Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, pt 3

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by stomps on May 28, 2006

This review is a continuation of my Lone Pine, part 2 review.

To my chagrin, Dicko would do absolutely nothing for me. I stood, talking and trying to convince him to come out of his shell, for a good 5 minutes before my friends threatened me with abandonment. I’m sure as soon as I left he couldn’t shut up.

Next, we headed to the kangaroo enclosure. We were surprised to find that this was a huge area that we could actually walk around in with the kangaroos. The entrance had kangaroo food, a bag of which only cost $1. We bought a bag and split it between three of us and still had plenty. When we first walked in, the whole troop decided to move to a different corner, so they all hopped by, which was awesome to watch. I felt like I was in a commercial for Australia or something.

The kangaroos were incredibly tame (being the smaller brown variety rather than the red type), and let you go up and touch them, within reason. My friend attempted to wrap her hand around one of the roos and take a picture of herself with him—she got the picture, barely, but the roo did not approve and quickly moved away. They ate all of our food very quickly, and we soon had plenty of kangaroo slobber in its place.

Along with roos, there were also wallabies in the enclosure. Wallabies are just smaller kangaroos (and the name of the national Rugby Union team) with much prettier markings. The ones we saw had white and black stripes on their faces. These were even calmer than the roos. After going to the red roo enclosure, which we weren’t allowed to walk in due to the fact that they are around 6 feet tall (as opposed to the much more manageable three or so of the brown roo), we were walking to the exit and found a little troop of wallabies. These were even tamer than the roos, just lounging on the grass. Some of them had little joeys in their pouch, but I think they were still too young to come out.

There was plenty of other Australian wildlife in the park, including dingos, Tasmanian devils, a very lazy fat-looking wombat, a few small crocs (if you want crocs, go to Australia Zoo), and a cassowary. We stood in amazement staring at the cassowary for a while, trying to figure out how evolution could ever create a blue and red, furry-looking bird with a huge piece of bone on its head.

On the way out, we went in the gift shop, and my friend was absolutely disgusted when she picked up a soft leather coin pouch before finding out that it was made out of kangaroo scrotum. What a hilarious gift!

I loved visiting Lone Pine, and it is so convenient to Brisbane that there is absolutely no reason not to go enjoy the wildlife!
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Jesmond Rd
Brisbane, Australia, 4069
+61 (0)7 3378 1366


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