Koalas Around Brisbane

By travellingwithmynikon | Oct 11, 2020
Oceania > Australia > Queensland > Brisbane

There are plenty of wildlife parks in the Brisbane/South East corner area, and they all have Koalas for you to see as well as other native animals.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the place to come to if you only have time to visit Brisbane and want to see Koalas. Here you can have your photo taken with a Koala and see wildlife roaming around calling this place home.

Water Dragons have the run of the park, so watch where you are walking as they are everywhere

Water Dragons have the run of the park, so watch where you are walking as they are everywhere

You have plenty of other animals to see such as Birds, Cassowary, Platypus, Flying Foxes, Lizards and Snakes. A couple of Dingo pups were running around their enclosure, playing like a couple of young boys. Mum was watching them from the runway above while I was there. Usually, the Dingos are sleeping when I see them.

The Dingo Pups playing and learning how to hunt

The Dingo Pups playing and learning how to hunt

Shows

Once again, you have shows showing what our native birds and farm life is like. A Raptor Flight show and Sheep Dog Show allow you to see how agile the birds are and how skilled the dogs are in herding sheep.

The Border Collie was showing how he can manoeuvre the sheep through the gates

The Border Collie was showing how he can manoeuvre the sheep through the gates

Rainbow Lorikeets

At 9.45 am and 4 pm there is the feeding of the Rainbow Lorikeets. These colourful, wild birds come into the designated area to be fed and have photos taken with them. A few often hang around during the day, so if you're not there when the feeding is on, you might be lucky and see them around.

A couple of Rainbow Lorikeets cooling off on a hot day

A couple of Rainbow Lorikeets cooling off on a hot day

Koalas

Of course, what you really want to see are the Koalas, and there are plenty of them.

There are many places where you can not only see the Koalas but have your photo taken with them as well. Babies are something to keep an eye out for as the cute factor is off the scales.

Cute Babies are so curious at all the people looking at them

Cute Babies are so curious at all the people looking at them

Getting There

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is located in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket. You can either drive, take a bus or arrive on a ferry from Brisbane city.

Conclusion

If you're only in Australia for a short time and it's spent in Brisbane, then this is the park to come to. You can easily spend an afternoon or morning seeing all the animals that call Australia home and learn about them from the talks that occur during the day.

Hours

Daily: 09:00 AM–05:00 PM

Australia Zoo

Home of the Irwin's, Australia Zoo is located at Beerwah, Glasshouse Mountains, about 20 minutes off the highway to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane.

Although it's known as home to Crocodiles, they aren't the only residents here.

Shows

Along with the Crocodile shows, there are also Birds of Flight, Tiger, and Reptile as well as talks at the enclosures of other animals.

The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo is flying over the Crocoseum and our heads

The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo is flying over the Crocoseum and our heads

The Crocs put on a show showing their power and agility

The Crocs put on a show showing their power and agility

The Sumatran Tiger talk in the morning and show in the afternoon is another popular place to be to see these magnificent animals. You learn all about their plight in the wild and how zoos are helping to conserve them.

You can get very close to these big cats as they come right up to the glass that separates us

You can get very close to these big cats as they come right up to the glass that separates us

They even have a blind Tiger, an animal that wouldn't survive in the wild

They even have a blind Tiger, an animal that wouldn't survive in the wild

Other Animals

This is a huge park that you can spend all day looking around. As well as the Sumatran Tigers you have, Asian Small Clawed Otters, Australian marsupials, and an African area for Zebras and Rhinoceros to roam more freely.

The ultra-cute and adorable Asian small-clawed Otter

The ultra-cute and adorable Asian small-clawed Otter

This little Meerkat was keeping a watch out over the Rhinoceros and Zebra

This little Meerkat was keeping a watch out over the Rhinoceros and Zebra

Australian Natives

All the Australian native animals are here, and if you're lucky you'll see a baby Koala or an Echidna running around.

This busy little Echidna was after some grubs for his late afternoon snack

This busy little Echidna was after some grubs for his late afternoon snack

Bindi Island

Bindi Island is a large area where the Ring-tailed Lemurs are free to roam. In trees, on the path or walking along the ground, they are so entertaining, and plenty of photo opportunities are here.

