on August 30, 2006
Forget the expensive, over-commercialized, sterile theme parks. For an up-close and personal look at Australian wildlife, take a trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.Being well positioned alongside the Brisbane River, only 11km from the city, access to the sanctuary is easy. Take a bus, the ‘River Cat’ (a ferry along the Brisbane river), or make use of the free car park and drive there using www.whereis.com for directions.The park has a natural and intimate feel that will see you hopping over kangaroo and emu poop, so be sure to wear suitable footwear. Daily scheduled presentations include the sheep dog show and birds of prey talks, as well as snake, wombat, and colourful lorikeet feedings (at 9:30am and 3pm daily), all of which are friendly and informative.With 50 acres of open land to roam, kangaroos and wallabies are very much at home in the reserve and relish the attention and hand-feeding from visitors. Obviously being called a koala sanctuary, the cuddly marsupials are a highlight. Aptly named kindergarten, boys, and retirement koala homes are scattered around the sanctuary. Personal cuddling and photo sessions are available all day, providing you with the perfect souvenir of your visit (best value is the eight postcards for only $10).Before leaving, enjoy a snack at the Koala Forest Café, or better still, take along your own picnic and have a real Aussie Barbie by the scenic Brisbane River (free BBQ facilities are available. It's a great day out, mate. Entry to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is $19 Adults, $14 Children.
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