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Brisbane River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Visit

Brisbane River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Visit

From US$ 60.70 per person

The Koala and River Cruise takes you on memorable journey to the oldest and largest Koala Sanctuary in the world. This popular excursion has been taking visitors to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for over 60 years and is a must-do activity in Brisbane.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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  • Listen to the informative commentary from your captain as you glide along the Brisbane River
  • Enjoy homemade morning teas, meals and snacks from the on-board café
  • See over 130 beautiful koalas
  • Feed the kangaroos and wallabies at the Lone Pine Sanctuary
Full description
Board Mirimar Cruises from a convenient departure point in the heart of Brisbane city and embark on a relaxing cruise to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. On this 5.5-hour program you’ll enjoy informative commentary from your captain as you glide along Brisbane’s waterfront, passing from the bustle of the city to leafy suburbs with waterside mansions. Indulge in homemade morning teas, meals and snacks that you can purchase from the on-board café. After around 70 minutes of cruising you’ll arrive at Lone Pine, where you’ll have 3 hours to explore the world’s largest koala sanctuary that’s home to more than 130 of these adorable marsupials. You can cuddle a koala, have photos taken (at your own expense) and perhaps catch a talk by the koala keepers. Visit the Platypus House, where you may be able to see the shy platypus, a native to Australia. Owls, kites and sea eagles soar above you at the popular Birds of Prey show. You can also feed the kangaroos and wallabies: more than 100 of them live in a 5-acre reserve at Lone Pine. Along with koalas and kangaroos, Lone Pine hosts a sheepdog show where you see the hardworking dogs round up a herd of sheep, responding to their master’s whistles, calls and hand signals. After your time at the park, you’ll head back to the boat to enjoy a relaxing return trip to the city, listening to Australian music and sipping on a local Australian wine or beer.
  • Admission to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Food and beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

The meeting point is the Cultural Centre Pontoon. The pontoon is located on the South Bank Boardwalk, just outside the Queensland Art Gallery/Modern Art Gallery/State Library cultural precinct at South Bank (near the Cultural Centre Tunnel).

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Know before you go

  • Please note that there are 28 stairs to climb from the riverbank to the entry gates at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Please note, it is not guaranteed that you will be able to get a photo with or hold a koala. The local partner apologises for this inconvenience however it is outside of their control and is determined by Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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4.7 /5

based on 329 reviews

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the activity is very good! The sanctuary is great, you can really move around among the kangaroos it's great! the cruise is also very nice. However 2 small downsides, the 1st is that there could be audio guides for the commentaries of the cruise (knowing that the comments are pre-recorded), the 2nd is more unfortunate because the cruise arrives at the sanctuary at 11:15 am which is too much late to reserve a place for the photo with the koalas (when we arrived the available time was 2.30pm, unfortunately we left at 2.15pm ....). it is therefore not at all certain to be able to hug the koala, as the activity implies ...

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January 30, 2020

We thoroughly enjoyed the boat trip - the crew were professional, helpful and extremely pleasant. During the trip, we were given information in regards to the areas we were passing - an inspired education which was also very funny. The Koala Sanctuary was a fun day out - really good to be able to get so close to the animals. The sanctuary was clean, easily accessible and educational. I would highly recommend this trip.

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January 24, 2020

The river cruise was great, the food options were great and the views were very good. I like the audio commentary of the history and stories about the river! The ferry staff were also helpful and friendly with a sense of humor.10/10 recommend I enjoyed the koala sanctuary so much! We only spent a few hours there but we wished we spent longer! There are heaps of koalas and they seem to be very well looked after. We also got to meet some kangaroos up close,as there was an area where people and kangaroos can be in and interact. You can also buy some food for the kangaroos to feed them. We went to the snake talk, where one of the staff held a snake and talked about them; it was very fascinating and you can learn how to do a snake bite first aid which is useful. Staffed are knowledgable too. 9/10

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December 31, 2019

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