Sunday, August 16, 2015

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

The original motivation behind our trip to Brisbane (at least on my end) was to pay a visit to the famed Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to hold a koala. I say famed because everyone from the Pope to Taylor Swift has visited, so you know it's legit. Holding a koala has been number one on my Australia bucket list, but it isn't legal in our state. When I saw ridiculously cheap flights to Brisbane a few months back, I jumped on them in order to make my dream a reality, and also explore an area of Australia we hadn't yet seen.

The trip to Lone Pine did not disappoint! The sanctuary is small and features mostly koalas, but there is also a nice variety of other native Australian wildlife to look at and of course a kangaroo park, which I'm learning is a staple at any Australian zoo.
We arrived a few minutes after it opened to beat the crowds and grabbed a quick muffin for breakfast at the cafe, which was nice and clean and not a normal zoo cafe. They generally really gross me out. 

We first visited some of the caged animals, including this friendly-looking (but probably actually vicious) dingo. 
\. Apparently koalas sleep for something like 20 hours a day, and I officially want to be one. 
Next we visited the kangaroos. We somehow missed the part where you buy the food, so they weren't that interested in us. We chased them around anyway in true tourist fashion. 
At one point a school girl gave us a handful of food and Peter quickly made a friend.
And then he got sick of us and bounced off. 
This guy below was HUGE. 
I somewhat creepily snapped a picture of a group of school children because I can't get over how cute their uniforms are...the matching hats are just the greatest. 
Alright now for the main event! 
Basically, it was everything I dreamed of and more, except for the fact that koalas don't smell great. They actually smell really, really weird. Also, I don't know what I was expecting, but this guy was HEAVY. We only got to hold him for about 30 seconds, just enough time for the photographer to get a photo and the keeper to whisk him away, but it was absolutely worth it! Dream realized.

As part of the ticket price, we got a copies of the professional photos, which I am most definitely going to frame.


  1. Good report! The photos are very cute.

    1. You guys will have to get some quality kangaroo photos when you visit!

  2. I love that you and Peter are holding Koalas!

  3. I hope you saw Marilyn Manson on the wall of celebs holding kangaroos. He is wearing a backpack. That makes it so great.

    1. Somehow I totally missed that. I would pay large sums of money to look through said backpack.

  4. So glad you got to hold a kola and it turned out better than my first experiences to Lone Pine, a kangaroo bit me, and a kola pooped in my hand. We take everyone to Lone Pine, it is great!

    1. HAHA. Oh my gosh that's hilarious. Not your day with the Australian wildlife :).



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