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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise provided by Mirimar Cruises

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
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Tour snapshot
Admission to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary with transportation via river cruise
Duration:
5h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
9
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    5h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    9
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Combine a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary with a cruise on the Brisbane River on this stress-free tour. Booking this pleasant way to travel to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary means no fussing with public transportation or car rentals—you can sit back and relax on your scenic cruise. Admission to the sanctuary is included, where you have hours to learn about native Australian wildlife and admire species such as koalas and kangaroos. 
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • River cruise transportation means no puzzling over public transportation or car rentals
  • Birds of Prey and sheepdog shows teach visitors about Australian wildlife
  • Gain a better understanding of koalas, their biology, and their behavior
What to expect
Make your way to the Southbank district of Brisbane to catch your departing river cruise. Simply sit back and relax as the boat passes Brisbane's city skyline and out into the suburbs. On the way, listen to your captain's educational commentary about the river and its surroundings. Arrive at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where you can proceed directly inside with your prepurchased admission ticket. View the more than 130 bears that reside there, as well as the Eastern Water Dragons, huge lizards that stroll the grounds. Watch the Birds of Prey Show, and take in the action at the working sheepdog show. Your tour also includes the bonus of admission to the Platypus House, a great place to observe the unique duck-billed platypus. If you get hungry or need refreshments, meals and drinks are available both on the cruise and at the sanctuary (own expense). Return to Brisbane the way you came, at Southbank.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • River cruise transportation means no puzzling over public transportation or car rentals
  • Birds of Prey and sheepdog shows teach visitors about Australian wildlife
  • Gain a better understanding of koalas, their biology, and their behavior
What to expect
Make your way to the Southbank district of Brisbane to catch your departing river cruise. Simply sit back and relax as the boat passes Brisbane's city skyline and out into the suburbs. On the way, listen to your captain's educational commentary about the river and its surroundings. Arrive at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where you can proceed directly inside with your prepurchased admission ticket. View the more than 130 bears that reside there, as well as the Eastern Water Dragons, huge lizards that stroll the grounds. Watch the Birds of Prey Show, and take in the action at the working sheepdog show. Your tour also includes the bonus of admission to the Platypus House, a great place to observe the unique duck-billed platypus. If you get hungry or need refreshments, meals and drinks are available both on the cruise and at the sanctuary (own expense). Return to Brisbane the way you came, at Southbank.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6196KOALA
Important information
Inclusions
  • Round-trip cruise
  • General Admission into Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Duration
5h 30m
Departure details
  • Cultural Centre Public Pontoon, Cultural Centre Boardwalk, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia The pontoon is located on the riverside boardwalk, just outside the Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art Cultural precinct, Southbank.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair: Cruise is accessible however Lone Pine has a set of 28 steps to climb from the jetty to the entrance
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • No health restrictions apply to this tour
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
Inclusions
  • Round-trip cruise
  • General Admission into Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Departure details
  • Cultural Centre Public Pontoon, Cultural Centre Boardwalk, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia The pontoon is located on the riverside boardwalk, just outside the Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art Cultural precinct, Southbank.
Duration
5h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair: Cruise is accessible however Lone Pine has a set of 28 steps to climb from the jetty to the entrance
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • No health restrictions apply to this tour
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 22 Dec 2021
A note from Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
Covid safe plan in operation
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Cultural Centre Public Pontoon
    Cultural Centre Boardwalk, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
    The pontoon is located on the riverside boardwalk, just outside the Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art Cultural precinct, Southbank.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
  • 2
    The Brisbane River
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
331 reviews
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland22,325 contributions
Nov 2019
Probably the best way to go to the Lone Pine Sanctuary is by taking a river cruise. I bought my ticket at the Tourist Information Office on Queen Street for a trip the next day. The cruise boat Mirimar II leaves from a pier on the South Bank, in front of the state library. Departure is at 10am, but one has to be there 15 minutes earlier.

On the 22m long cruise boat one can sit inside or above on the deck in plastic chairs. There is the possibility to order drinks and snacks, which are brought by the friendly staff to the place, where one sits. It takes about 75 minutes to get to the Sanctuary. During the whole trip informative and sometimes entertaining commentaries are given by the captain, about Brisbane river and the often interesting sights left and right of it.

