Let’s face it, you can’t go to Australia without getting that all important selfie with a Koala Bear. And I finally managed to get it in during my last couple of days in Australia, and where else better then Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
It is very easy to get to from the city, you just need to catch the 430 from Queen Street bus station and it takes you right there. The price of admission was extremely reasonable, only $35 for a day pass and then only an additional $20 or so to hold the Koala and get a printed picture, calendar and postcards of you with the Koala. But when I got to hold the Koala Bear it was quite emotional for me as it really brought together everything I had achieved in Australia in the past year and how much I was going to miss the country. But what it probably stirred in me was a reminder of just how much left I still want to see and do in Australia!
But what an experience! He was such a cute little guy! A lot lot heavier then I thought he was going to be but thankfully I didn’t do anything stupid like drop him! Though I did make a bit of a fool of myself when I said to the trainer that he needs to cut down on the bamboo a little bit….. epic fail…. he’s not a Panda Ben!
But of course holding the Koalas isn’t the only think worthwhile doing at Lone Pine. The other big draw is that you can go and feed the Kangaroos as well. It only costs about $2 too buy a bag of feed and it last a long time. I ended up giving half my bag to a small child I had that much left when I decided to leave. But the Kangaroos were very different to the wild ones I met up in the Tablelands. I suppose they are quite used to Human contact now so they are quite comfortable coming up to you and begging for food, a bit like when you come in from work and your dog goes and sits next to the biscuit cupboard, they know what’s coming! I guess in a way that is a little sad that they aren’t in their natural environment but at least they are happy, they had a lot of open space, and most importantly are safe from becoming road kill like most of the Kangaroos I saw in Australia became.