708 Jesmond Road
Fig Tree Pocket
Number of animals
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary provides a home for 100 different species of Australian natives. This includes 130 koalas.
Birds of Prey Flight Show
Watch the park’s raptors as they take flight each day.
Sheep Dog Show
Watch a sheep dog demonstrate his skills in rounding up sheep each day during this show.
Every day of the week guests are able to have a cuddle with these fluffy marsupials.
*Remember to check the zoo’s website for times, prices, terms and conditions.*
The Size of the zoo
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is set on 18ha (44 acres) of land.
The name Lone Pine comes from a single hoop pine planted by the original owners of the land during 1865.
Lone Pine began in 1927 with just two koalas, “Jack” and “Jill.” The park was established by Claude Reid.
In the 1930s the zoo started a tradition of having a German Shepard with a koala jockey greet guests. This also spawned a spin off with a snake around the dog’s neck to greet guests.
The Mirimar cruise began transporting visitors to the zoo during 1934. These are still running to this day.
During WWII the park became popular with Americans who visited to see the native animals giving the park international fame.
In 1948 a gum plantation was planted to help feed the koalas.
Unfortunately the sanctuary was growing too quick and by 1959 it had grown above its capabilities. With 140 koalas and 40 more expected in the next year he realised it would be necessary to release some to the wild so 30 were returned under the direction of the Department of Agriculture and stock.
In 1964 the park was sold to the Robertson family. It had become too much for Reid to handle and he knew the Robertson family would be able to advance the park.
1974 saw a platypus on display at the park for the first time. It also bought devastation as floods inundated the grounds.
By the beginning of the 1980s the zoo welcomed dingoes, wombats and Tasmanian devils for the first time. The devil was joined by three more in the hope they would breed.
In 1987, Anthony and Caroline the Sulphur-crested cockatoos arrived at the sanctuary where they can still be seen today.
In 1988 the park was sold to Kamori Kanko the current owners of the sanctuary.
An animal hospital was added to the sanctuary during 1991.
1995 saw the establishment of the park’s first website and a bridge rebuilt that was destroyed in the 1974 flood. It was also in this year that fruit bats arrived and the zoo began participating in a DNA study which found koalas can fall victim to two varieties of chlamydia bacteria.
The 50,000th gum tree was planted to help feed the koalas in 1995.
The stomach bacterium in koalas, “Lonepinella Koalalum” was discovered by Lone Pine through continual research in 1996.
During 2001 the oldest koala ever recorded, Sarah passed away at the sanctuary. She was 23 meaning she had lived for 11 years more than expected.
21 years after the park last had platypus a new one arrived in 2009. The next year he was moved to a new platypus house which was built at a cost of $1 million.
2011 saw floods one again being inundated.
Arriving at the park in the early 1970s Kalabar was one of the world’s first albino koalas on public display. He lived at the park till he passed away in 1970.
Visit the platypus house which is one of the few places in Australia where you can see these elusive marsupials.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary’s 140 koalas are housed in a range of enclosures. The boys are housed separately from the females. There is also a retirement home for the older koalas who need some extra TLC. For an absolute cute fest there are the mum & baby koalas where you can see the joey’s sticking their heads out of the pouch.
Enter the kangaroo reserve where you can meet 130 of these iconic, hopping marsupials.
Tail’s & Scales
The park has a reptile house known as Tails & Scales where you can see lizards and snakes.