Lonely Planet review
About 12km southwest of Brisbane’s CBD, this wildlife sanctuary is an easy half-day trip. It’s the world’s largest koala sanctuary and with more than 130 of the cute and cuddly bears you won’t be lacking photo opportunities. A cuddle costs an extra, but irresistible, $16 (including photos), and you can hand feed the tame kangaroos for around $1 per bag of pellets. Keeping the koalas and roos company are wombats, possums, dingoes, Tasmanian Devils, raptors, a platypus and sheep and sheepdogs. Frequent presentations (birds of prey, sheep sheering, koala talks) give added insight. The sanctuary is set in gorgeous parklands beside the river.
To get here catch bus 430 ($4.70, 43 minutes, hourly), which leaves from the Queen St bus station, or bus 445 ($4.70, 37 minutes, hourly), from stop 40 on Adelaide St near King George Sq.
Alternatively, Mirimar II cruises to the sanctuary along the Brisbane River from North Quay, next to Victoria Bridge. There’s recorded commentary along the way. It departs daily at 10am, returning from Lone Pine at 1.45pm. One-way passage is half-price.