When Lone Pine Sanctuary opened in 1927, koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) were being culled for their fur. The Sanctuary’s founder recognised that the species was in need of help to survive.

The sanctuary now cares for more than 100 koalas and 70 other native animal species including platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), cassowaries (Casuarius casuarius), lace monitors (Varanus varius) and four species of kangaroos and wallabies that can be hand fed by visitors – roo feed is available for sale at the ticket entrance.

There are animal shows throughout the day. Photo opportunities holding some of the animals are available for an extra fee.

The Sanctuary and Brisbane City Council co-created the Brisbane Koala Science Institute to help to conserve koalas in their natural habitats. The Institute includes a frozen tissue bank. Visitors are able to see the researchers at work and learn more through interactive displays.

Lome Pine is open everyday. Entry fees apply. There is a gift shop and café for visitors. Public transport is available by bus and ferry.