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Cleland Wildlife Park, Adelaide Hills

wildlife parks and zoos in SOUTH AUSTRALIA 

Adelaide’s zoos, parks and reserves are home to some amazing indigenous and exotic creatures. Plan your visit today.

Wildlife Parks
Ever wished you could see Australia’s cute, cuddly, and not so cuddly animals in one convenient location? Discover must-see native species at Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills and Mikkira Station in Port Lincoln.

At Cleland you can see over 130 species with no boundaries! Get up-close to kangaroos, koalas and reptiles less than an hour’s drive away from Adelaide. 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. 

See more Australian animals and birds at Gorge Wildlife Park. Located in Cudlee Creek, the park is about a 45 minute drive from Adelaide. See wombats, dingoes, kangaroos and koalas, along with monkeys, alligators, meerkat and ostriches.

The winter months are great for seeing wildlife in the wild, from giant cuttlefish to whales.

Adelaide zoo
The Adelaide Zoo is home to more than 1,800 animals and 400 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. See its star attractions – Wang Wang and Fu Ni, the giant pandas. Book exclusive tours or stay for the "wild nights" overnight experience.

Free guided walks and daily keeper talks make the zoo a great place to visit. Dine in the bistro or relax on the central lawns. The zoo is adjacent to the famous Adelaide Botanic Garden, which is free to visit and walk around.

A very hungry emu

Get up-close to our feathered friends at zoos and wildlife parks in Adelaide and surrounds.

Monarto Zoo

Head to Monarto Zoo for a safari experience. Monarto is a 1,000 hectare open range zoo and is home to animals from all over the world. Stroll around the park on the walking trails or take the Zu-Loop Shuttle, which is a free hop-off, hop-on service to all wildlife viewing platforms. See lions, cheetahs, giraffe, African wild dogs and more. Rare animals include black rhinoceros and Prezwelki’s horse.

Monarto Zoo is just a short 50 minute drive down the main interstate freeway. It's also only 15 minutes from the mighty Murray River, which has a range of great accommodation, including bed and breakfasts and houseboats.

Botanic gardens
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 Mount Lofty Botanic Garden 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.

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