The Gorge Wildlife Park is not your average wildlife park but a place where people and animals get together.
Situated in the picturesque Adelaide Hills and only a 40-minute drive from Adelaide, the park offers an up-close and personal experience to an extensive range of Australian and exotic animals, birds and reptiles. We have visited many times now with kids of all ages. recently visited with the kids aged 5 and 7 and the whole family loved it!
We LOVE the variety of animals at Gorge Wildlife Park. There are all your favourite Australian animals such as koalas, wombats, dingoes and Tasmanian devils. Pickup some food from the entrance and then head to the walk-through the enclosures where you can walk among and feed the friendly kangaroos and wallabies, who will eat straight from your hand!
There are also a great variety of exotic animals to be seen, including family favourites such as Meerkats, Otters, Alligators and a number of monkey species. We visited on a hot day and the otters even have their own water slide!
Be sure to save some food for feeding the monkey via the little metal bucket on the pulley system and then watch as the monkeys pull up the rope and eat the food! Very cool!
A vast range of birds also call the park home – some in enclosures, but many free-flying such as the spectacular colony of beautiful, noisy Rainbow Lorikeets. There is plenty to discover in the unique reptile house, and kids will be thrilled by a whole range of reptiles plus fish, insects, frogs and marsupials.
If that’s not enough, have a cuddly encounter with one of the beautiful koalas. An experience you don’t want to miss, they come out for holding every day at 11.30am and 2,30pm (subject to conditions). At these times you can hold or pat the koala, take your own photographs or just learn more about these beautiful marsupials from one of the friendly keepers. You’ll need to be 130cm tall (koalas don’t like being close to the ground and a hold will only cost you ten bucks, with longer private encounters available too).
On the weekends, Saturday and Sunday at 11am keepers present a variety of reptiles at a hands-on presentations, learn some interesting facts and get up close with some fascinating creatures!
Gorge Wildlife Park has an onsite kiosk, souvenir shop, great picnic areas, free gas BBQs and all in a beautiful scenic environment. Our tip is to go early (opens at 9am) for the best interaction with many of the animals who are out and about, many just been fed and happy for a cuddle, feed or photo! Also take pre-schoolers (and grandparents on weekdays – it’s much quieter and post covid has a lot less large groups)
Gorge Wildlife Park is located about 40min from Adelaide. They are open 7 days a week
(closed Christmas Day and catastrophic fire danger days).
30 Redden Drive, Cudlee Creek SA 5232
For more info check out their website at www.gorgewildlifepark.com.au