Cuddle a Koala
Aussie Koalas are not bears
As you can probably guess, I am writing about “Down Under” – or Australia, as we like to call it. In particular, I would like to invite you to visit Lone Pine. This is where you can meet, pat, and cuddle many of Australia’s native animals in a zoo that has been recognised by Guinness World Records as the worlds first and largest koala sanctuary.
Lone Pine, which opened in1927, is some 19 kilometres up river from the city of Brisbane. I recommend travelling by the Mirimar II, which sets of from adjacent to the Queensland Art Gallery, and takes passengers on a leisurely journey along the river, giving passengers a good look at the interesting houses other buildings, including the Queensland University. The trip takes just under one and a half hours and the Mirimar II has café facilities on board.
(You can get their by car, or public bus - and I suggest you go by boat and return by bus)
The Mirimar docks at Lone Pine, (you can buy tickets which include the boat trip and entry to Lone Pine), and gives around 2 hours at the park, and if you wish to stay longer you can return to the city by bus.
What animals are there? Koala’s certainly and there are around 130 of them, there are kangaroos, emus, reptiles including snakes and crocodiles, birds of prey, dingos, wombats, platypus, emus, bats Tasmanian devil, and more.
Lone Pine animals live in a bush setting, and there’s quite a lot of walking involved and there are special events at different parts of the park, including sheep dog performances and close- up with birds of prey.
You can take your own picnic food, or eat at the café/restaurant on site.
I had not been there for many years, but recently had two visitors from China, and they enjoyed meeting the birds and animals, and it was a highlight of their stay here. They had photos taken while holding a koala (though you have to pay extra), but it is a wonderful experience.
Children love the experience and can cuddle guinea pigs, chickens, and other small animals, and the kangaroos are friendly and will eat from their hands. It is not a "hypy" tourist attraction and you can take a leisurely walk to meet the animals.