Visit to the Sanctuary

Trip Start Aug 24, 2011
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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

We made our way via bus to the “Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary” for a day of animal viewing. The video below ("click" in order to watch) shows some of the highlights of our visit to the park. The wildlife in the sanctuary includes: koalas, kangaroos, tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas, and various species of reptiles, as well as a platypus.
  
As you can see from the video the “Koala Forest” is a large koala enclosure with over 30 koalas surrounding the visitors. Koalas there are fed mid-morning and mid-afternoon. We arrived during that time and saw one of them jumping from branch to branch in their hurry to eat the best, fresh gum leaves. Most of the others were sleeping, they sleep 20 hours a day!
 
We saw many colorful Australian parrots and cockatoos, as well as other Australian birds such as kookaburras (see photo below), emus, cassowaries among others. Free flying rainbow lorikeets fly to the Sanctuary for the specially prepared nectar meals. As you will see Darcy was feeding the lorikeets during our visit.
 
We also feed and pet the free-roaming kangaroos in the five acre open-plan kangaroo reserve, where more than 130 of the animals freely reside. Kangaroos are sometimes seen with a joey in their pouch. As well as being a wildlife sanctuary, there is a small 'farm', with "Sheep Dog Shows" which I included in the video. This was very interesting to watch and see the skill of the dogs doing a job they love! We had a very interesting day.
 
Included in the entry is also our visit to the “Symphony under the Stars” with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Our friend Jen (who we met during our Central America Trip) lives in Brisbane and was kind enough to have us join her and her family for a great night of music. Also, Darcy & I visited the “Roma Street Parkland”, which has received acclaim from horticulturists from around the world.

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Mark on

Told you that you would get to see some koalas. Great video and pics!

tendashseven
tendashseven on

Amazing video! Wonderful pictures. Casey is going to be so jealous that you were able to interact so closely with the animals.

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