Cleland Wildlife Park is home to some of Australia’s most iconic animals. You’ll find kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, wombats, dingoes, many species of birds and reptiles and more. There are very few animal enclosures at Cleland. Most animals live in natural habitat and you can get up close for great photos. The animals are fully adapted to the park setting and accustomed to people, meaning you can pat and feed them.
It’s more than just looking at animals. You can do a range of experiences including an echindna experience, private koala feed, reptile experiences and birthday parties. And the animals at the park are used to being patted so they will be happy to see you! You can get up close and personal with the koalas and join a guided tours or animal presentation.
Cleland is also home to South Australia’s only Butterfly Enclosure and guided tours are available Tuesday – Saturday. Walk amongst and interact with many species of colourful and spectacular butterflies. Learn all about their fascinating life cycle, the importance of butterflies in our environment and how you can attract butterflies to your own gardens.
It’s so close to Adelaide (less than 20 minutes from the city centre.) Located at 365 Mount Lofty Summit Road, Crafers you can take the South Eastern Freeway to the Crafers exit, then follow Summit Road to the Cleland turn off. You can also get to Cleland via public transport, visit adelaidemetro.com.au to plan your trip and use ‘Stop 27 – Cleland Wildlife Park’ as your destination.
There’s plenty of easy, free parking. It’s easy to navigate with kids in prams, plus you can hire prams there if you really need to. There are baby change facilities and plenty of clean toilet facilities. A cafe is located on site to cater for your tummy’s desires. It’s also close to other Adelaide Hills locations like cafes, gardens and playgrounds. You can use the barbecues on site, or pull up a seat at picnic table. It also has disabled access and wheelchairs for hire if needed. One of the things we love is that we can visit during winter and summer. There’s plenty of shade in summer, and the paths are great for prams in winter (no mud!).
Cleland Wildlife Park also offer fantastic fun, interactive weekly programs for kids, including their Puggle Play program for kids under two years of age and their Bush Buddies program for two – four year olds. What a great way to spend a morning with the kids and introduce them to our Australian wildlife! Make sure you book ahead of time though, as these programs do book out.
The opening hours are awesome. Cleland Wildlife Park is open from 9.30am – 5pm every day (except Christmas Day or days of catastrophic fire danger). Entry gates and aviaries close at 4.30pm. You can spend the whole day there, or drop in for an hour or two and enjoy a leisurely walk around the park, or a picnic perhaps.