Cleland Wildlife Park
"Cleland Wildlife Park - a highlight of my trip to Adelaide Australia"
I really enjoyed this wildlife park as you get to feed the Kangaroos, wallabies and potoroos. It certainly doesn't feel like a zoo with the animals having plenty of room to run about.
There's not that many animals here but what they do have is a great selection of Australian animals. This is a great place to bring the kids. Buy a $3 bag of food for each of your kids (or big kids) and they will have a ball!
Getting to Cleland Wildlife Park
It's a 20 minute car drive out of Adelaide. You need to take the South Eastern Freeway to the Crafers exit, then follow Summit Road to the Cleland turn off. It is signposted.
There is a local bus service that runs a few times a day to the park - bus number 823 and 840F. You may need to take 2 buses to get there though - The link below should help.
Local Bus to Cleland wildlife Park
There are other coach operators too who will do an organised trip. Adelaide Tours have a trip that leaves Adelaide hotels at about 1.30pm. Perhaps this is a more convenient alternative?
Costs And Opening Times
The park is open every dayexcept Christmas Day from 9.30pm til 5pm.
I'd recommend half a day here but no more.
Costsare approx $18 for adults and about $11 for children (3-14) plus the cost of the all important food to feed the animals ($3)
If you live locally then it is well worth getting a yearly pass and for a family of 4, it's worth getting the family pass at $50.
What Animals Will You See?
The highlight is certainly feeding the Kangaroos, potoroos and wallabies. They eat right in front of you and will allow you to stroke them. The kids love it.
You can certainly pay extra ($30) to have a photo of yourself with a Koala but we didn't think this was necessary. What's so nice is that they had keepers wandering around with Koalas. So whilst you couldn't hold one, we got some great pictures by standing close to the keeper.
You'll also see wombats and emus roaming around too.
Another idea is to bring something to have a picnic or BBQ. In the area surrounding the park there are gas BBQ facilities available.
You should also take a look at Mount Lofty Summit is only a short drive away. Here you will find panoramic views that are simply stunning.
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