Lemur Island is a great place to wander amongst the Lemurs

Lemur Island is a great place to wander amongst the Lemurs

Reptiles

The marsupials aren't the only native animals on show. The Snakes on show, are a valuable education into how dangerous this country can be if you're in the wrong place, at the wrong time, encountering the wrong snake.

One of the many venomous snakes that are at Australia Zoo

One of the many venomous snakes that are at Australia Zoo

Marsupials

Hopefully, a baby Koala will be there to greet you as he did me

Hopefully, a baby Koala will be there to greet you as he did me

At the end of a tiring today

At the end of a tiring today

On your way out, at the end of the car park, is the Hospital which you can also visit if you've paid a couple of dollars extra.

Here you can view the operating and recuperating rooms. You can see all the excellent work that the Hospital does for the local wildlife as well as their own in the Zoo.

Getting There

You can easily drive from Brisbane, the Sunshine or Gold Coast and there is a large car park.

You can arrive on a train, alighting at Beerwah Train Station, with the Australia Zoo shuttle meeting most trains.

There are also daily bus tours departing from Brisbane, the Sunshine and Gold Coasts.

Conclusion

This is an excellent attraction for learning all about Australian animals as well as Sumatran Tigers. You may even get to see the Irwins.

Hours

Daily: 09:00 AM–05:00 PM

Wildlife Hq

Wildlife HQ is a little zoo at Woombye on the Sunshine Coast and a great place to see Koalas.

This little zoo used to be Alma Park Zoo in Brisbane's northern suburbs before being relocated to the Big Pineapple to allow for more housing to be built.

There is a small train that runs through the zoo and up to the Big Pineapple and its eateries. You have a little cafe for snacks on the zoo grounds although you're welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy.

Farm Animals And Others

As you enter the park, you have farm animals, reptiles, Cassowaries and more before heading around to a walk-through of Kangaroos.

One of the many Lizards that call Wildlife HQ home

One of the many Lizards that call Wildlife HQ home

Australian Animals

Crossing over the railway tracks, you'll find yourself in the middle of the Australian animal section. Here you can find the Koalas, more Kangaroo and Wallaby, including an Albino Wallaby.

When I visited a few years ago, the Albino Wallaby had a Joey

When I visited a few years ago, the Albino Wallaby had a Joey

The Tassie Devil is usually either asleep or in hiding, but there are plenty of other animals to see including birds.

For a change, the Tassie Devil is awake and running around

For a change, the Tassie Devil is awake and running around

There are plenty of Koalas to keep you entertained here. They have pit enclosures that make it easy to see them at eye level.

Hopefully, a Koala will be awake long enough to take a photo of it

Hopefully, a Koala will be awake long enough to take a photo of it

Asian Rainforest

Maly, the Sun Bear, has a large enclosure to roam around. He is included with Binturong, Red Pandas and Blackbutt.

If you're lucky, you'll find Maly, the Sun Bear, roaming around his enclosure

If you're lucky, you'll find Maly, the Sun Bear, roaming around his enclosure

African Plains

As this is a small park, a small number of animals are introduced over time. The African Wild Dogs came a couple of years ago, and are found in many zoos in Australia and New Zealand now due to their dwindling numbers in the African wild. They also have Meerkats and Baboons.

African Wild Dogs are often found sleeping during the day. I was lucky I found one that was curious about what I was doing

African Wild Dogs are often found sleeping during the day. I was lucky I found one that was curious about what I was doing

South American Trail

Onto the South American Trail and you have Monkeys, Snakes and Ring-tailed Lemurs.

As this is a small zoo with no government funding, the Monkey's are in the old wire enclosures of the past. Hopefully, one day, they can be moved to a more open area popular with the bigger zoos in cities.

The Ring-tailed Lemur's, like the Meerkats, can keep you entertained with their antics

The Ring-tailed Lemur's, like the Meerkats, can keep you entertained with their antics

Conclusion

Perfectly balanced sleepytime with the Koalas

Perfectly balanced sleepytime with the Koalas

Another great little park to see animals, especially Koalas. Some of the paths are steep, and sometimes you just have grass to cross so bear that in mind if you have wheelchairs or strollers.

