Our last morning in Sunshine Beach and we awoke bright and early to hit the water. We decided to surf First Point at Noosa. There were only a few people in the lineup so we enjoyed lots of rides off the point once the tide changed. Wish we had some shots oops rides, but neither one of us wanted to leave the water to take pictures.
At 9am, we packed up and hit the road towards Brisbane. Today we were going to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Our koala sighting this week in the park had made us even more anxious to see more of these adorable little bears. It was just over an hour to Brisbane, finding the place without getting lost. Pretty impressed with ourselves! We had to go through a tunnel below the river which was the longest we’d ever been through by a long shot!
Luckily for us, the koala sanctuary crowds were non existent. I guess going midweek after all the little Aussies were back in school was a great idea.
First of all we visited the birds of prey presentation. This is not like our African Lion Safari show. All the birds are native to Australia. We saw the beautiful Australian Barn Owl.
Followed by the Australian Barking Owl who enjoyed some delicious mouse head snacks just a few feet from us. Yuck!
The Australian Sea Eagle was massive and had a super impressive wingspan that we weren’t able to catch on camera.
Since we hadn’t had time to get to a sheep shearing show in NZ, we decided to check out the snow here. First, we had the chance to watch the sheep dogs round up the sheep.
He actually sat on top of the sheep in the pen once he was done his work….this is so he doesn’t get stepped on in the pen!
Next we watched a very leary Merino sheep get sheared. Apparently, they are sheared once a year. The sheep shearer get $2.10 for each sheep sheared. On average, a good shearer can shear about 209 sheep a day. The wool was super soft- and stinky!
On to…..the koalas! These guys are absolutely adorable. They spend 20 hours a day sleeping because the eucalyptus leaves they eat give them limited energy, and their bodies use a ton of energy to digest the toxic leaves they love to eat. Can’t even decide which pix to add here as they are all so cute!
For a small sanctuary, they had all the Aussie animals we wanted to see, so we were super impressed. Platypus, dingoes, echidnas, crocs as well as…
The lorikeets were super cool too. We’ve seen these guys all down the Sunshine Coast by the hundreds and they are sooooo loud. The ones here are wild and if you hold a feeder in your hand, they will fly down and eat out of it.
Of course, we can’t forget about our bouncing friends, the Grey and the Red Kangaroos and wallabies. These cuties were in a massive fenced field area. We were allowed to go in and wander about. The joeys were adorable. They’d just hop,over to you and eat out of your hands.
After an amazing afternoon here, we are completely satisfied that we’ve been able to see all of these amazingly unique Australian animals. We hope that they stay protected so that many more generations to come can experience these wonderful creatures.