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Cleland Wildlife Park

Cleland Wildlife Park

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365 Mount Lofty Summit Road, Adelaide, South Australia

The Basics

There is a significant charge to enter the Cleland Wildlife Park, with additional fees payable for close-up experiences, night tours, and guided tours. Many visitors choose simply to buy a bag of animal feed and explore independently, getting close to the animals by hand-feeding, but others prefer the convenience of a tour. Koala experiences are the park’s signature attraction, enabling travelers to get up close and personal with this lovable and uniquely Australian creature.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Adelaide

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Brilliant
Rhyanna_S, May 2021
Cleland Wildlife Park Tour from Adelaide including Mount Lofty Summit
I had a wonderful day, had plenty of time to wonder around. The bus trip was brilliant and everyone was friendly
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Dream come true encounter with Koalas
MariaRita_B, Feb 2020
Cleland Wildlife Park Tour from Adelaide including Mount Lofty Summit
It was a wonderful tour which included a close encounter with koala bears and other other animals at Cleland Wildlife Park. Also, Mr Lofty was great too. Will definitely recommend this tour. Moreover, Mike our guide was very friendly and informative. Rita and Amante from Malta
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Great tour
ysambath, Oct 2019
Cleland Wildlife Park Tour from Adelaide including Mount Lofty Summit
Our kids enjoy the trip so much every time we book via Viator. We are looking forward to using the Viator services again next year.
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Excellent tour!
geetha001, Aug 2019
Cleland Wildlife Park Tour from Adelaide including Mount Lofty Summit
Had a wonderful time, absolutely loved Cleland Wildlife Park. Thank you Mike for being a great guide!
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Excellent Service
thrishyyy, Aug 2019
Cleland Wildlife Park Tour from Adelaide including Mount Lofty Summit
The driver we got was called Mike and he is amazing and very helpful. He was on time and shared lots of interesting facts about Adelaide.
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Excellent!
shnvx, Aug 2019
Cleland Wildlife Park Tour from Adelaide including Mount Lofty Summit
One of the main highlights of my trip in Adelaide. Although not much could be seen from Mount Lofty Summit due to the rainy weather, Cleland Wildlife Park was an absolute gem. Our guide gave us a few tips on what not to miss, but the most important tip was to line up for the koala hold experience early! Although the koala hold commenced from 2pm, bookings and payments could be made from 1.30pm. The koala hold actually sold out after 10 people at about 1.45pm when I went, and I was lucky to have just made it (tip: they determine the number of customers for the koala hold based on the experience and condition of the koalas who have been chosen for the job, so I understand it may differ day to day). It was definitely a memorable experience to be able to cuddle a koala, every penny is worth it! Being able to get close to, appreciate and feed a variety of animals was amazing. Staff members at the park were also excellent. Definitely recommend!
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Great fun to explore wildlife in Australia
vinfinity, Dec 2019
Cleland Wildlife Park Tour from Adelaide including Mount Lofty Summit
Lovely experience, the guide Mike is very professional and friendly, sharing a lot of useful tips in exploring the wildlife park. Particularly like the selfie with Koala part (forgot the exact name they got for this, which is included in the entry fee). Included in the tour is also a pack of animal food which can be fed to kangaroos and some other animals, but most of them are quite shy, so you need to really have the patience to wait, or look out for ones which are more adventurous than the others! The short detour to the summit is superb too, there you can have a good look at Adelaide city.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Cleland Wildlife Park is a must for families with kids, and animal lovers in general.

  • A number of wildlife experiences, including wombat feeding and koala feeding, require booking ahead.

  • As with the rest of the Cleland Conservation Park, pets are not allowed in Cleland Wildlife Park.

  • Cleland Wildlife Park offers accessible bathrooms, wheelchair rental, and accessible paths.

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How to Get There

Cleland Wildlife Park sits on the slopes of Mount Lofty, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of central Adelaide. There is ample free parking, while the 864F and 864 buses from Grenfell Street connect to the 823 bus to the park a couple of times a day. Given the infrequent public transport, many travelers prefer the convenience of an organized tour with door-to-door round-trip private transfers.

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When to Get There

Cleland Wildlife Park is open morning to afternoon seven days a week excluding Christmas Day and days of catastrophic fire danger. It is at its busiest on weekends, bank holidays, and over the Australian school holidays; aim to visit midweek if possible. Note that koala experiences will be canceled on days when the forecast goes above 90°F (32°C), and keeper talks will be canceled on days above 99°F (37°C).

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Animal Magic at Cleland Wildlife Park

Australia’s unique wildlife is a major draw for visitors from around the world. Cleland Wildlife Park offers a range of different habitats, from wetlands to eucalyptus. Marsupials at the park include koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and potoroos, while other Australian species include echidnas, dingoes, and Tasmanian devils. Pelicans are common in the wetlands.

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