Brisbane Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Excursion Reviews

Take advantage of the rare opportunity to hold a koala and peruse the lush sanctuary!
Get near with Kangoroo, Koalas
Get near with Kangoroo, Koalas
Get near with Kangoroo, Koalas Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Loved all the koalas!
Loved all the koalas!
Loved all the koalas! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
The tour guide on the bus was informative.
The tour guide on the bus was informative. The sanctuary was very nice with plenty of interaction. The tour of the city was great, plus taking the earlier excursion to the sanctuary gave me time to walk around downtown and catch a shuttle ... Read More
The tour guide on the bus was informative. The sanctuary was very nice with plenty of interaction. The tour of the city was great, plus taking the earlier excursion to the sanctuary gave me time to walk around downtown and catch a shuttle back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It is what it is.
It is what it is. Koalas sleep for twenty-two hours a day! So, most koalas were dozing. They were in enclosures that didn't look natural, so in other words any pictures would have unavoidable man-made objects in them. There was a ... Read More
It is what it is. Koalas sleep for twenty-two hours a day! So, most koalas were dozing. They were in enclosures that didn't look natural, so in other words any pictures would have unavoidable man-made objects in them. There was a field full of kangaroos, but the humans were always following them about or even physically repositioning them for purposes of the photo! A lot of pushing and jostling for position made you wonder who were the animals! Forget about actually holding a koala...the line was very long and a worker would hold one as you stood by. Seemed like a big rip-off! It was OK, but nothing to write home about. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
got to feed Emu and Koala Bears.
got to feed Emu and Koala Bears. Missed holding them as you need to sign up when you first get there.
got to feed Emu and Koala Bears. Missed holding them as you need to sign up when you first get there. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Veryinteresting Sanctuary.
Veryinteresting Sanctuary. Another tour that a family would enjoy and you can do at your own pace.
Veryinteresting Sanctuary. Another tour that a family would enjoy and you can do at your own pace. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Disorganized.
Disorganized. They were not expecting us when we arrived so we all stood around for WAY too long before being instructed what to do. We never had a chance to have photos taken next to the Koalas like we were told we could do.
Disorganized. They were not expecting us when we arrived so we all stood around for WAY too long before being instructed what to do. We never had a chance to have photos taken next to the Koalas like we were told we could do. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our guide included a wonderful city tour in addition to visiting the sanctuary.
Our guide included a wonderful city tour in addition to visiting the sanctuary. The sanctuary was terrific especially being able to pet the koala & the kangaroos. It was the perfect size & everything could be seen in the 2-hours ... Read More
Our guide included a wonderful city tour in addition to visiting the sanctuary. The sanctuary was terrific especially being able to pet the koala & the kangaroos. It was the perfect size & everything could be seen in the 2-hours spent there. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Enjoyable day and stayed in city for longer.
Enjoyable day and stayed in city for longer. Enjoyable day.
Enjoyable day and stayed in city for longer. Enjoyable day. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is worth a visit!
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is worth a visit! We did the "Behind the Scenes" tour, which wasn't quite behind the scenes, but it does enable you to skip the line to hold a koala. The amount of time spent here was just right and ... Read More
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is worth a visit! We did the "Behind the Scenes" tour, which wasn't quite behind the scenes, but it does enable you to skip the line to hold a koala. The amount of time spent here was just right and we loved getting so close to these cute little guys! We were happy the tour operators offered to drop guests off in Brisbane afterwards, so we got to spend a couple of hours checking out the city after the sanctuary visit was over. I don't often book excursions with the cruise line, but this one covered everything I wanted to do while in port. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Very fun to be up close to both kangaroos and koalas
Very fun to be up close to both kangaroos and koalas
Very fun to be up close to both kangaroos and koalas Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Wonderful hands on experience with Koala and walking with Kangaroos
Wonderful hands on experience with Koala and walking with Kangaroos
Wonderful hands on experience with Koala and walking with Kangaroos Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Overall it was a good excursion.
Overall it was a good excursion. However we wanted to be dropped off in town to meet some friends staying in Brisbane and this would have required us to get the shuttle back. We were told by the excursion desk that this was not possible. ... Read More
Overall it was a good excursion. However we wanted to be dropped off in town to meet some friends staying in Brisbane and this would have required us to get the shuttle back. We were told by the excursion desk that this was not possible. On starting the tour, the guide specifically asked who wanted to be dropped off. This mis information made us have to cancel our visit to friends and was disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Absolutely the best place to see koalas and kangaroos.
Absolutely the best place to see koalas and kangaroos. The aviary, which was in a large enclosed netted area was also very good. The animals seem much better cared for than in other locations. Walking in Brisbane after the tour was nice. ... Read More
Absolutely the best place to see koalas and kangaroos. The aviary, which was in a large enclosed netted area was also very good. The animals seem much better cared for than in other locations. Walking in Brisbane after the tour was nice. The pedestrian only central district is lovely. Go to Georges for lunch, a Greek restaurant on the waterfront with good food and lovely views Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
What an experience to actually hold and pet a Koala.
What an experience to actually hold and pet a Koala. The other animal in this zoo were also amazing
What an experience to actually hold and pet a Koala. The other animal in this zoo were also amazing Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Did our own through the Cruise Critic members blog, shared a taxi each way.
Did our own through the Cruise Critic members blog, shared a taxi each way. Fab!
Did our own through the Cruise Critic members blog, shared a taxi each way. Fab! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Fab trip by boat up the Brisbane river.