Once at the Lone Pine Jetty there are 28 steps up to the entrance booth of the Sanctuary, where the entrance ticket has to be bought. Since the return to Brisbane is scheduled for 2.15 pm there are 3 hours in total for the visit, which is sufficient, even for a bite at the restaurant there, some shopping or queuing up for the photo holding a Koala (separate ticket).
Written 8 February 2020
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MirimarCruises
Thanks for your detailed feedback and 5 star review. We appreciate the time you have taken to do this. Debbie
Written 16 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Livewell123
Canada154 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We purchased the cruise plus admission package to visit Lone Pine. It was nice to cruise down the river (just over an hour each way). The crew were very friendly and worked hard to provide a nice experience. The food onboard was available for purchase and was reasonably priced as well as tasty. We were allowed to take some sandwiches we purchased onboard into Lone Pine to eat later. The sanctuary itself is quite nice. They have quite a few other types of animals but kangaroos and of course, koalas, are the largest animal groups. You can feed the kangaroos if you purchase a $2 bag of food. We did this and it was quite fun. You can get a photo with you patting a koala (not holding a koala like you can at The Australia Zoo for the same price) for $25. I was advised to get to the main koala exhibit (in the middle of the park) as soon as we arrived because they sell out quickly and it sounded like they allow only so many people at each of the designated photo times. If compared to the Australia Zoo, these two places are both different. If you want to see primarily koalas and kangaroos, this is the place for you. They have done a nice job with this koala sanctuary. If I was to do this again, I would try to find a cheaper way to get there. However, it was nice to cruise to to the sanctuary for our first visit and whatever way you get there, it’s worth a visit.
Written 23 January 2020
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Sunbris
Brisbane, Australia11 contributions
Jul 2021
We really enjoyed this activity, not just because we haven't done any travelling since the COVID-19 pandemic began. With all the restrictions and overseas travel banned, we decided to do something local. The weather was perfect. The staff was friendly and helpful. The commentary was fun and informative. Best of all, there is an on-board cafe that has a wide selection of items, ranging from sausage rolls, hot dogs and sandwiches, to strawberry muffins, brownies, scones, snakes (lollies) even cheese platters and wine/champagne in proper wine glasses! Everyone was enjoying themselves. It was great to feel that we were on holidays again. We didn't know that this Brisbane river cruise has been taking locals and visitors to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for over 70 years! Definitely suitable for the whole family.
Written 20 August 2021
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MirimarCruises
Thank you so much for our wonderful review and supporting us in these tough times. We appreciate your detail feedback and thanks once again for sharing this with us and others. Kind regards Debbie
Written 5 September 2021
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Rbben
Miami, FL87 contributions
Dec 2019
During the course of our month long visit to Australia we visited many animal sanctuaries. Lone Pine was one of the best and when combined with the river cruise a great tour!
We met the ship at the designated pier ( a little hard to find - lucky we had a good cab driver). The cruise up the river is pleasant and informative. We got to Lone Pine after about an 1 and a half hour cruise and had about 3 hours at Lone Pine - it was enough but we would have liked more.
The kangaroo "rest area" is amazing. You get to wander about in this large open area surrounded by kangaroos. Likewise, the koalas were numerous and we could get pretty close. You can have your picture taken with a koala and can also hold one (for an extra fee). Plenty of other animals as well. We then cruised back to downtown Brisbane
This was a fun day and well worth it.
Written 21 January 2020
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MirimarCruises
Thank you for your detailed feedback. Great to hear you had a fun day with us. Kind regards Debbie
Written 23 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stewart B
Brisbane, Australia10 contributions
Just done Tuesday cruise and Lone Pine visit. Sparkling day on the water with a perfect autumn Brissie day. Water was dead flat, very smooth cruise. Lots of interesting sites on the river, not available for viewing any other way. Good engaging crew and enjoyed the fresh scones. Good commentary on the way there but slim dusty on the way back, well.....

