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Cruise Diary: At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband were on Volendam for the trans-Pacific voyage to Sydney and the circumnavigation of Australia for 55 days. Enjoy these photos from their visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia.

We took the “Highlights of Brisbane and the Lone Pine Sanctuary” tour. The Lone Pine Sanctuary has koalas, wombats, platypus, kangaroos, emus, Tasmanian Devils and many Australian birds. The main reason we were visiting Lone Pine was to hug a koala. Queensland State unlike New South Wales allows you to hug a koala. After I hugged a koala and we had our photo taken, we went around to see some of the koalas at Lone Pine. We toured the forest area, the kindergarten and the retirement home (home for older koalas). On our way to Lone Pine, we drove through Brisbane and saw some of the famous sights before going to Mount Coot-tha for a view of Brisbane. After spending several hours at Lone Pine, we again drove through Brisbane and across the Brisbane River for view of Brisbane from Kangaroo Point. All of the koalas at the Lone Pine Sanctuary are so cute. Wish we could take one home!

Al and I at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary entrance sign.

Al and I at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary entrance sign.

Mother and baby koala.

Mother and baby koala.

These koalas are the youngsters – one- and two- years old. They are more active than the older koalas that sleep about 20 hours a day.

Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroo.

 We were thrilled to see this Tasmanian Devil walking around. They are usually nocturnal.

We were thrilled to see this Tasmanian Devil walking around. They are usually nocturnal.

An Emu.

An Emu.

3 Comments
  • Joan Hopke

    Thanks for the pictures of my favorite animal – the koala. I hope to get to Australia within the next two years so I have this Sanctuary and port on my important list. It would be a thrill of a lifetime if I get to hold a koala. Thanks again.

  • Connie & Larry Parke

    Sharon & Al are world travelers and absolutely love Holland America, as we do. They are great people to travel with – they are both walking travel encyclopedias.

  • Gloria Thiele

    Your journeys always prove to be interesting and your photos add so much. My cruising was minimal, but I loved Holland America. The crews were outstanding, the food terrific, etc., etc.

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