Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Tickets (Optional Cruise) 2019

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Located around 12km (7.5 miles) from central Brisbane, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world. It’s home to over 130 koalas, each with their own name and distinct personality. The best bit? You get to cuddle these friendly koalas, as well as other Aussie animals!

This Brisbane koala sanctuary houses over 70 other species of Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, platypus, and wombats – to name a few. But, cuddly companions aren’t the only attraction; at Lone Pine, you’ll also find crocodiles and snakes, amongst other scaly creatures. A visit to Lone Pine is a perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon in Brisbane.


  • Cuddle and take pictures with koalas
  • Hand-feed the kangaroos
  • Handle a range of other Australian animals
  • A selection of daily shows and activities are on offer

Know before you book:

  • Children under 3 are allowed in for free
  • Most shows and activities are free of charge
  • This pass is valid for a full day

A duck-billed platypus with a leafy background

Some may wrongfully assume that Lone Pine Sanctuary is a zoo. In reality, it stays true to its name and is very much a sanctuary. For almost 100 years, it has been a safe space for sick, orphaned, and injured koalas that needed a place to call home.

Today, koalas are far from being the only residents. The sanctuary houses a plethora of other Australian animals, too. It offers an incredibly immersive way for visitors to experience and learn about these animals.

Some of the most noteworthy residents include:

  • Kangaroos
  • Platypus
  • Dingos
  • Wombats
  • Tasmanian devils
  • Cassowaries
  • Crocodiles
  • Snakes
  • Bats
  • Emus

Amongst many, many, others.

Woman handfeeding a pair of kangaroos

Lone Pine is a perfect day trip from Brisbane for any kind of traveler, whether you’re touring Brisbane in a group, on your own, or with your partner. It offers a fascinating window into Australian wildlife and allows you to connect with animals on a deeply personal level.

But, perhaps no one will be as enchanted as the children when visiting the sanctuary. Getting so up-close and personal with these cuddly creatures is a rare opportunity that will last in their memory banks for years to come.

The sanctuary also offers some captivating shows and keeper talks. You’ll get to watch sheepdogs rounding up sheep, marvel at birds of prey, and soak up some of the wisdom held by the experienced staff.

Shepherd and his sheep dog rounding up sheep

The sanctuary has a distinct focus on driving positive social and environmental changes, with sustainability at the core of its operations. It exists to preserve and protect while educating and inspiring visitors to take these philosophies on board.

Some of the koalas love attention, while others prefer to keep to themselves. The handlers know the preferences of each koala and only allow the social koalas to be handled.

Fun fact: Did you know that koalas sleep for around 22 hours every day? The lucky buggers. Their food source, eucalyptus, is very low in calories, so sleeping is their way of conserving energy.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Prices 2019

Day Passes:

Day passes for Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary start at around $42 AUD ($28 USD). Reduced rates are available for children, senior citizens, and students:

  • Child (under 3): Free
  • Child (3 – 17): $25 AUD (±$17.50 USD)
  • Senior Citizen: $25 AUD (±$17.50 USD)
  • Student: $25 AUD (±$17.50 USD)

If you book a reduced rate access pass, be sure to bring a valid ID and student ID (if applicable).

River Cruise Combo:

Brisbane River cruise and Lone Pine combos start at around $80 AUD ($55 USD).

Check out the price list below for up-to-date prices and the most affordable deals.

Lone Pine Opening Hours

Lone Pine Sanctuary, Brisbane is open 7 days a week, every week of the year. The sanctuary maintains regular operating hours on all Queensland public holidays.

Monday to Sunday: 9am – 5pm

ANZAC Day (25th of April): 1:30pm – 5pm

Best Time to Go

The majority of Lone Pine is set outdoors, so we recommend picking a day with good weather.

With regard to the best time of day, any time is a good time to visit. However, we recommend getting there early in the day so that you have the full day to explore. A late arrival could mean cutting your visit short at closing time.

Lone Pine Sanctuary Ticket and Tour Options

Cruise boat on Brisbane River

There are a couple of packages available for Lone Pine. Some may choose to opt for a simple day pass, but many visitors choose to embark on the river cruise combo. We’ll discuss these options in further detail below.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Day Pass

Bird of prey flying at lone pine koala sanctuary

This option is a simple day pass to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. After making your own way to Lone Pine from your accommodation in Brisbane, you’ll get to enjoy the entire sanctuary at your own pace. You’ll also get access to the informative daily shows and presentations.

What we liked: A basic day pass that’s affordable, flexible, and comprehensive

  • Full-day access to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Access to almost all daily shows and keeper talks

  • Transport to and from Brisbane
  • Koala photos and kangaroo food (both available for a small fee)
  • Food and drinks

This pass is the most basic option available for Lone Pine sanctuary tickets. Perfect for those who want low ticket prices and would prefer to work on their own schedule.

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Brisbane River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Visit

group of people sightseeing on a Brisbane river cruise

A visit to Lone Pine is very commonly combined with a cruise on the meandering Brisbane River. The sanctuary is set right on the banks of the river (as is central Brisbane), and it’s a perfect cruise-length away.

You’ll board the well-equipped cruise boat in the bustling Southbank area before embarking on a 70-minute cruise to Lone Pine. Along the way, your captain will provide fascinating commentary on the scenic surroundings. You’ll cruise through the lively riverside bits of Brisbane before gliding into lush suburbia.