Lone Pine was quiet but fantastic. There must be more than one hundred koalas there to see, up close. Enclosures were well maintained. The bird show was incredible

One cafe currently closed but cafe just outside served great wraps and toasted sandwiches. Eating area must have one of the most peaceful river views available in Brissie

5 hr trip all up and enjoyed every minute. Two points on Brisbane river. New indooroopilly bike path is a huge over water construction. River as brown as ever. Obviously not caused by the dredging by the concrete plant that got shut down 6 years ago.
Written 20 April 2021
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MirimarCruises
What an amazing review you have written, so detailed and fantastic title! So happy that you had an awesome day out with us. Kind regards Debbie
Written 15 June 2021
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JC4Atl
Atlanta, GA9 contributions
Feb 2020
If actually being able to hold a Koala is important to you, I recommend checking the time you can do that because I was super disappointed when I found out our boat arrives after the first holding and before the last holding so I didn't get to do it. Double check and choose the right departure time.

The boat crew were friendly and seeing the animals was a cool experience after a chill boat ride.
Written 7 February 2020
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Di_Mick78
Adelaide, Australia14 contributions
Mar 2021
Our initial tour date needed to be changed due to numbers but we were able to accommodate the change. The tour we undertook was brilliant - the one hour river trip to the sanctuary was accompanied by excellent, informative commentary and the crew were very efficient and friendly. The sanctuary was very good and certainly worth a visit - very clean and well organised, very friendly staff. Overall, we had a great time and highly recommend this tour - a must if you are visiting Brisbane.
Written 22 March 2021
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MirimarCruises
It so great to hear you enjoyed your day with us and thanks for the high recommendation as well. We appreciate your support in these difficult times for the tourism industry. Kind regards Debbie
Written 30 March 2021
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Arlyne
5 contributions
Feb 2020
We were very disappointed in this so called Sanctuary. Lot so Koalas around but we went there specifically to hold a Koala and because of the heat we were not able to until later in the afternoon. The boat would not wait 30 minutes so we could have that experience. It was real disappointment. We could not find Kangaroos anywhere and their directions to get around the sanctuary were a joke. We kept going over the same area and could not find our way around. Not worth the money they charge!!
Written 17 February 2020
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MirimarCruises
Oh what a shame you didn't come and talk to any of the crew on the boat, as we could have helped you with directions around the park, and if you did manage to get one of the rare tickets to hold a Koala, we could have helped with arrangements to go back to the city using different transport options. I hope you understand that the majority of our guests are okay if they are not able to hold a Koala and they appreciate that we depart on time to get back to the city. For other people who are reading this review and holding a Koala is a must do please keep in mind that being able to hold a Koala is never guaranteed as Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary only have a certain number of tickets on the day to sell for the Koala holds. To increase your chances of a koala hold, you may be best going on our Koala Express that departs at 9am. Kind regards Debbie
Written 19 February 2020
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Alex
Cardiff, UK11 contributions
Lovely boat ride and a nice way to see and hear about brisbane. The sanctuary is great too with opportunities to feed kangaroo, see bird show, sheep dog show, touch a dingo - all in general admission. The only reason why we have chosen 4/5 is because we weren't able to get the cruise back because we wanted to hold a koala and the boat left around 45 minutes before the holding time. We had to pay then to get the bus back. We believe the times had been restricted by the sanctuary due to the warm weather but we only found this out whilst on the boat and perhaps with it being a pre booked and known tour relationship between the boat and sanctuary that alternative arrangements could be made for boat guests only to do this activity in a cooler area. Otherwise a good time!
Written 1 March 2020
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Nelly R
1 contribution
This was a great experience, would definitely recommend.

The river cruise was actually the highlight for us. The commentary was informative and funny and the crew is very friendly. The ride out and back to Lone Pine takes about an hour each way but it’s very beautiful and peaceful.

Lone Pine is a great way to see koalas and kangaroos up close. The birds of prey show was also really cool.
Written 22 May 2021
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MirimarCruises
So happy to read your title Perfect Day Out. We love hearing how much you enjoyed your time on our cruise and thanks for the recommendation to others. Kind regards Debbie
Written 15 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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