Today I present my favorite shots of Brisbane and the nearby Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Here is Brisbane’s Central Business District:
Remember from Monday the South Bank Parklands? One sight here that I did not show you was the Wheel of Brisbane:
Wheel of Brisbane
Of course, I had to include a shot of Ursula posing with her new friend:
Ursula Posing with her New Friend
And, finally, I’ll leave you with these two friendly chaps:
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”
Next stop after Sydney on the 2020 cruise was Brisbane. But, again, weather was better on our 2019 trip, so most of today’s photographs are from eleven months prior. The exception is the image above, which was taken in the South Bank Parklands. South Bank Parklands sits on the south shore of Brisbane River, and offers great views of Brisbane’s city center.
Brisbane Skyline along the Brisbane River
Spanning Brisbane River, but not at this location, is Story Bridge. This impressive span first opened in 1940, and it connects Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD) with Kangaroo Point:
In the shadow of the north pylon of Story Bridge is Felons Brewing Company, which I shall have to visit one day:
Story Bridge and Felons Brewing Company
But let’s go out into the country to see if we can obtain a higher vantage point from which to overlook Brisbane. Five miles east of Brisbane CBD and Story Bridge, rising high above the city, is Mount Coot-tha Lookout.
Mount Coot-tha Lookout
From here you’ll see views of Brisbane such as this:
Brisbane as seen from Mount Coot-tha Lookout
The lookout area has a gift shop, café, and even some food trucks, so you’ll leave here refreshed and ready for our next stop on Wednesday — Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
Mount Coot-tha Lookout