Keeping Koalas Safe, Sound, & Cuddly

Some of the most readily recognizable Australian icons are animals, and we found more than a double dose of them in Queensland at The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary outside Brisbane.

As the name suggests, we got up close and personal with koalas, but we also got to feed kangaroos right from our hands… CONTINUE READING >>

Huge thanks to Tourism and Events Queensland and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for providing this cuddly adventure! As always, all opinions are our own.

David cuddles with a koala at Lone Pine Koala Santuary in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Some of the most readily recognizable Australian icons are animals, and we found more than a double dose of them in Queensland at The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary outside Brisbane.

As the name suggests, we got up close and personal with koalas, but we also got to feed kangaroos right from our hands.

The downtown beach on the Brisbane River at The South Bank Parklands, Queensland, Australia
The downtown beach on the Brisbane River at The South Bank Parklands

The Wheel of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia
The Wheel of Brisbane

We began our trek with an easy stroll from our downtown hotel, over the Victoria Bridge,  to The South Bank Parklands.

The park stretches about half a mile along the the Brisbane River with trails, pools, beaches, shops, and cafes.

But the highlight of the park is the ginormous Wheel of Brisbane towering two hundred feet above it all.

Mirimar Koala and River Cruise in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

At the dock just below the wheel we caught the Mirimar Koala and River Cruise and were really on our way.

Downtown Brisbane from the Koala Cruise in Queensland, Australia

The sights along the river, beginning with the city’s towering, modern skyline, then winding through swanky suburbs, made for a thoroughly enjoyable morning.

Sights from the Koala Cruise in Queensland, Australia

For seventy years The Mirimar and Mirima II have been making this run and we can’t imagine a better way to see the city, but knowing that the opportunity to cuddle a koala awaited at the end had us eagerly anticipating our arrival upstream.

15 thoughts on “Keeping Koalas Safe, Sound, & Cuddly”

  1. Alan and I visited Lone Pine Sanctuary on a Seabourn cruise excursion. What an amazing place. I like the way you arrived by river boat. We arrived by bus, not nearly as exciting :-).

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