Circumnavigating Australia — Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

You’ll recall from Monday that Mount Coot-tha Lookout is about five miles/eight kilometers west southwest of Brisbane. Today we head south of Mount Coot-tha to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which is about 3.5 miles/5.6 kilometers away as the Australian raven flies. But were is that in relation to the rest of the world? Let’s take a look:

Only 11,565 kilometers to Los Angeles

And at least 5,000+ kilometers from anywhere outside Australia and New Zealand

Here at Lone Pine you’ll find many different indigenous mammals, birds, and reptiles. Many are quite tame, and you can even purchase species-friendly food to hand-feed them:

A spring in their step . . .

. . . and a taste for healthy kangaroo food

Ursula had a blast getting up close and personal with the resident kangaroos, as you can tell from her feeding one in the image above. Even the emu here are friendly. This guy enjoyed be petted and fawned over:

LiMu Emu on his day off

But, let’s face it, the stars of the show here at Lone Pine are the koalas:

Just hangin’ out

Cute, cuddly, and real hams before the camera. Yes, for a fee you can hold one, but those tree-climbing claws are sharp. If you do opt to hold one, you’ll be outfitted with protective vests and gloves.

“Get me a Fosters, mate”


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