Living in a city means that close encounters with native wildlife aren’t always within easy reach. Thankfully, Brisbane-based animal lovers can head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to hang out with furry friends, with the Fig Tree Pocket park home to an array of native fauna like wombats and Tasmanian devils, among others.
This November, the 18-hectare sanctuary will launch its newest wildlife experience, where you can spot creatures that go bump in the night.
The nocturnal experience is a 90-minute guided twilight tour through a vast eucalypt plantation, where you’ll take an enchanting one-kilometre stroll spotting the sanctuary’s residents using a non-invasive red torch and picking up their unique heat signature using a handheld thermal imaging device.
Along the trail, you’ll see and feed some of Australia’s most fascinating nocturnal wildlife, such as koalas, Tasmanian devils, echidnas, wombats, pademelons, bandicoots, tree kangaroos and more.
“The best part is that the whole experience is wrapped up in education,” says Lone Pine’s General Manager, Lyndon Discombe. “Visitors leave knowing more about these animals, and more about how to keep them on our planet by respecting and protecting their ecosystems and environments.”
Lone Pine is the world’s oldest koala sanctuary, and is home to 470 Australian indigenous fauna spanning 80 different species.
For more information, and to secure your spot at Nocturnal, which opens November 1, head to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary website.