In Brisbane, I joined a crew tour to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. I signed up for the tour just to hold a koala, but ended up doing so much more!
My first stop at the sanctuary was a large field full of kangaroos and wallabies. I fed some of the kangaroos, and was able to pet a wallaby. I loved seeing the kangaroos hop around, though they usually walked on all fours. They have very short arms, so they looked rather awkward walking!
Next, I watched a short presentation about Tasmanian devils. The small animals are kind of cute, but they are disgusting little things! I was also able to see platypuses, wombats, and dingoes.
The sanctuary had koalas of all ages. There was a Retirement Home, Kindergarten, and a Bachelor Pad. My favorite place was the Koala Cuddling area. I was able to hold a sweet little guy and pose for a few photos. Although his fur was soft, his rear end was hard and callused. He was eating a eucalyptus leaf, and he smelled like the plant. Considering I have a eucalyptus allergy, I was very glad I loaded up on allergy meds!
I caught the end of a show about sheep shearing, and got to play with a sheep dog named Rex. While walking back to the entrance, I came across a little pony and a bird feeding area. Although the birds were beautiful, I hated having so many of them flying around my head. When a bit of droppings landed on my shoe, I ran out of there!
We were supposed to stop downtown to shop, but ran out of time. Although I didn’t get to see the city, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Brisbane! Up next, New Zealand!