Brisbane Koala Cruise to Lone Pine Sanctuary (return cruise and wildlife park entry)

  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
  • Operates: Wed, Fri, Sun
  • Departs from: Cultural Centre Pontoon, South Bank
  • Departs at: 10.00am

Overview

Cruise along the mighty Brisbane River from the CBD to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to meet Australia’s most famous native animal. The renowned wildlife park is also home to kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and many other iconic species. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxed cruise back to Brisbane.

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Brisbane Koala Cruise
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452robynd (via TripAdvisor)

‘We had a wonderful day at Lone Pine! The boat ride there was great and I’d highly recommend it, especially if visitors are on a tight schedule. The staff were very helpful and friendly and we had plenty of time there.’

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'We had a wonderful day at Lone Pine! The boat ride there was great and I’d highly recommend it, especially if visitors are on a tight schedule. The staff were very helpful and friendly and we had plenty of time there.'- 452robynd (via TripAdvisor)
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
  • Operates: Wed, Fri, Sun
  • Departs from: Cultural Centre Pontoon, South Bank
  • Departs at: 10.00am
$85.00

  • Cruise along the mighty Brisbane River from the CBD to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Enjoy the live commentary from your captain
  • Spend three hours exploring the sanctuary, which is home to more than 130 koalas
  • Learn more about these fascinating animals at a keeper presentation
  • Meet kangaroos and wallabies, and perhaps hold a python
  • See owls, kites and sea eagles soar during the popular Free Flight Raptor show.
  • Return cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Informative commentary during the cruise
  • Entry to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Daily keeper talks and presentations.

  • Highlights
    • Cruise along the mighty Brisbane River from the CBD to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    • Enjoy the live commentary from your captain
    • Spend three hours exploring the sanctuary, which is home to more than 130 koalas
    • Learn more about these fascinating animals at a keeper presentation
    • Meet kangaroos and wallabies, and perhaps hold a python
    • See owls, kites and sea eagles soar during the popular Free Flight Raptor show.
  • What's Included
    • Return cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    • Informative commentary during the cruise
    • Entry to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    • Daily keeper talks and presentations.
  • What You Can Expect

    This Brisbane Koala Cruise is one of the River City’s most popular tourist activities, and has been for many decades. The experience begins with a cruise on board the MV Mirimar from the South Bank precinct to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary — a journey of around 45 minutes. You’ll board the cruise at the Cultural Centre Public Pontoon, which is located on the boardwalk in front of the Queensland State Library. Boarding commences at 9.30am for a 10am departure.

    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is located on the Brisbane River at Fig Tree Pocket. It was established in 1927 to house orphaned, sick and injured koalas, and holds the Guinness Book of World Records title as the oldest koala sanctuary in existence.

    As well as introducing visitors to these amazing animals, Lone Pine is home to the Brisbane Koala Science Institute. There are plenty of other native critters to meet, including kangaroos, wallabies, emus, dingoes, and the highly elusive platypus.

    On arrival at the sanctuary, you’ll have three hours to explore at your own pace. You may like to:

    • Touch or hold a koala under keeper supervision (additional cost applies)
    • Learn more about these amazing animals at one of the daily keeper talks
    • Visit the Platypus House and try and spot this highly elusive animal
    • Watch magnificent birds of prey perform in the Free Flight Raptor show
    • Hand feed gentle kangaroos and wallabies
    • See the amazing Sheepdog Show
    • Purchase lunch from one of the sanctuary’s food outlets.

    Your return cruise to the CBD departs Lone Pine at 2.15pm sharp. Relax on board as the scenery drifts by, and perhaps enjoy a glass of Australian wine or beer during the trip (additional cost applies).

    This Brisbane Koala Cruise arrives back in the city at 3.30pm.

    Cover image: Tourism and Events Queensland

  • Guest Reviews

  • Important Information
    • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
    • Children must be accompanied on this activity by a parent or guardian.
    • Senior and student concession bookings must be validated at the time of boarding with a valid student card or proof of age (65 years and older).
    • There are 28 stairs to climb from the boat mooring to the entry gates at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
    • The itinerary provided is a guide only and may change due to operational requirements.
    • This activity operates in all weather conditions.
    • To purchase a gift voucher, please click here.
    • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
    • View our booking terms and conditions here.
What You Can Expect

This Brisbane Koala Cruise is one of the River City’s most popular tourist activities, and has been for many decades. The experience begins with a cruise on board the MV Mirimar from the South Bank precinct to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary — a journey of around 45 minutes. You’ll board the cruise at the Cultural Centre Public Pontoon, which is located on the boardwalk in front of the Queensland State Library. Boarding commences at 9.30am for a 10am departure.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is located on the Brisbane River at Fig Tree Pocket. It was established in 1927 to house orphaned, sick and injured koalas, and holds the Guinness Book of World Records title as the oldest koala sanctuary in existence.

As well as introducing visitors to these amazing animals, Lone Pine is home to the Brisbane Koala Science Institute. There are plenty of other native critters to meet, including kangaroos, wallabies, emus, dingoes, and the highly elusive platypus.

On arrival at the sanctuary, you’ll have three hours to explore at your own pace. You may like to:

  • Touch or hold a koala under keeper supervision (additional cost applies)
  • Learn more about these amazing animals at one of the daily keeper talks
  • Visit the Platypus House and try and spot this highly elusive animal
  • Watch magnificent birds of prey perform in the Free Flight Raptor show
  • Hand feed gentle kangaroos and wallabies
  • See the amazing Sheepdog Show
  • Purchase lunch from one of the sanctuary’s food outlets.

Your return cruise to the CBD departs Lone Pine at 2.15pm sharp. Relax on board as the scenery drifts by, and perhaps enjoy a glass of Australian wine or beer during the trip (additional cost applies).

This Brisbane Koala Cruise arrives back in the city at 3.30pm.

Cover image: Tourism and Events Queensland

Important Information
  • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • Children must be accompanied on this activity by a parent or guardian.
  • Senior and student concession bookings must be validated at the time of boarding with a valid student card or proof of age (65 years and older).
  • There are 28 stairs to climb from the boat mooring to the entry gates at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
  • The itinerary provided is a guide only and may change due to operational requirements.
  • This activity operates in all weather conditions.
  • To purchase a gift voucher, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
  • View our booking terms and conditions here.
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