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Make your way to the Southbank district of Brisbane to catch your departing river cruise. Simply sit back and relax as the boat passes Brisbane's city skyline and out into the suburbs. On the way, listen to your captain's educational commentary about the river and its surroundings.

Arrive at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where you can proceed directly inside with your prepurchased admission ticket. View the more than 130 bears that reside there, as well as the Eastern Water Dragons, huge lizards that stroll the grounds. Watch the Birds of Prey Show, and take in the action at the working sheepdog show. Your tour also includes the bonus of admission to the Platypus House, a great place to observe the unique duck-billed platypus.

If you get hungry or need refreshments, meals and drinks are available both on the cruise and at the sanctuary (own expense).

Return to Brisbane the way you came, at Southbank.

Locations visited
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River
Mirimar Cruises

Combine a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary with a cruise on the Brisbane River on this stress-free tour. Booking this pleasant way to travel to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary means no fussing with public transportation or car rentals—you can sit back and relax on your scenic cruise. Admission to the sanctuary is included, where you'll have three hours to learn about native Australian wildlife and admire species such as koalas and kangaroos. 

  • Admission to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary with transportation via river cruise
  • River cruise transportation means no puzzling over public transportation or car rentals
  • Birds of Prey and sheepdog shows teach visitors about Australian wildlife
  • Gain a better understanding of koalas, their biology, and their behavior
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Best Day EVER!

Being a certified animal nut and one who appreciates both water and lovely homes, this was the day for me. We started our trip meeting the ferry Miramar at the docks behind the museums. It was lovely weather so sitting outside was a must. Lovely...More

Thank Carol Ann P
Reviewed 6 days ago
Lone Pine Koala cruise

There are 2 types of cruise, the normal and the express with speed boat. I would recommend sticking to the normal cruise, as although it takes longer time to reach your destination, i.e. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, but as the normal cruise departs much earlier,...More

Thank Arthur T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Nice Views

It is perfect to return from the Lone Pine Sanctuary after having visited the koalas a d kangoroo and them to get on the boat for an hour and a half to get to Brisbane relaxed and with great views and Also you can Take...More

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MirimarCruises, Owner at Mirimar Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely feedback. Regards Debbie

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Lone pine and cruise :D

Cruise run by very friendly and helpful Mark And Rob. We took fast one out which was very exciting and quick to get us to the lone pine koala sanctuary. Staff very helpful giving us advice about how to get best from trip. Took slow...More

Thank Jane T
MirimarCruises, Owner at Mirimar Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Jane for your lovely review and feedback. I will pass on your compliments to Mark and Rob. Great to hear you enjoyed the day including the food! Thanks once again for taking the time to write your review. Kind regards Debbie

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
We (and you) will love it !

On our free day in Brisbane we took this excursion. The Miramar II boat was on time, well appointed and well kept up. The lunch was adequate and the cruise on the Brisbane River was very interesting, especially the narration of the houses along the...More

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MirimarCruises, Owner at Mirimar Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your 5 star review and wonderful feedback. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your day with us. Kind regards Debbie

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Bob K
14 August 2018|
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Response from Eva B | Reviewed this property |
We took a train from Central Station and were fetched at the arriving station by a bus from Lone Pine. You might look at the train schedual to see if that is an obtion for you.
22 April 2018|
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Response from MirimarCruises | Property representative |
You are no longer able to prebook the Koala Holding Experience. Most days you are able to hold a Koala however recently a few Koalas had small joeys and were not able to be held. On the rare occasion that you may miss out... More
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