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!
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.