During the cruise, you can treat yourself to meals, snacks, and beverages from the on-board cafe. Enjoy the scenery from the open-air roof deck or find some shelter inside if the weather is poor.

Once you arrive at Lone Pine, you’ll have about 3 hours to explore the sanctuary before the return cruise embarks.

What we liked: A perfect way to combine two of the most popular activities in Brisbane. Really scenic and a lot of fun.

  • Full-day access Lone Pine tickets
  • Two-way relaxing river cruise to Lone Pine
  • Informative commentary from the boat’s captain
  • Access to most daily shows and keeper talks

  • Food and beverages
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

The river cruise allows you to take it easy and experience Brisbane from a different perspective. It’s a far more relaxing and enjoyable experience than driving or taking public transport to the sanctuary.

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8.6Expert Score
A visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an incredible experience for travelers of all ages. There are few places on Earth where you can really, deeply connect with a range of Australian animals. Lone Pine is one of them. Highly recommended.
Value for Money
  • An incredible range of Australian wildlife
  • The ability to connect with the animals on a personal level
  • Cuddle with some adorable animals
  • Learn about conservation and habitat protection
  • Watch a series of daily shows and talks
  • Support a morally outstanding sanctuary
  • Bad weather can dampen the experience
  • Koala photos and kangaroo food cost extra

Specification: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Tickets (Optional Cruise) 2019


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Full-day access


Food and drinks, Hotel pick-up/drop-off


Access to daily shows, Day pass

Meals & Drinks

Meals not included (available for purchase)


Not included (unless specified)

Suitable For

Couples, Families, Groups of friends, Solo travelers

13 reviews for Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Tickets (Optional Cruise) 2019

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  1. Anonymous

    A fantastic place to visit, great for Adults and children a wonderful day out. The price we got from Viator was a lot cheaper than the on the door price.

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  2. Anonymous

    We really enjoyed visiting the sanctuary. It's a bit of a ride from the cruise ship but don't let that stop you. We shared a taxi with another couple to get there and took the public bus back, enjoying the scenery along the way. Although there are many animals at the sanctuary the highlights were definitely getting close enough to the koalas to pet them, and feeding the kangaroos. Also, don't miss the sheep herding and raptor shows. They were both excellent but are offered at limited times so plan your experience around the scheduled times. We found the staff to be helpful and friendly, and the sanctuary clean and well laid out.

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  3. Anonymous

    Holding a koala, feeding and petting kangaroos and wallabies, wizzing around with Tasmanian devils, going batty with fruit bats and visiting with emus, Lone Pine is a bucket list experience! Staff were friendly and informative. I recommend this Sanctuary highly! As a solo traveler I felt safe and got to mingle with lots of locals as well.

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  4. Anonymous

    A great day to learn more about koalas. There are other animals such as birds, snakes, barn animals and you can go very near them to feed, cuddle and touch them.

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  5. Anonymous

    An absolute gem right in the heart of Brisbane. Its great for folks of all ages! Enjoy the several free shows / keeper talks each day and learn more about the amazing animals Australia has to offer!

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  6. Anonymous

    Well worth the trip to Lone Pine to get up and personal with the wildlife. It is not a large sanctuary but I easily spent 4-5 hours on site. The koalas and kangaroos were definitely the highlight but there are other native species to learn about. They are doing incredible work in educating and preserving species in danger.

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  7. Anonymous

    The crew were great. Enough time to get a picture and see the rest of the sanctuary. Hand feed kangaroos, Emu's. A good day

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  8. Anonymous

    Awesome way to see Brisbane. Th3 crew on this ship are super friendly and helpful (arranging cabs after the cruise) and extremely knowledgeable. The sanctuary is awesome and interactive- photo with a koala,, petting and feeding kangaroos and ostriches. Wahat a great way to learn about Australia’s native animals. I highly recommend this cruise. It’s worth every cent! Good for kids and big kids!

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  9. Anonymous

    The cruise up the river vas very nice and the commentary was very informative. Lots of native animals to see.

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  10. Anonymous

    Had a fantastic day at Lone Pine, did the boat trip to get their, the crew were awesome. Lone Pine was just amazing, loved all the animals and staff were lovely.

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  11. Anonymous

    This tour is a definite thumbs up. The ferry ride to the sanctuary down the Brisbane River was lovely and the commentary was very interesting. We had plenty of time at the sanctuary to have our pictures taken with the koalas and the rest of the facility was amazing as well. Well worth one's while.

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  12. Anonymous

    We did the River/Lone Pine tour which is a must. The staff on the boat are amazing and the commentary is hilarious.. The park itself is well done and clean, would highly recommend paying the $25 to hold the koala but they do offer a photo op for free which we did both😃 Such an awesome day

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  13. David – United States

    A lot more than koalas! Beautiful park. Excellent staff. Koalas and kangaroos plus lots of other Aussie species. You can get your picture with a koala for free, but it costs $25 plus some time in line to actually hold one. Do not miss the sheep herding dogs or the birds of prey. The peregrine falcon is amazing and it would typically take 5 humans to do the dog’s job. Well-spent 3 hours or so.

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