Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Back to nature
A flock of loudly screeching rainbow lorikeets descends from the skies, and the kids laugh and squeal as the mass of coloured birds eagerly pecks food from their outstretched hands. This is quite a contrast to the peaceful time you have just enjoyed with a huggable, sleepy koala. Lone Pine offers a multitude of opportunities to interact with animals. Apart from koalas and lorikeets, you can hold owls, eagles, snakes and baby freshwater crocodiles, cuddle baby chickens and guinea pigs, and hand-feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus.
Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket; (07) 3378 1366
■ The opportunity to cuddle a koala. You can do this any time during the day for free, but if you want photos (even with your own camera) there is an extra cost.
Koalas are among the most famous of Australian animals and are known for their habit of sitting in eucalypt trees where they do nothing but eat and sleep. Despite their widespread notoriety, koalas are only found in small areas on Australia’s eastern coast, and are very particular about the type of eucalypt leaves they eat. These leaves also provide their drinking needs, but do not supply much energy, which is why koalas sleep most of the day.
■ Kangaroo food is available for purchase (low cost).