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by Nicky Mc
August 30, 2006
From journal Beautiful Brisbane
Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
October 5, 2010
From journal Brisbane June 2010
Los Angeles, California
October 21, 2009
When one only has about 24 hours in a new city, it begs the question "where do you go?" and "what do you see?". After having read the excellent reviews at this websitein preparation for my quick visit to Brisbane, Australia, I decided that I just HAD to see the koalas and have my picture taken with one.
Australia is a huge country and there is much to see, but if time is a factor, then Brisbane’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the place to go. I booked my visit through American Express Travel Services and my voucher was conveniently waiting for me at my Brisbane hotel when I checked in. My husband and I were picked up and dropped off at our hotel, which made the process so much easier, though there is a city bus that regularly goes to and from the sanctuary. Lone Pine is located a short distance from the Central Business District (CBD) and is a manageable outing, not taking up a huge amount of the day.
This natural habitat is truly a sanctuary for these beautiful animals. Some are injured and being nursed back to health and some are just protected from the modern elements endangering them. The sanctuary is home to not only koalas, but also beautiful birds (read below about the lorikeets feeding show), dingos, kangaroos, wallabies (small kangaroos) bats, a few crocodiles, snakes, Tasmanian devils, scrub turkeys, sheep dogs and gorgeous cockatoos to name a few.
It is important to know the park’s schedule of events as they present demonstrations throughout the day and some you simply don’t want to miss. Our driver recommended the "Birds of Prey" show, that we found to be enthralling. The trainers are experts at handling these large hunting birds with their dangerous talons and strong beaks. They demonstrate some of their many skills and flying capability. One only has to see the enormous wingspan of the majestic eagle to appreciate its strength and its place in the animal hierarchy.
But it was off to the koala area for me. The sanctuary provides an wonderful opportunity to get up close with this adorable creature. I felt a little bad knowing that daytime hours are not their preference – these marsupials are definitely nocturnal and many were "relaxing" and dozing during our afternoon stroll. The trainers though will ably assist in placing one in your arms for the coveted cuddle picture to take home as a memento of your visit. My koala, named Shassi, was cooperative and definitely photogenic. When you pick up your photo at their gift shop, take note of the famous faces that have visited this sanctuary. Hey, if it’s good enough for Mikhail Gorbachev, it’s good enough for me. I learned that koalas have two "thumbs" which helps them grip better when they hang in the eucalyptus trees. Their preference for eucalyptus leaves comes from an evolutionary development as those leaves serve little use due to their toxins and low protein level. Over time though, koalas have uniquely adapted to this one food source since they maintain a low energy output.
As my husband and I were returning to the entrance we walked through the lorikeet area. Three o’clock is their afternoon feeding time and it’s an event not to be missed. These beautiful little birds are calmly perched up in the trees minding their own business with only a few of them fluttering around. But, when the food is brought out by their keepers and offered to visitors to hold out for them, the fun begins. The lorikeets fly and dash furiously from one dish of food to another creating a colorful frenzy. The dashes of red, blue and yellow on their otherwise green feathers are striking and when seen in flight, to provide a rainbow display. The park’s visitors are in for a real treat when ensconced in this mesmerizing activity. I think the best part of this fun show is watching the faces of young children holding the feeding trays as the birds swoop and dive for the food. And yes, it made me feel like a kid again, too!
From journal Second Visit to Australia
Kidderminster, United Kingdom
November 2, 2003
From the entrance, the path takes you around a number of large cages with other native Australian animals, such as the fruit bat or flying fox, the sulphur-crested cockatoo, and the kookaburra.
Other animals in residence are Tasmanian devils, brushtail possums, wombats, goannas (a type of monitor), and several different species of kangaroo and wallaby.
Passing through a double-gated area brings you to a very large enclosure where the kangaroos and wallabies roam free. It is here that you are able to feed the animals with pellets purchased at the front gate. Most of these macropods behave themselves while being fed, though be on your guard, as the more clever ones will try to grab your entire stash of pellets, given half a chance! This area also has picnic tables and a covered gazebo in the unlikely event of rain.
As mentioned earlier, it is possible to be photographed holding a koala, and the cost of this is A$10.00 for a no-frills photo.
This outing is a definite all-day trip out and can be combined with a cruise up and down the Brisbane River. (For more info, contact Mirimar Cruises at North Quay.)
From journal Brisbane - A Sub Tropical Lifestyle
October 26, 2001
The Sanctuary gives people a chance to pet and feed many of the animal species native to Australia. You can get up-close and personal with many different species of koala. I am a huge fan of wombats, and the wombats here did not disappoint. I've attached a photo of a cute one.
From journal Bright and Sunny Brisbane
Forest Park, Georgia
October 7, 2001
From journal Brisbane, Australia Study Abroad
May 28, 2006
From journal Brisbane: Things to Do in my Second Home
February 7, 2006
From journal Brisbane, the Elegant Capital of Queensland