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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.

OPEN every day over Easter (9am-5pm)
& ANZAC Day (25th April, 1:30-5pm).
No surcharges apply.

Bush thick-knee
Burhinus grallarius

Bush Thick-knee

Predator of the night
Bush thick-knees come out at dusk to forage either on land or in water. These ground-dwelling birds feed on insects, molluscs, lizards and seeds.

Superior camouflage
During the day, bush thick-knees nest on the ground, relying on their feathers to camoflague and protect them from predators. When disturbed, they freeze motionless, often in odd-looking postures.

On the decline
Bush thick-knees are listed as ‘Near Threatened’ due to widespread population decline in the southern parts of Australia. Habitat destruction, as well as fox and cat predation, are major threats to this species.