If you haven’t been to Cleland Wildlife Park then you really should. You must. You have to. Why? There are lots of reasons, but here are some…
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.
Variety of animals:
There are lots of different animals, plus all the regulars your kids love to see. The animals are basically like humans, some are shy, some are bossy, some are noisy (but actually a bit insecure), some are lazy, but they are all beautiful in their own special way. Oh, and some are like babies- you know, nocturnal, awake and night and asleep during the day. Grrr. Some of the animals you might encounter are….
- marsupials such as koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, bettongs, and potoroos. We were greeted at the entrance by kangaroos!
- dingoes and Tasmanian devils
- native birds, water birds and forest birds
- snakes, reptiles and even the elusive echidna
Parking and Amenities:
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!).
Concession (on presentation of Australian concession card*)….$20
Child (aged 4 – 15)….$12
School group (per student, no min people) – bookings essential….$11.50
Adult group (per adult, min 10 people)….$21
Child group (per child, min 10 people)….$11
Lots to do!
It’s more than just looking at animals. You can do night walks, reptile experiences (no thanks! Maybe for you- but not me!) 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 have guided tours. Just hit the website for details on these.
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.
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Cleland Wildlife Park
365 Mount Lofty Summit Road Crafers SA 5152
Phone: (+61 8) 8339 2444