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Brisbane: the city and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

The wifi here in Bali has been comme ci comme ça and it has taken forever to upload all of these images so I apologise for the delay in posting, ah!

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We were only in Brisbane for a couple of days but I actually really liked the city. I only got to walk around the central shopping areas and pass the main square a few times but from what I saw, Brisbane is a pretty cool place. I just wish I had had more time to fully explore it.

When we were on the bus to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary we crossed the river. The arts building across from us along with Brisbane’s observatory wheel were vaguely reminiscent of London and home: it seemed so similar to the National Theatre and the London Eye on the Thames.

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The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

When researching things to do in Brisbane, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was one of the first things that popped up; something that wasn’t to be missed. For once, the internet was right. I loved my day out there: I got to see even more koalas than I had before (we saw some back in Melbourne), listen to a koala presentation and reptile presentation, watch platypus’ get fed, see Tasmanian devils, a kookaburra and, after five weeks of being here in Australia, I finally met and fed kangaroos!

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Selfie with a kangaroo? Check ✓

We had an early start and managed to get to the sanctuary for just past 10am – plenty of time to have a good look around. We wandered past bats, different types of birds, kookaburras and Tasmanian devils before entering the platypus area. This also housed the snakes (there were some really big ones and I didn’t know how I felt about them) but it was really interesting to learn about each snake species.

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There was a koala presentation on at 12pm so we started heading down to the Main Koala Exhibit. On the way we saw some dingoes (I’ve never seen them before) and we even got the chance to stroke one!

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We also had time to visit the ‘Koala Kingdom’ before seeing the presentation. Just outside this there were signs saying how far we were from certain countries – we couldn’t help but snap a picture by the London sign!

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How cute is this koala and her joey?!

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The koala presentation was interesting and taught us (very quickly) about koalas and their lifestyle (though Alice and I pretty much knew everything already from our Great Ocean Road trip and from the Koala Hospital back in Port Macquarie). After the talk, we could then line up to stroke one of the koalas and take a picture with it:

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We had just over an hour until the snake presentation so we decided to go and feed the kangaroos (we had never even seen kangaroos in Australia yet, let alone fed them!) We bought the food for $2 from the General Store and headed over to the enclosed area.

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The first thing we saw were the emus and Alice was scared of them. It was quite funny trying to get photos with them but I eventually managed it.

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We then wandered over to the kangaroo area and finally spotted one! A guy was trying to take a selfie with him (good idea) so once he was done we approached the kangaroo with the food in our hands. We tried extremely hard to get the sort of photos we wanted but unfortunately this proved difficult as kanga wasn’t co-operating.

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We also walked a bit further up and saw a whole load of kangaroos napping in the shade. We even got to see one with a joey – it was adorable!

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photo creds: Alice

The snake presentation was about to start and Alice was eager to get a good spot. The information given was again very interesting but it was gone through extremely fast. We did get to stroke on of the snakes though but if you wanted a photo you had to pay extra.

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photo creds: Alice

There was also a platypus feeding that we wanted to see along with a keeper talk back at the platypus house so we made our way over there just in time. The place was really crowded but we did get to see the platypus’ being fed as well as learn a bit more about them. It was far too difficult trying to get a decent photo of them as they moved so fast and the room was very dark.

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photo creds: Alice

Did you know that they darken the room the platypus’ stay in to trick them into thinking it’s nighttime so they are awake and swimming around during the day?

After this, everybody appeared to be crowding around the Tasmanian Devil pens so we joined them. It was so busy so I struggled to get photos of their feed but I tried my best:

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photo creds: Alice

It was about 3pm by this point and Alice and I wanted to go back to the kangaroos for one last time. On the way in a couple were leaving and offered me their kangaroo food as they hadn’t finished it. This was very kind of them and very handy since we hadn’t bought any extra food.

This time, all of the kangaroos were out on the grass and all huddled together. There were so many all over the place – it was a kangaroo free for all! We got all of the pictures and videos we wanted and I snapchatted away (my own camera at died, boo). It was just so lovely being able to feed them and sit with them: when are you ever going to get the chance to do this again?!

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photo creds: Alice

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We left the park feeling extremely happy and grateful for having such an opportunity. Brisbane was definitely one of our favourite stops along the East Coast simply because of the sanctuary – a must see if you’re around Brisbane.

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Viola xo

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