You also have the opportunity to have animal encounters which seem to be a lot cheaper than other zoos. You can view your options here.

Hours

Daily: 09:00 AM–04:00 PM

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Currumbin on the Gold Coast.

Whether you're based down here or not, and want to see Koalas, then this is the place to come to.

What To See

There are lots of native animals at this park with the usual shows and talks throughout the day.

Water Dragons wander free and are easy enough to capture as long as you don't get too close

Water Dragons wander free and are easy enough to capture as long as you don't get too close

Aviaries

Not far from the entrance is a bird aviary, where you can walk through looking for native birds.

Looking for the birds in the aviary can take you a while, especially little ones like the Sacred Kingfisher

Looking for the birds in the aviary can take you a while, especially little ones like the Sacred Kingfisher

Some of the birds are well hidden. They are either camouflaged high in the treetops or on the ground looking for grubs.

There are Parrots in other Aviaries further into the park. In these enclosures, you walk along looking into the open area where the birds are free to fly.

Watching the Gang-Gang Cockatoo, snacking

Watching the Gang-Gang Cockatoo, snacking

Shows

There are plenty of shows for you to see as you wander the grounds throughout the day.

Make sure that you plan the day well so you can fit everything in from Australian culture to the Free Flight Bird Show.

The Macaw in flight during the show

The Macaw in flight during the show

The Wedge-tailed Eagle, which flies over your head during the show

The Wedge-tailed Eagle, which flies over your head during the show

Crocodile

Another great show that you have to see is the Crocodile show. Get there early for this one to make sure that you get the right spot to watch the show.

You will be warned, but get ready for when the Crocodile jumps out of the water

You will be warned, but get ready for when the Crocodile jumps out of the water

The Lost Valley

After you have seen the Crocodile show, you should head to the Lost Valley. Home to the rainforest, it is reminiscent of Gondwanaland, thousands of year ago.
Many animals here include the Red Panda, Tree Kangaroo, Lemur as well as many more.

Walking up the boardwalks, you get to see the treetop animals eye to eye

Walking up the boardwalks, you get to see the treetop animals eye to eye

The Lemur enclosure is a walk-through area, also sharing the area with local birds. With the Lemurs, you can look but don't touch them. You can still get very close to them as they wander around.

The Lemurs just wander around on ground, trees and handrails

The Lemurs just wander around on ground, trees and handrails

Mandarin Ducks share the area with other birds and the Lemurs

Mandarin Ducks share the area with other birds and the Lemurs

Lorikeet

Lorikeet feeding happens twice a day, at 8 am and 4 pm. It is just outside the entrance so you can enjoy this experience without paying to go in. A gold coin donation is all that is required for the food that you can feed the Lorikeets. They are so used to humans, that they will land on you without an invitation.

Koala

Of course, what you have really come to see is the Koalas which are dotted all over the park.

The Nursery holds all the Mums and Bubs

The Nursery holds all the Mums and Bubs

Back near the entrance, are the Koalas that you can have a photo taken with. The Nursery with the Mum Koalas and their babies are near the back of the park.

You'll be exhausted by the end of the day

You'll be exhausted by the end of the day

Getting There

You can arrive by car, with a large car park for a fee that will go towards the Animal Hospital which cares for wildlife and zoo animals.

You could use public transport. Go to the Translink site to plan your journey.

Shuttle bus transfers can be organised by calling 1300 886 511.

Conclusion

This is an excellent park for families as well as those kids at heart. For the smaller ones, there is plenty of areas where they can play in the playground or enjoy cooling off on a hot day in the Wild Island Adventure Splash Zone.

There are new attractions every year, so if you've been before it's no excuse not to come back again.

All of these wildlife parks are worth your consideration. All do great work in the community helping wildlife as well as there conservation deeds. By visiting these parks, you're helping to keep these animals healthy and in breeding programs as well as supporting the local wildlife.

Hours

Daily: 08:00 AM–05:00 PM

Caution

Queensland is the skin cancer capital of the world, so always bring the sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, even in winter, and don't forget your water.

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Written by travellingwithmynikon
Hi. My name is Kim and I love to travel especially getting about in nature. I have only really started this seriously at the end of 2018 but I'm loving the lifestyle and community.

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