A few days after we got back from Noosa, we took another small trip down to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. They have the most koalas in the world, with over 170 of them. We took the bus there, which took about an hour.
When we first got there, we made it just in time to catch the birds of prey show. We had to watch from a distance since they had already brought out the first bird and they were worried about startling them. They had about 5 different birds.
After the birds of prey show we walked over to the sheep shearing/sheep dog exhibit.
First a lady showed us how the farm dog herds the sheep through obstacles such as over ramps and into pens. It was really interesting to see! The dog basically runs around like crazy to keep all the sheep in a ball, and when one goes where the dog doesn’t like, it just gives them a little bark and they huddle back into the pack.
Next was the sheep shearing. They had a professional sheep shearer who just grabbed a sheep from the back and started shearing away!
It didn’t look super comfortable for the sheep – it basically sat there and got all its fur shaved off. It was an extremely hot day though, so I imagine that it must have felt nice to have all that fur off once it was all over with!
We then walked around the park and took a look at many of the different animals that they had around. They had a farm section with the regular animals such as chickens, horses, ponies and sheep.
They had many different koala sections. They had them sorted out by their age so ones with a similar age could hang out together.
We also got to see many other animals that we haven’t come across yet, such as dingos, platypuses and Tasmanian devils! We stayed for a feeding on both the platypus and Tasmanian devil and we learned a lot about each animal.
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was definitely worth going to see – one of the best animal sanctuaries that we have seen so far!