Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane

08 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane QLD 4069, Australia

Open all year

Full Day

Family friendly


If you find yourself near Brisbane, then you must take a trip to Lone Pine Koala Park.  It is easy to get to from the city centre by bus.  You could also make a day of it and combine the trip with a Brisbane river cruise.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Brisbane is the world’s oldest and largest sanctuary for koalas.  It is now home to over 130 and while the koala is now a protected species, that wasn’t the case in 1927.  The sanctuary was set up as a safe haven for the sick and injured koalas and as soon as you arrive you will get to find out all about the world’s cutest animal.

As well as finding out more about koalas, you will have the opportunity to hand feed them and even give them a cuddle.  It is the experience of a lifetime and you are able to take a photograph away as a souvenir.

The Brisbane koala sanctuary is also home to kangaroos and other native Australian animals.  You can feed the kangaroos and if you are lucky pet a dingo.  There are several activities and shows on throughout the day for you to find out more about the other animals and the talents they possess.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Best time for this activity

Best time of the day to go to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Brisbane : Arrive early and beat the crowds.

Best time of the year to go to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Brisbane : All year round.

Driving distances

Brisbane to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – 24 min (16.4 km) via M5

Gold Coast to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – 1 h 8 min (91.3 km) via M1

Parking facilities

Free parking onsite

Transport Options

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary bus –

There are regular Brisbane City Council buses to and from the Brisbane koala sanctuary:
– Bus number 430 from Platform 2C, Queen Street Station
– Bus number 445 from Stop 41, Adelaide Street

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ferry

The Mirimar boat cruise departs from the Cultural Centre Pontoon (South Bank) daily.

Mirimar II (75-minute cruise)

Depart Cultural Centre Pontoon 10:00 AM
Depart Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary 2:15 PM

Koala Express (35-minute cruise)

Depart Cultural Centre Pontoon 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM
Depart Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary * 10:00 AM*, 12:00 PM*, 2:00PM

For information and to book, contact Mirimar Cruises:
Ph: 0412 749 426 (24 hours)
Website: www.mirimar.com
Email: info@mirimarcruises.com.au

*Bookings cannot be made through Lone Pine and must be made via Mirimar Cruises directly.
*City Cat ferries do not travel to Lone Pine.

Official website
Entrance Fee

You can puchase a  Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ticket online here.

What you should bring/wear
Bring water, snacks and a hat.
Wheelchair friendly?


More Information

If you love birds of prey then check out the Flight Raptor show.

Where can you hold a koala in Australia? Holding koalas in Australia is allowed in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. It is illegal to hold a koala in the other states and territories of Australia.

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Places to eat in Brisbane :

There are two cafes onsite both serving hot food with a range of options available. There is also a BBQ and picnic area onsite. Nearby you will find some great restaurants:

  • Goodness Gracious cafe – Australian food

  • Three Girls Skipping – French/Cafe/Australian Food

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