Snuggling with Aussie Wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

One of the best things about Australia is its unique wildlife!



In Brisbane, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary invited The Chronicles of Wanderlust to visit its park to get up close and personal with some furry critters.


Inside, we bought bags of animal food and entered the kangaroo enclosure.



In an instant, we were swarmed by dozens of hungry kangaroos! They were so eager to get some snacks out of our hands. Kangaroo drool soaked my fingers but I didn't care. I was having way too much fun! It's not everyday you get the chance to feed and play with these cuddly marsupials.








Kelly and I fed these cuties vegetable pellets, which looked very similar to rabbit food. Did you know that kangaroos are grazing animals that live off grass, plants and shoots? They also don't need a lot of water and can survive without it for months at a time.




The enclosure had kangaroos of all different ages and sizes. Just look at this adorable joey! For those that don't know, joeys are baby kangaroos. Joeys live inside their mother's pouch but start to come out for small periods of time when they reach nine months old. 


Our bags of food got emptied pretty quickly. We gave our new friends a final pat and moved on to the koalas!

Photo Credit: Kelly Tyndall



I think I was a koala in my previous life. These guys sleep up to 20 hours a day! Almost as much as me. Koalas inhabit eastern Australia where they live in trees and never stop eating eucalyptus leaves. In fact, they can consume up to one kilogram of plants a day despite their small size. Eat, sleep and repeat? Sounds like paradise to me!
 


We reached the koala photo station and jumped at the opportunity to hold one! This handsome fella's name was Piper.






Koalas may look all light and fluffy but don't be fooled. They are actually quite heavy and can weigh up to nine kilograms. The first time I held one, I wasn't expecting the weight and almost dropped the poor little guy! 

After hanging out with the kangaroos and koalas, we explored the rest of the park. 




Photo Credit: Kelly Tyndall


Check out these massive bats! Grey-headed flying foxes are the largest bats in Australia and inhabit rainforests, woodlands and swamps.



Photo Credit: Kelly Tyndall

You definitely don't want to mess with this critter! Tasmanian devils are carnivorous marsupials with sharp teeth and very powerful jaws. Their diet consists of snakes, birds, insects and fish which are consumed whole, bones and all.



We strolled past a variety of kookaburra birds and dingoes indulging in blood popsicles. Finally, we got to the wombat enclosure. We instantly fell in love with this chubby and oversized guinea pig.




Looks like he's busy at work. Wombats live underground and use their claws to create tunnels and burrows.


I can't believe I got to pet an emu! Although these gigantic birds can't fly, they sure can run fast. Emus can run up to 48 kilometres an hour!

I had a blast at Lone Pine and I'm sure you would too. It's the world's oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world and offers an experience unlike any other. If you're in Brisbane and want to get face-to-face with Australian wildlife, head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for a fun-filled day. The park is located 15 minutes away from downtown Brisbane and is easily assessable by public transportation.

Melissa Li

I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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