Adelaide’s zoos, parks and reserves are home to some amazing indigenous and exotic wildlife. Find out more and plan your visit today.
Zoos and wildlife parks
Along with more than 300 species of animals at the Adelaide Zoo, see its star attractions – Wang Wang and Fu Ni, the giant pandas. Book exclusive tours or stay for the "wild nights" overnight experience.
Head to the Adelaide Hills, just 20 minutes up the freeway and venture into Cleland Wildlife Park. Animals roam freely across the park's 35 hectares of native bushland. Feed a kangaroo or hold a koala and have your photo taken.
Get up-close to our feathered friends at zoos and wildlife parks in Adelaide and surrounds.
Off the coast
Just 20 minutes from the city centre, you'll find the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary
. Covering 118 square kilometres, it stretches up the coastline from suburban Port Adelaide to Port Gawler. Take the walking trail at Port Adelaide, where six markers show great viewing locations based on historic sightings. Port River dolphins are frequently sighted while kayaking around Garden Island or while on a Port River cruise.
Closer to Adelaide, head to Glenelg beach. Join a tour for a chance to swim with dolphins, or sit back and watch these magnificent mammals frolic in the water.
Surrounded by parklands
Colonel William Light had a grand vision for Adelaide. The Surveyor-General who planned the city included a 930 hectare ring of public parklands around the central square mile grid. It is the largest urban parkland system in Australia. The parklands contain a number of sporting fields and recreational reserves used for community and social events.
At the city's botanic garden, you can do so much more than smell the roses. Enter the Adelaide Botanic Garden from North Terrace, through a spectacular avenue of Moreton Bay fig trees.
Inside, buildings like the 1877 glass Palm House and Amazon Waterlily Pavilion complement the glory of nature, which is spread across 16 hectares and features Australian natives, exotics and ornamental plants. On a sunny day, there’s nowhere better. Sit and relax on the cool grass, under the shade of a tree. Bring a picnic rug or hamper and stay for lunch.
The Rose Garden at Mount Lofty is heritage-listed. This botanic garden also boasts magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons, which are simply stunning when in bloom. Several picturesque walking trails take you up and down the garden's seven valleys, including Fern Gully –
home to one of the richest collections of ferns in Australia.
The Wittunga Botanic Garden in Blackwood shows the close relationship between Australian and South African shrubs and trees.
See South Australian Zoos and Wildlife Parks below.
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