Koala Visits Restaurant: Australia (Video)

This cheeky koala decided to take advantage of an open door, and walked into the Lighthouse Restaurant in southeast Brisbane (Capitol of Queensland Australia) much to the delight of the dinners. 🙂

DINNER for one: Sooky the koala at home in the Lighthouse Restaurant in Cleveland. Source: The Sunday Mail (Qld)

It all happened at about 8 pm on a Sunday night.  The koala a large male known as Sooky is a local in the area, but this was his first visit to the Restaurant. Sooky decided he liked the roped pole and just stayed there for about 20 mins while dinners got some photos taken with him. He eventually left again and the Wildlife Rescuers took him back to nearby bushland.
There is a bit of a story about Sooky in the Courier Mail.

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56 Responses to Koala Visits Restaurant: Australia (Video)

  1. Oh so cute! What an experience.

  2. Lynn says:

    Curiosity or disorientation? That’s the question but very cute indeed!!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Lynn,
      This koala is definitely used to humans for him to allow people to get close enough to be able to take pictures, and the fact he didn’t strike out at anyone. I think it was just a matter of him just wondering in, he didn’t seem frightened at all. 🙂

  3. travelrat says:

    If ibises can go in restaurants, why not koalas?

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      Yes you had some strange little visitors in different areas while eating on your visit to OZ, I remember the photos that you took. 😆
      The difference being it is very rare to see a koala inside a Restaurant unless of course you are at a wildlife santuary. 😀

  4. aFrankAngle says:


  5. Windsmoke. says:

    Looks like he was just passing by and dropped in for a gander :-).

  6. El Guapo says:

    Betting the restaurant will use Koalas in all their advertising from now on!
    Great one, Magsx2!

  7. Aww! I always wanted to hug and carry a koala 🙂 what a cutie!

  8. elcampeador says:

    Cute little fella, he is.

    and thank the Big Boy upstairs it weren’t them drop bears or hoop snakes, eh? lol.

  9. Why doesn’t anything like spotting a koala bear in a restaurant ever happen to me?


    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Ronnie,
      I think the secret maybe that you have to be in Australia, at the right place and the right time, and even then you may need a lot of luck as well 😀

  10. MUCH cuter than the possums that come to say howdy on Hamilton Island… 🙂

  11. Elyse says:

    I couldn’t tell — did he order carryout? 😉

  12. coolfeline says:

    Awwww…. I so wish I’d been there!

    To hold and cuddle a koala …that must be the ultimate …that’s up there with ‘swimming with the dolphins’..

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi coolfeline,
      It would of been really funny I think to be in the Restaurant at the time, no doubt people would of been scrambling for their cameras. 😀
      I have never had the pleasure of swimming with dolphins, I have feed them by hand, and I thought that was very special. The koala is a beautiful animal, and as I mentioned above is very soft, and they smell a bit like eucalyptus or cough syrup. 🙂

  13. E.C. says:

    Aw so cute. I can’t imagine living where these lovely creatures run free. Australia has the most amazing wildlife. I wish I was one of the diners and could’ve enjoyed this adventurous koala’s visit. 🙂

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi E.C.
      Yes we do have some very cute wildlife, but some not so cute as well. 😀
      It would of been a lot fun I think to be one of the dinners, it certainly was something a bit out of the norm. 🙂

  14. Laura says:

    He’s so cute! I hope they at least name a drink after him.

  15. Dont know how I missed this one mate , bloody fantastic to see and know he was returned back to his environment safely , great blog
    Ian aka Emu

  16. travelrat says:

    Waiter: ‘Please excuse me for staring. We don’t often get koalas in here!’
    Koala: ‘At five dollars for a cup of coffee, I’m not bloody surprised!’

  17. What an adorable little fellow! As Tolkien once said, not all who wander are lost! Another koala bear link to send to Tim. Thanks, Mags! 🙂

  18. barb19 says:

    Wow! What a privilege to have been there and seen the little fella at such close quarters!
    Thanks for sharing this Mags, it was a joy to watch.

  19. “If this is Tuesday, then we’re in New Zealand.”

    “A koala just came in.”

    “Oh, then we must be in Australia! So, it’s not Tuesday?”

    Hope the tourists were suitably impressed.

  20. Rayya says:

    Mags loved the post. This is one cheeky and outgoing koala :-). Poor thing actually didn’t enjoy the big fuss that was made of him.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Rayya,
      Yes he was a bit cheeky, walking in the front door like that. 😀
      He most likely wondered what he got himself into that is for sure. 🙂

  21. Selma says:

    I wish I had been there. I would have loved to have seen Sooky. I bet the diners who were there will never forget it!

  22. dearrosie says:

    I know you explained that Koala’s don’t normally drop into restaurants at dinner time, but this little guy seems so at home up there on the pole as if he comes every day.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi dearrosie,
      He did seem at home didn’t he. The rope that was around the pole would of made it very easy for him to hold on and be comfortable, just right for a visiting koala. 😀

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  24. viveka says:

    Sooky – did the right thing … get out of there so quick as possible – the are so cute . Thanks for sharing all those videos – great stuff.

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