Saturday, June 16, 2012

MIRIMAR Cruise and Lone Pine Tour

Once Again it was time for a new Trip and a New Adventure .. It was just a couple of weeks ago when we visited Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary With some of The Brisbane International Student Ambassadors for the Tourism Queensland Film Shoot ..

This time the Trip is to Discover the Sanctuary and Cruise in the Great Brisbane River .. 

The Ambassadors Got together in the morning and we all welcomed a Very Beautiful Guest (Zoie) Palwasha's Daughter who came to Brisbane to Visit her Mom and Enjoy the Beauty of Brisbane and The Country .. 

Along with Zoie and Palwasha (Pakistan) we also Had Yiki (Hong Kong), Han and Lily (Vietnam), King Ming and James (Singapore), Eve (Thailand), Claire (China) who Turned 20 on this Day "Happy Birthdayt to You Again Claire". also Promode (Sri Lanka) and His Girlfriend Aur√©lie and Our Friend Mohammad Reza who joined us at the Sanctuary .. 
List of Ambassador joining this Trip
King Ming New Look and Haircut
Claire (China) and Yiki (Hong Kong) Excited about the trip

Eve (Thailand) also Excited about The Trip
The MIRIMAR Cruises Departs Daily from Cultural Centre Pontoon, Stanley Tunnel, River Boardwalk, South Brisbane at 10am.

MIRIMAR is a popular Brisbane river cruise that has been taking locals and visitors to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for over 70 years and is a “must do” experience while in Brisbane. Our Koala and River Cruise is the PERFECT way to get up close and personal with Australia’s cuddliest creatures while enjoying the sights and sounds of Brisbane’s most attractive waterfront suburbs, ONLY accessible by boat.

Prices for the Koala & River Cruise

Price includes round trip cruise and entry into the Park.
Australian seniors, pensioners, students only
Children (ages 3 — 13)$38
Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children)$190
One way cruise is also available. Price does not include return trip or entry into the Park. Return to the City from this tour is at you own convenience by bus or taxi.
Adults $27.50 / Concession $24.50 /
Child $16.50 / Family $85

Schedule of times

Every day except Chistmas Day and ANZAC Day.
Departs Cultural Centre Pontoon10.00am
Arrive Lone Pine11.15am
Depart Lone Pine1.45pm
Arrive Cultural Centre Pontoon3.00pm

The Cruise Trip Takes around an Hour and 15 Minutes .. During the Cruise The Captain Rob Narrated some Stories about the Locations we passed by, The Old Names for the suburbs we crossed in the way to the Sanctuary, and also some Information about the River and its Surroundings. 

Rob welcomed us with Gift bags which James and King Ming Loved because of the Lollies and The coloring Book!!!
The Gift back contents we got 
Rob also allowed us to go around the Boat and look around specially in Captain's Room and he explained the different devices they have their .. 
Rob Explaining To King Ming and James about the devices
King Ming doing what he does Best "Photography"
Measuring The Depth of the river
The Temperature was around 19 in that morning 
The Boat MIRIMAR II has an on-board Catering which the Ambassadors took advantage of Both ways .. Also I have to Mention the MIRIMAR II has WIFI Connection ..

James and Ming Enjoyed a very Delicious Breakfast While Claire and Yiki had their Lunch in the way back .. 
James (Singapore) having his breakfast
Yiki in the middle of her Lunch
It was a lovely Journey on MIRIMAR II .. 
People Actually Live Here!!!
After Reaching our Destination, Rob Took us in a tour around The Sanctuary which was very nice of him .. 

but before that we met with Promode and the Others at the entrance .. 

Destination Reached!

Please Take Care of Our Animals and Plants
Welcome Sign in Lone Pine
Claire and Yiki pointing to their home towns but Claire is not Tall enough to reach Beijing
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was established in 1927 with only 2 koalas; now with over 130 of these cuddly creatures as well as a variety of Aussie wildlife, it holds the Guinness World Record for the first and largest koala sanctuary in the World.
The First Animal We Met at the Sanctuary was The Koala!! Next in line was the Sulphur-crested cockatoo .. 


Guinness World Record for the Oldest Koala in Captivity 
Koala's Retirement Home 
Moving Forward we saw the EMU and The Kangaroos
Eve Feeding the Kangaroo

Yiki Feeding the Kangaroo
Zoie with the Kangaroo
Lily Feeding the EMU
Eve Happy to meet the EMU
After that It was time to go to Cuddle and Take Photos with The Koalas .. 
Me Taking photos with the Koala
Lily Posing with the Koala
The First Show we attended in the Sanctuary was The Bird of Prey Show .. 

The Show usually starts at 12:30 

The Birds involved in the Show are: 

1- Illuka the White-bellied sea-eagle
2- Omega the Wedge-tailed eagle
3- Woof Woof the Barking Owl
4-Elmo the Barking Owl
5- Milo and Smudgee - Barn Owls

6- Shannon and Lani - Barn Owls

Omega having a bite

Illuka Posing for Photos
It was interesting to see these Birds fly close to us and to know more about them and what they eat ..
after the show we went to meet Illuka and Omega and took some pictures with them ..

Illuka and Omega waiting
Me with Illuka and Omega ..
Eve wanted a photo with the superstars too 
The Next show was The Sheep Dog Show .. 
Jeff with the Dogs
The Dog Guiding the Sheep after getting Jeff's orders
Make sure you check out Lone Pine's Aussie sheep dog show, held 3 times a day, inside the Nature Kingdom.

See the amazing skills of the hardworking sheep dogs as they command the sheep around the paddock for their master, responding to finely tuned whistles, calls and hand signals.

The award-winning sheep dog handlers, Alan, Graeme & Geoff, perform the show with their loyal sheep dogs from the outback. Keep an eye out for the gorgeous Phoebe, the Australian kelpie used for yard work at Lone Pine.

Phoebe is a crowd favourite and is always ready for photo opportunities and cuddles!

James Taking photos of the Sheep

Directly after the Sheep Dog Show we went to See The Sheep Shearing Show ..
The Shearing Begins
Almost There ..
Shearing Done .. Time to grow some wool again!
after that it was time to go back to the Boat to head back to the City .. It was a fantastic Trip with Rob and MIRIMAR II Crew .. 
in the way back it was time to talk more to Rob and Take more photos around the Boat .. 
Zoie and Her mom Palwasha (Pakistan) on MIRIMAR II
Lily and her Huge iPhone
James Checking the photos he took
With Rob in the way Back
Thanks Rob for letting us do that 
Great Day and Great views around the River
Photo-shoot Session with Eve
It was an enjoyable Journey and it was Great to meet Zoie for the First time .. 

For More Information about the MIRIMAR Cruises and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary please Visit Their Websites .. 

Phone: 0412 749 426

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary:

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