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Day 11 – Brisbane

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Dave!Today was doubly lucky for me as I got to meet with one of my long-time blogger friends, Mooselet, and visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary!

Koalas, like most animals, are adorable when they're babies. Unlike most animals, koalas stay adorable no matter how old they get. So, as you can imagine, visiting a sanctuary which has 104 koalas on the premises is guaranteed cuteness overload.

And it didn't disappoint.

I've seen koalas in zoos before, but at a distance and in a very different setting. The experience you get at Lone Pine Koala sanctuary is something entirely different...

Sleepy Koala
Koalas are mostly nocturnal, so you see a lot of sleepy guys in the daytime.

Sleepy Baby Koala
Baby koalas are, as you'd expect, a veritable explosion of cuteness.

Sleepy Koala
This guy is about as relaxed as you can get when it comes to sleeping in a tree.

Koala Pair
Everybody starts to wake up.

Momma and Baby Koalas

Momma and Baby Koalas
Baby koalas get to hitch a ride wherever they go. Must be nice.

Momma and Baby Koalas
Looks kind of like he might be koala surfing on momma there.

Koala Pals
Koala pals.

Koala Cuddles
Koala cuddle cluster. You find yourself saying "Awwwwww!" a lot at this place.

Dave2 Holds a Koala
Talk about cute overload! (I'm the one on the left).

Lone Pine has more than just koalas though... they've got all kinds of animals, reptiles, and birds around...

Crocodile Smile
Crocodiles have a killer smile.

Crocodiles and a Turtle

Tassie Devil
Tasmanian Devils, which I just love, are highly endangered and will be extinct in the wild soon.

Chubby Wombat
Wombats are too adorable. Like fuzzy piglets or something.

Feeding a Kangaroo!
Feeding a kangaroo. They're amazingly polite about it.

Kangaroo and Wallaby
A wallaby and a kangaroo hanging out.

Momma Kangaroo and Joey in the Pocket
A momma kangaroo with a joey in the pocket!

Baby Joey in the Pocket!
Joey on the lookout.

Feeding a HUNGRY Kangaroo!

Soggy bats try to sleep through the rain
Soggy bats try to sleep through the rain.

After rain broke out at the koala sanctuary in yet another bizarre weather change (there were flawless blue skies when I arrived this morning), Mooselet was nice enough to drive me up Mount Coot-tha for a look over the city...

Mt Coot-tha Lookout

After lunch, the rain started letting up, which made for a nicer view of Brisbane...

Mt Coot-tha Lookout


Pretty much the perfect way to spend a vacation day... thanks for coming along, Mooselet!

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  1. Geekytaitai says:

    Awesome photos, Dave!

  2. The baby Koala looks like he’s planking on his mama in the one photo. LOL!

  3. Mooselet says:

    It was my pleasure Dave! It was fantastic to finally meet you after all these years, and I’m so glad you enjoyed your time in Brisbane (even if we got more than a bit soggy).

  4. jenny says:

    Are you kidding me? You got to hold a koala? That’s the coolest thing ever! But man… those claws look pretty sharp – don’t make any sudden moves. 🙂

  5. I am so incredibly jealous. You look like you are having such a great time!

  6. martymankins says:

    Wow… awesome set of koala photos. Including the one of your holding one.

    Now where’s the photo of you holding one of those crocs? 😉

  7. Ian says:

    Ok, now I want a koala bear!

  8. Sybil Law says:

    Awwww – cannot stand all the cuteness!!!
    Koalas are in Eucalyptus tress a lot, right? I’d once heard that Eucalyptus makes them high, so that’s why they’re sleepy all the time, and they even fall right out of trees! Gotta respect that. 🙂

  9. Fluffycat says:

    Totally want to pet a koala now. Their fur looks so soft.

  10. Foo says:

    Helly jelly that you got to snuggle up with a koala, what a fun adventure!

  11. kilax says:

    That looks like a really fun place! I want to hold a koala! What does their fur feel like? Is it soft?

    Great view of the city! 🙂

  12. the muskrat says:

    you got to hold a koala bear? that’s totally on my bucket list.

  13. Brandi says:

    Squee!!!! I want to hold a koala! I’ll even spend the night so I can watch them play! Squee!!! and stuff.

  14. These are freaking CUTE! The nails are freaking me out a bit, but they are damn cute.

  15. Sarah says:

    OMG OMG OMG! You were holding a koala! A KOALA!

    I totally know where Vahid needs to take me now. Yay!

  16. my heart! my heart, she explodes from the cute. and the happy for you. and a tad the jealous. but mostly from the cute and happy for you!

  17. LeSombre says:

    Loved the “I’m the one on the left”. Actually made me LOL. 😉

  18. Jene says:

    Okay the koala, well woW, amazing, all of the animals are incredible. I bet it was therapeutic as well. Thanks for sharing, I have the biggest cheesiest grin on my face from your vacation. Love the Koala, Awesomenesss:)

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