The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the oldest and largest of its kind in Australia.
And because it's in Queensland, you can still cuddle a koala. Cuddling koalas has been banned in most Australian states.
I should explain that, in Australia, Queensland is famous for being a bit old-fashioned in its outlook on life.
One example being that the annual changing of the clocks... known as daylight saving, which in most places happens in spring and autumn, doesn't happen in Queensland. The idea just never caught on.
The government said it was mainly because the farmers would have issues with getting the milk on trains to go to the cities.
Lone Pine's koalas however, have a strong union, and work only about 30 minutes a day, or something like that, so they probably aren't too stressed.
For most people, the picture is a once in a lifetime opportunity so its very popular.
My observations of the cuddlers was that they were more jumpy than the koalas.
Although the koala's coat looks soft and furry, it's actually quite coarse to the touch, but the ears are just as fluffy as they look.
Entrance tickets vary in price, with tickets for adults, children, families and concessions for seniors, so visit their site at the for the latest fees.
Lone Pine is open everyday but Christmas Day, though it's only open a half day on Anzac Day... this stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps.
This is a very important day in terms of our history and culture, and is a public holiday in Australia and in New Zealand.
© Kim | Flickr - Koalas at Lone Pine Sanctuary
You can easily spend the whole day there without any trouble, and you can also see other Australian animals at the Sanctuary.
You can see also see Wombats on your visit, like the cute little fellow in the photo below. They also feature regular displays of other Australian animals from other animal reserves, as you can see in the photos.
© Buck82 | Flickr - Wombats at Lone Pine Sanctuary
The Sanctuary has a restaurant with a shaded outdoor area to provide rest and relaxation for visitors. They're needed, as the sun seems never to stop shining in Brisbane.
For visitors from less blessed places, the heat can sap your energy, so its important to get rest when you need it. The Cassowary shown below is also a Lone Pine regular, and a very colorful one.
© Arjan Haverkamp | Flickr - Cassowarys
Less colorful than the Cassowary is the Emu, another one of Australia's
flightless and giant birds. As you see, they're harmless enough. They are also happy to mingle with the visitors.
With that kind of laid-back attitude, it's a wonder there are any left in the wild. Other events the Lone Pine puts on are Australian rural activities, such as sheepdog trials and sheep shearing.
© Michael Zimmer | Flickr - Emu Roaming Around at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The koala sanctuary has more than just koalas. It has many of Australia's unusual animals such as kangaroos and wallabies, wombats, and, of course, the platypus, that curiously mixed up creature.
They are unfortunately nocturnal and therefore hard to photograph.
During our visit, the Sanctuary had a display of raptors from another wildlife center.
This Sea-eagle caught my eye, its plain white coloring was quite a contrast to the parrots flying around everywhere.
Another place you can cuddle a koala is up north on the Capricorn Coast at the Cooberrie Wildlife Park.
To see more Australian animals, particularly penguins and koalas, visit this site about Phillip Island.
For more up-to-date information, and the 'live platypus webcam' visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary's own website at Koala.net