When I had booked flights through Brisbane, it was to accommodate meeting friends of Gemma’s, but when her travel plans changed, I learned that Brisbane was home to a KOALA SANCTUARY and thus I might as well keep my original travel plans in order to get a chance to cuddle a koala.
This was literally the only thing I had planned to do while visiting Brisbane, so if you are hoping for some sort of review of things to do and see in Brisbane proper, this is not the post for you. Basically, I can tell you to take the city bus for a few dollars to get to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. And it is great. So, if you don’t want to see dozens of pictures of drowsy koalas, get out now! There were other things at the sanctuary. Like a kookaburra! (I bet you are gonna have the kookaburra song in your head for the rest of the day!)My new favourite was the platypus. He was way cuter, smaller, and faster than I had imagined. He was a total delight!There is also a mob of kangaroos that you can chill with to catch all the latest gossip. There was a wide range of other Aussie specialties, like wombat, dingos, and Tasmanian Devils that you could peer at, as well as a sizeable population of lizards that would appear on the path whenever you weren’t looking while walking, requiring other tourists to hastily prevent gruesome squish sequences.
In short, if you find yourself in the area, by accident or on purpose, do stop by Lone Pine and spend a few marvellous moments with the eucalyptus-loving marsupial and other standard Australian beasts.