Next stop... Brisbane!
A key stop for me for a few days, as I wanted to visit Tangalooma resort on Moreton Island, and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. A very different drive from Noosa to Brisbane, mostly motorway and the roads were busier.
I stayed at The Point Brisbane Hotel on Kangaroo Point with amazing skyline views, and a brief ferry ride from the heart of the city centre. Note: Dockside Cafe & Kitchen was a convenient breakfast stop... be sure to order the eggs benedict!
An experience most people associate with Australia, and definitely something I was keen to do. Founded in 1927 and the world's largest and oldest Koala Sanctuary in the world, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was the place I wanted to do this. A moment I will cherish forever, I was so grateful to the staff who took a video & photo's on my mobile phone. Priced at $25, the experience also included a professional photo.
* You can drive to the sanctuary which is 12km from the city centre (15 min drive) where there is ample parking. Or you can take a river cruise with Mirimar II which departs from the Cultural Centre Pontoon (South Bank) daily. A scenic 75 minute cruise which departs at 10am.
* Opening times for the sanctuary are 9-5pm everyday, so if you were wanting to book onto a "Koala hold", it can be better to drive and be early, as numbers are limited.
* Be sure to visit the Kangaroo reserve, Roo food is available to buy at the ticket entrance.
* Don't miss the Free Raptor Flight show featuring eagles, owls and falcons.
Instagram photo's had inspired me to visit this resort, in particular the wildlife and the wrecks. I booked onto a casual visitor day pass, this included the return ferry, access to the resort and a choice of activities to book onto. I upgraded to stay for a full day for $149 as the dolphin feeding starts around sunset.
A relaxing day on the island, I sunbathed, went out on the marine discovery cruise, watched kookaburra feeding time, photographed the sunset on the beach... until the dolphins arrived! Throughout my trip it was important to just take sometime to relax and reflect, after the constant travelling and exploring. At end of most days I wrote in my travel journal, checked through my photo's/video's, spoke with family and friends.