Founded in 1927, Queensland's most famous fauna park is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's first and largest koala sanctuary. The attractions for most people are the koalas themselves (130 in all!), although emus, wombats, crocs, bats, platypuses, and lorikeets also reside here. You can hand-feed baby kangaroos in the free-range 'roo and wallaby enclosure, have a snake wrapped around you, or cuddle a koala and have your photo taken with one (for A$16, until 4:30). There's also a thrice-daily sheepdog show and regular barn animal and bird feedings.
MV Mirimar. A historic 1930s ferry, the MV Mirimar travels daily to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary from the Cultural Centre pontoon beside Victoria Bridge, leaving at 10 sharp (board from 9:30 am) then departing Lone Pine at 1:45 and returning to the city at 3 pm (A$68 round-trip, including entrance to the sanctuary). Bus 430 from Platform B4, Queen Street Bus Station, and Bus 445 from Stop 40 on
Adelaide Street also stop at the sanctuary. Taxis cost about A$40 from the city center, from which it's around 11 km (6.5 miles) to the sanctuary. Near Victoria Bridge, Brisbane. 1300/3221–0300 Mirimar Cruises; 13/749–426 Translink.