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River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Tour

River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Tour


  • Cruise along the Brisbane River listening to the creative narration from your Captain
  • See breathtaking modern mansions and historic Queenslander homes
  • Hand feed kangaroos and emus at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

The Koala and River Cruise is a memorable journey on the Brisbane River to the renowned Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. This popular cruise has been taking locals and visitors to the park for over 60 years and is a 'must do' experience during your stay in Brisbane.

What's Included?

  • 1.5 hour river cruise along Brisbane River
  • Commentary by knowledgable cruise captain
  • 3 hours at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

You will board your boat in Brisbane’s Southbank district and leave the city behind on a relaxing cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Enjoy an informative commentary as you glide along Brisbane’s waterfront, passing from the bustle of the city’s skyscrapers to leafy suburbs with waterside mansions. Relax on the ultra-modern cruise boat and indulge in homemade meals and snacks from the on-board cafe. You will have 3 hours to explore the world’s largest koala sanctuary, with more than 130 Koalas on site. Hold a koala, take photos with the adorable marsupials (additional expense), and perhaps catch a talk by the koala keepers. Discover the Platypus House or check out owls and sea eagles soaring above you at the popular Birds of Prey show. You can also feed the kangaroos and wallabies or watch a sheepdog show where you see the hardworking dogs round up a herd of sheep, responding to their master’s whistles, calls and hand signals. A fantastic and memorable day out for all the family!

Session Length

  • This tour operates every day
  • Cruise departs at 9am and back in the city at 2.45
  • The duration of the tour is 5.5 hours
  • The cruise to Lone Pine takes 1hr and 15 mins
  • Time spent at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is 3 hours
  • This tour does not operate on Anzac Day (25th April) or Christmas Day (25th December)
  • This tour does not operate on Annual Maintenance (27–31 May), inclusive.

Departure point

  • 8.30 to 9.00am - Boarding from Cultural Centre Pontoon
  • 9.00am - Depart Cultural Centre Pontoon
  • 10.15am - Arriving at Lone Pine Sanctuary
  • 3 hours and 15 minutes in Lone Pine Sanctuary to explore
  • 13.30 - Depart Lone Pine Sanctuary
  • 14.45 - Arrive back in the city at Cultural Centre Pontoon


There is minimum fitness level required to walk around the park, as well as 28 stairs to walk up from the river to the Koala Sanctuary.

  • Koala Holds are only available for purchase at "Lone Pine Sanctuary Experience Hut" on the day of the visit. Availability for this experience will vary daily.


  • Change your booking up to 24 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 24 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

The boat can hold up to 100 passengers, however there is no minimum number of people required for the tour to go ahead.

Dress Code

A jacket is recommended in the cooler months.

This experience departs from the Brisbane CBD.

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