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.
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.
Brisbane River Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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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.’
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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)
Return cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Informative commentary during the cruise
Entry to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Daily keeper talks and presentations.
This Brisbane River Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary 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 8.30am for a 9am 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:
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.
On your return cruise to the CBD departs Lone Pine at 1.30pm 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 River Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary arrives back in the city at 2.45pm.
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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.
Koala holds can only be booked in person at the Lone Pine Sanctuary Experience Hut on the day of your visit. They cannot be pre-booked. Availability varies each day and depends on animal welfare requirements.
The itinerary provided is a guide only and may change due to operational requirements.