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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Hi all,

I’m currently in Australia on a little holiday before I start my next placement at Labplus. Boy is summer hot here! I’m constantly sticky and sweaty and require air con just to survive in this country. Other than the heat, I’m loving it in Aus ! Theres so much to do and the surroundings remind me of home yet feel so new and fresh at the same time. We flew to Brisbane and drove up to Noosa, where we are staying for 5 days before going back to Auckland.

One of the things I really wanted to do was cuddle a koala so it was a given that I had to visit the lone pine koala sanctuary. We bought our tickets online beforehand as it’s cheaper if you prebuy rather than purchase at the door. Even though we went on Monday, there were still a LOT of people so get in early if you want to get a photo of you cuddling a koala. It does cost extra for any animal held photos you want to take (they offer snake photo’s as well), at $18 / animal. Which is quite reasonable as you’re allowed to take as many photos on your own device as well as have a professional photo to keep (printed and free to download digitally). They do ask at the ticket counter if you want to pay $1 for a guide-book but you don’t really need it as there are plenty of maps available around the sanctuary and you can snap a photo of the show times which is shown right after you come out the entrance building.

Below are the photos of me while I held the koala and snake (yes I paid for both and excuse my nasty tan lines).

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They also have a lot of australian icon animals such as the wombat, platypus, dingo, kookaburra, kangaroo, and Tasmanian devil. So you can’t get more Australian than that! I absolutely loved it here because I felt like I was up close and personal with them. You can also pay $2 for a kangaroo feed pouch at the same store where you purchase photo tickets. There’s an open section full of kangaroos for you to freely pet and feed. If you don’t want to fork out the extra $2 then no worries! They are so used to human interaction that you can walk right up and take photos without having to feed them 🙂

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A mum and her joey!

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More photos of some other animals we encountered:

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Tasmanian Devil

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Snake

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Kookaburra

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White crested sea eagle – raptor show

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Sheep dogs at the show

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Lizard


-medlabgeek

Queenstown Trip (4)

Date : 3rd July 2016

We woke up quite early today because we had booked an Elm Wildlife Tour in Dunedin at 1pm. The tour is around 5 hrs long during winter and they take you around the coast of Dunedin to see the natural wildlife. It costs $109 for an adult but if you have a student ID, you can get a $10 discount 🙂

We arrived in Dunedin by 12pm and had a quick lunch at a nearby restaurant at the Octagon. The shuttle arrived a little late but it was probably due to a delay from picking up other’s from different locations. From what I saw, they do pick ups at certain hotels but we were picked up at the i-Site visitor centre in the town central.

There were two guides, one that did all the driving and the other which did some commentating whenever she saw certain landmark features or wildlife nearby. They were very informative and didn’t talk extensively, which I prefer. The scenery was amazing, one of the most beautiful scenic places I’ve been to. Especially the inlets that we drove past, as it was in the afternoon, and the skies were very calm, there were hardly any ripples at all so the reflection on the water from the mountains and hills were perfect.

We got to see some wading birds, but due to the lack of wind, we were unable to see any Royal albatross at the Royal Albatross Centre. The stay up at the Royal albatross centre is around 30 mins and that is the only place you can buy some food and make a toilet stop (that is more modernised). They then lead you to a private section where they have a longdrop for people to use and we stay for around 2 hours there to visit two different beaches. Here you can see sealions, yellow eyed penguins and fur seals. By the time we had arrived to see these animals, the sun was beginning to set and the sky was glowing red and purple. Just amazing.

Tomorrow morning we return our rental car and take a 9am flight back to Auckland, so this is the end of our trip 😦

Hope you enjoyed the blog posts as much as I enjoyed the trip!

-medlabgeek