City Sights, Koala Sanctuary & Tree Planting
Tour historic Brisbane, passing Parliament House, the Treasury Building, City Hall and the Old Customs House. You will also pass the city's cultural center which combines the Art Gallery, the Performing Art Complex, the Museum and Public Library, all nestled beside the serene Brisbane River. From the top of Mt Coot-tha, enjoy spectacular views over Brisbane. A very special part of your tour will be a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, winner of many Australian Tourism Awards. Lone Pine is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with more than 130 of these sleepy marsupials. Your Cruise with Purpose experience involves planting a gum tree in the sanctuary’s eucalyptus plantation. By doing so you will be helping to provide a habitat for local wildlife and reduce carbon emissions and, most importantly, to feed and nurture Australia’s koala population by meeting their needs for increasingly scarce food resources. Wild fires and deforestation have decimated some of Australia’s gum tree stands. A sanctuary guide will escort you to the eucalyptus plantation and will show you around. You will learn about the koalas’ diet and the eucalyptus species itself. After the tree planting, you will have free time to explore the sanctuary, cuddle one of the beautiful koalas, hand-feed a kangaroo, see the rare platypus and enjoy many other Australian animals in the sanctuary beautiful setting on the Brisbane River. You will receive a Koala Cuddle photograph and a certificate from the Australian Koala Foundation—the principal non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to the conservation and effective management of the wild koala and its habitat.