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  World’s First and Largest Koala Sanctuary

Only 12km from Brisbane City, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary with 130 koalas. Hold a koala, hand feed kangaroos and meet a large variety of Australian wildlife in beautiful, natural settings.

Lone Pine encourages guests to connect with wildlife through specially crafted, close encounters.

Koala Meet & Greet

During this free experience, guests are able to stand next to a koala, held by a Wildlife Officer. Enjoy pats, and ask all of your koala questions. 
Guests are welcome to take photos on their own devices (no costs apply).

Available 1:30-2:00pm daily. Extended session times may apply.

Photo Opportunities

Holding and photo opportunities - an interactive experience with heart

By choosing a paid photo experience, you will meet dedicated Wildlife Keepers, have close animal encounters, and support wildlife research, education and koala food plantations. Available daily.
Koala hold: From 9:30am*
Raptor hold: 10:45am & 12:45pm
Snake hold: 12:00pm

Photos start from $25 and include a high resolution download. After the Lone Pine photographer has obtained the professional photo, guests are encouraged to take photos on their personal devices. For more information on photo products, see here.

Koala holding at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Whilst we hope for all guests to have the opportunity to meet a koala, the holding of a koala cannot be guaranteed on any given day. Reasons for this may include:

  • Reduced number of handling koalas due to breeding season.
  • Weather events (e.g heatwaves or flooding).
  • Legal maximum koala handling time reached.
  • Koala's choice. We do not force interactions upon our koalas. 

*Subject to availability. Click here for further information. 

Interactive Shows & Activities

Our daily shows and activities are an excellent way to learn about your favourite animals and enjoy unique photographic opportunities. A full daily schedule is available to download here.

Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies: 9:00am-4:30pm
The Kangaroo Reserve is home to around 150 free-ranging kangaroos and wallabies as well as emus and a wombat exhibit. To feed kangaroos and wallabies, specially ordered pellets are available for purchase from the General Store.

Hand-feed lorikeets: 9:45am & 4:00pm
Keepers carefully prepare supplement feed for lorikeets and invite guests to feed the birds twice a day. This experience is a sensory delight full of colour, bird calls, and friendly lorikeets using guests as trees to enjoy their daily feast.

Sheep Dog Show: 11:00am, 1:00pm & 3:30pm
This commentated show provides insight into Australia’s sheep farming history and farm dog training, while skilled sheep dog handlers and their canine companions herd sheep through green pastures. Meet the furry and woolly stars of the show at the end of each session.

Free Flight Raptor Show: 10:30am & 12:30pm
This popular show demonstrates free-flying raptor hunting techniques and adaptations while providing an insight into the secretive lives of magnificent birds such as owls, eagles and kites.


Download Daily Schedule here

LPKS Daily Schedule