cannot book before. You can pet a koala for free! But you also have to wait in line and you have to arrive early. We waited for more than one hour to get to our turn to pet a koala. At any time you can feed the kangaroos, you just have to buy the special food for about 2 AUD.

What can you do?

You can walk and explore the wonderful sanctuary, you can admire the beautiful animals, birds and see the vegetation. Also, you can feed the friendly kangaroos, you can watch a few animal feeding sessions or “events”. There you can see snakes, take photos with them or you can meet a dingo. 

The wildlife

At the sanctuary you will find koalas, kangaroos, wombats, dingos, Tasmanian devils, echidnas, a platypus, reptiles, Australian birds such as cockatoos, kookaburras, emus and cassowaries. You will also find a small farm with Sheep Dog Shows. 

Advice for your Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary experience

Spend your whole day here, you will absolutely love it!

Why do we miss it?

We miss being able to interact with the kangaroos, being able to feed them and show them love. They gave us a positive energy that to this day still brings us so much joy.

Sanctuaries take really good care of the wildlife and every animal and reptile there. It is really important that we support them.

I know that this may be a tough choice but which camp are you in? Are you team kangaroos or team koalas?

Train or bus from Brisbane to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary?

The best way is to go by train which takes 35 minutes to get to the sanctuary and costs about 3 AUD. Otherwise, you can go with the 430 bus like we did, which took about 45 minutes and costs about 4-5 AUD.


Lawyer, at the begining of my career. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t like to travel and this passion for exploring took me to all continents. I am now trying to give back the precious knowledge that came through every learning experience in my lifelong journey.