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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary River Cruise by Mirimar Cruises

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary with Return Scenic Cruise

Help code: 16BB-11F7


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  • Entry to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Modern river boat cruise
  • See Brisbane's riverfront highlights
  • Entertaining & informative commentary
  • Brisbane's best animal attraction
  • 3 hours to explore the sanctuary
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Offering a convenient departure point right from the heart of the city, this popular Brisbane River Cruise has been taking visitors to the popular Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for over 70 years. There is no better way to travel to the largest Koala sanctuary in the world than with a comfortable boat ride along the Brisbane River that will take you right to a disembarking point on the shores of the park. The perfect way to get up close and see eye to eye with Australia's huge range of native creatures while also enjoying the many sights and sounds of Brisbane's most attractive waterfront suburbs which are accessible only by boat.

You'll gain the benefits of an entertaining narrated journey from the experienced, entertaining and knowledgeable captain and see breathtaking modern mansions and historic Queenslander homes along Brisbane's exclusive riverfront. Upon arriving at Lone Pine, you'll have two and a half hours to explore the sanctuary where you'll be able to hand feed kangaroos and emus, check out the rare and shy platypus swimming, see amazing birds of prey, and - of course - have your picture taken while holding a koala!

Combining great sights with great attractions, this package is great for those looking to explore one of Brisbane's best animal attractions while also enjoying a relaxing and scenic cruise along Brisbane's famed river. Cruises depart on a daily basis from 10am at the Cultural Centre Pontoon in South Bank to arrive at Lone Pine by 11:15am, spend 3 hours at the Sanctuary. Arrive back at the Cultural Centre by 3.30pm.


  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Entry
  • Return Brisbane River Cruise from the CBD to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary on board a ultra modern cruise
  • Enjoy a narrated journey by the Captain and be amazed by his intimate knowledge of all things Brisbane
  • See breathtaking modern mansions and historic Queenslander homes along Brisbane’s sought after riverfront
  • Explore Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for three hours where you can hand feed kangaroos and emus, spy on a shy platypus swimming and plenty more


  • Delicious homemade snacks and light meals available on board cruise
  • Hotel transfers
  • Koala photos (available for purchase on the day, subject to availability)


  • Depart Cultural Centre Pontoon 10:00am
  • Arrive Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary 11:15am
  • Depart Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary 2:15pm
  • Arrive Cultural Centre Pontoon 3:30pm


  • The cruise departs from Cultural Centre Pontoon located on the boardwalk outside the Queensland State Library

Terms And Conditions

  • Concession purchases require a valid Australian Pensioners Card

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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Hannah Brouard 1 week ago
Everything was perfect and as stated on the website! We had an amazing day and it was so nice meeting animals originated from Australia like Koalas and kangaroos and many more! The cruise in the river was really relaxing and they even had blankets if cold!
Everything was perfect and as stated on the website
Hannah Brouard 1 week ago

Everything was perfect and as stated on the website! We had an amazing day and it was so nice meeting animals originated from Australia like Koalas and kangaroos and many more! The cruise in the river was really relaxing and they even had blankets if cold!

We took the Mirimar Cruise to Lone Pine
Chee Keong Lee 1 month ago

We took the Mirimar Cruise to Lone Pine. The cruise was clean and depart on time. It is very good for children to able to get so close to Kola and able to hug and touch it. My boy was able to feed tha kangaroo and touch the sheep it is a very good experience for a city boy. He is very happy.

Awesome crew
Leanne knudsen 7 months ago

Awesome crew. Really interesting commentary. Service was the best.

Trip was exceptional
Beatrice Adenekan 1 year ago

Trip was exceptional. The boat tour was amazing the staff were very friendly, and the tour of the sanctuary was also amazing. Up close once in a lifetime experience with the animals such as Koalas, Kangaroos, Viper etc. Would highly recommend this package.

We loved our experience with Miramar Cruise
Alyssa Villamor 1 year ago

We loved our experience with Miramar Cruise! It is a very good way to learn more about the famous Brisbane River and the buildings that surround it. The cruise boat is cosy and I am surprised that there is a cafe inside it! So we had our breakfast on the boat, the price is also affordable. We also love the Lone Pine Zoo! It feels so natural and the animals look happy and calm. We got to see loads of Koalas and feed the Kangaroos too. Although we only had 3 hours to stay in the Zoo (because the next trip back to the city is at 2 pm), it was enough for us to enjoy the sights and animals in the Zoo. Would definitely recommend anyone that’s holidaying in Brisbane to have a go at this experience with family and friends.

Nice relaxing cruise up the river
Catherine Robb 1 year ago

Nice relaxing cruise up the river. Good informative narrative. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary great experience. Lots of koalas to see and opportunity to hold a koala and have your photograph taken (for a price. Funds go to help with sanctuary costs). Lots of kangaroos to hand feed.

My first time visiting Brisbane
Sabrina 2 years ago

My first time visiting Brisbane, I only had a day and a half to explore as much of the beautiful city as I could. I read the reviews on Experience Oz + NZ, and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and River Cruise received high reviews, so I decided to book this experience. It was incredible! The staff were fantastic, the narrated journey really was entertaining, and the views along the river were incredible. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was a magical experience seeing all of the native Australian animals and nice food. Of course, my ultimate highlight was taking a photo with a koala (which, is an extra fee, and you can only hold koalas in Queensland), and feeding the kangaroos! I highly recommend visiting this place to all who visit Brisbane. I definitely would visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary again!

We had such a wonderful day out yesterday
Melissa Rihari 2 years ago

We had such a wonderful day out yesterday. The staff on the boat were lovely and incredibly helpful. They organised colouring in for my children and also allowed them to have turn driving the boat. Their food was fresh and very well priced. The Lone Pine Sanctuary was great too. Such a relaxing place. The free flight raptor show was mesmerizing. I found for Sanctuary the perfect size to walk around with without the children getting too tired. We saw loads of different animals and the kids loved it. I'd highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting or living in Brisbane and the surrounding areas. It's a lovely day out with friends or family and fantastic value for money!

I took my overseas cousin on this cruise to show him Brisbane from the river and
Eva Popper 2 years ago

I took my overseas cousin on this cruise to show him Brisbane from the river and, of course, the koalas. We had a great time from the moment of boarding. The staff were most helpful and the commentary most informative. I am a local and still learned a lot about my city. After walking all over Lone Pine, it was most relaxing to return home on the boat.

Enjoyed the day even though it was raining
Martin Ois 2 years ago

Enjoyed the day even though it was raining. The staff were friendly and helpful. Worth the money spent to see the animals.

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Remember your camera, Lone Pone is the world's largest Koala Sanctuary and is home to adorable Australian wildlife! The fast boat option arrives back to the Cultural Centre Pontoon 1 hour earlier, so it is perfect for those who would like to enjoy another activity in the afternoon.
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