During our time in Brisbane, Ellie and I decided to pay a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world. Also home to many other native Australian species such as kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas and various species of birds and reptiles, we spent a good full day exploring the sanctuary. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is only 12km away from Brisbane centre, and took about 45 minutes on the bus to get to, so I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re planning to visit Brisbane. Entry was $32, and a little extra to hold and be photographed with a koala, which I would say is definitely reasonable for the size of the park and the diversity of the species.
As well as the koalas, the sanctuary also has a 5 acre kangaroo reserve, where loads of kangaroos roam freely. This was probably my favourite part of the sanctuary, as we could go into the reserve and get up close with the kangaroos; they were very tame and would hop to you, expecting food. You can purchase kangaroo pellets once inside the reserve if you wish to feed them.
Also in Lone Pine is a small farm with goats and sheep etc, and you can go and watch a sheepdog show. I have a sheepdog myself so I was eager to go and see a show- it was fascinating to watch how well the dog could read commands and signals from both his master and the sheep. The farmer had two dogs: a kelpie called Dusty and a border collie. I was beginning to miss my border collie at this point in my trip so it was nice to be able to say hi to one.