You Should Definitely Cuddle Koalas and Feed Kanagroos if You Find Yourself in Brisbane
I had a childhood dream come true in Brisbane! I was so fortunate to get to go on a tour with ship friends to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, about a 20-30 minute drive from central Brisbane. Other friends of mine decided to go to the sanctuary on their own, splitting the cost of a taxi.
I have a lot of people ask if they should take the ship tour versus trying to go to sites on their own. My advice is always that there are pros and cons to each. If you're a seasoned traveler that isn't intimidated by another country's public transportation and are good with time management...go for it on your own. However, keep in mind that some transportation to sites from ports is tricky, you might get better information from an organized tour guide, and the ship will wait to depart if a sponsored tour doesn't arrive back in time due to traffic, etc. Think about what you are comfortable with and choose accordingly. I did a mixture of both.
We got a bit of a city tour as we drove out to the sanctuary/animal park. I was just expecting koalas, but it turned out to be full of Australian wildlife. First stop, because most people made a beeline to the koalas, was the kangaroo reserve. Buy your bag of kangaroo food from the gift shop for $2 and then walk right into the field with the kangaroos.
Next we walked through the park and saw birds, reptiles, platypus, koalas of course, dingos, wombats, the Tasmanian devil was hiding, and then it was time for the koala picture!
After spending a few hours in the sanctuary, it was time to head back to work. If you find yourself in Brisbane, take some time to go out there...and get a chance to see these unique animals up close.