Fab trip by boat up the Brisbane river. Small climb to the sanctuary and then a great time and great photos, food, souvenirs. A worthwhile trip. We got to the boat by taxi. Sharing with another couple taxi only cost $33 a couple.
Fab trip by boat up the Brisbane river. Small climb to the sanctuary and then a great time and great photos, food, souvenirs. A worthwhile trip. We got to the boat by taxi. Sharing with another couple taxi only cost $33 a couple. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We took a car service out to Lone Pine, which was swift and easy to book in advance.
We took a car service out to Lone Pine, which was swift and easy to book in advance. Lone Pine was a highlight of the trip and a must do if you enjoy animals. You have access to view and photography hundreds of Koalas close up. Even ... Read More
We took a car service out to Lone Pine, which was swift and easy to book in advance. Lone Pine was a highlight of the trip and a must do if you enjoy animals. You have access to view and photography hundreds of Koalas close up. Even mid-day many were active, awake and moving around with the 'tree' environments at the park. There is an amazing Kangaroo enclosure. Think dog park, but with dozens and dozens of animals from the kangaroo family. They will eat from your hand, or let you touch them. The turn to Brisbane was via the Miramar river cruise, which drops you right by the Victoria bridge with access to the city for further sightseeing. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Overpriced but very good, didn't see much of Brisbane because we were rushed back to the boat
Overpriced but very good, didn't see much of Brisbane because we were rushed back to the boat
Overpriced but very good, didn't see much of Brisbane because we were rushed back to the boat Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
It is one of only a few places that you can hold a Koala.
It is one of only a few places that you can hold a Koala. The Koala are treated very well and they only have human contact for a very short period. Over 100 Koala plus other animals. A very manageable site which is easy to walk around.
It is one of only a few places that you can hold a Koala. The Koala are treated very well and they only have human contact for a very short period. Over 100 Koala plus other animals. A very manageable site which is easy to walk around. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The excursion was for a driving tour through the city, then some time in the Lone Pine Koala ...
The excursion was for a driving tour through the city, then some time in the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then some more touring through the city. The city tour had only one stop for a photo opportunity. Then time in the Sanctuary was ... Read More
The excursion was for a driving tour through the city, then some time in the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then some more touring through the city. The city tour had only one stop for a photo opportunity. Then time in the Sanctuary was limited to an hour and a half. I would have been more pleased with less time touring and more time playing with koalas. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We visited the city of Brisbane ( a lovely city- lots of parks) and then headed to the Sanctuary.
We visited the city of Brisbane ( a lovely city- lots of parks) and then headed to the Sanctuary. We got our picture taken with a koala (20$), so so cute they are, and then visited with the small kangaroos. Soo adorable!!! And visited the ... Read More
We visited the city of Brisbane ( a lovely city- lots of parks) and then headed to the Sanctuary. We got our picture taken with a koala (20$), so so cute they are, and then visited with the small kangaroos. Soo adorable!!! And visited the entire Sanctuary-lots of other animals. Great tour. Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
small sanctuary but only place you can hold a koala.
small sanctuary but only place you can hold a koala. Seem to treat animals well and spent time explaining different animals and their story. Small is the key word. If you are expecting world class zoo this is not it It takes about 1 ... Read More
small sanctuary but only place you can hold a koala. Seem to treat animals well and spent time explaining different animals and their story. Small is the key word. If you are expecting world class zoo this is not it It takes about 1 hour to walk around the whole area and 30 minutes (or less depending upon the line) for koala session. Good cause. We signed up for the extra cost of the behind the scenes but it was cancelled on us so only saw the "regular" tour part. Based on what we saw there are pretty much no behind the scenes that you can't see from the walk around. IT would have been nice to hear more about the koalas but in retrospect did not seem worth the extra monies once we got there. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Looked at doing this ourselves but as the ship was docked at the Grain Terminal near the mouth of ...
Looked at doing this ourselves but as the ship was docked at the Grain Terminal near the mouth of the Brisbane River and nowhere near any public transport thought it would be easier to do through the ship. Also, read on one review that a ... Read More
Looked at doing this ourselves but as the ship was docked at the Grain Terminal near the mouth of the Brisbane River and nowhere near any public transport thought it would be easier to do through the ship. Also, read on one review that a woman had done it herself and said she saved about $10 and it took a lot longer and involved a lot of logistics. We got a comprehensive tour of Brisbane city on the way to Lone Pine and another on the way back down the opposite side of the river with a photo stop at Kangaroo Point. At Lone Pine you can hold a koala (included in the price) and for an extra $16 can have your photo taken if you so desire (this also allows others in your party to take pictures with their own cameras of you as well). I have never seen so many koalas before. There are always some moving or eating and not always sleeping like in other places I have seen them. I believe Lone Pine is also the only place where you are allowed to hold a koala and not just pat one or stand next to one.You have enough time there to see all the animals but not enough to see the shows. They have an excellent platypus exhibit, dingoes, freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats, Tasmanian Devils, wombats, various birds, kangaroos (red and grey), wallabies and emus. The latter three you can walk up to, pat and feed if you want to. (Food is $2). There is a small shop inside, a food outlet where you can eat sitting next to lots of koalas, and a small gift shop at the entrance. On the way back we could choose to be dropped off in the city at the shuttle stop or taken directly back to the ship. If we got off in the city we were able to use the shuttle to get back to the ship free of charge. The ship to city shuttle was $25 return otherwise. Therefore for little more than the price of the city shuttle and Lone Pine entry fee we got a guided tour of Brisbane, transport and entry to Lone Pine, time for shopping or sightseeing in the city and travel back to the ship. Excellent value and highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International