Cleland Wildlife Park is located on 35 hectares of open bushland in Cleland Conservation Park next to Mount Lofty Summit, just twenty minutes from the centre of Adelaide. Development of a Native Fauna Zone began in Cleland Conservation Park in 1965, to create an area for the preservation of native flora and fauna, that would also provide educational activities and a tourist attraction. This became Cleland Wildlife Park, which has been a major tourist attraction since 1967.
At the Park, you can meet and interact with some South Australian animals in a bushland setting. You can wander amongst the Kangaroos, Wallabies, Emus and water birds that roam freely in the Park. The animals are friendly and you can approach them to hand-feed, pat and take some memorable photographs up close. Dingoes, Tasmanian Devils and Koalas are exhibited to allow easy viewing access into their enclosures. There are walk-through aviaries where you can meet some of the South Australian birds. Various reptiles are also on display including Monitor lizards.
Animals you can see at the Park include Euro, Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby, Western Grey Kangaroo, Emu, Potoroos, Bandicoots, Bettongs, Cape Barren Geese, Tammar Wallabies, Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, Swamp Wallabies, Echidna, Wombat, Bilby, Tasmanian Devils, Red Kangaroo, Koala, Stick-nest Rats, Ghost bats and Dingo. There is a wetlands area with pelicans and various water birds and a swamp aviary.
Visitors meet and touch the Koalas during the daily close-up sessions. The Park’s professional photography staff will photograph you as you hold the koala.
During the day there are various animal keeper talks and guided tours where you have the opportunity to pat and feed native animals while staff provide you with more information about the wildlife of South Australia. Nightlife@Cleland guided tours take you into the Park at night to see the nocturnal animals in action (Booking required).
Facilities at the Park include a Souvenir Shop, free gas barbeques and picnic area. The Café is licensed and open daily from 9.30 am to 4 pm. Enjoy the panoramic views through the café glass wall. You can feed wild Rosellas from the outdoor tables.
Cleland Wildlife Park caters for a range of functions from children’s birthday parties to afternoon teas and cocktail functions.
To get to Cleland Wildlife Park from Perth, head out on Glen Osmond Road and then onto the South Eastern Freeway. Turn off at Crafers, then take the left exit at the roundabout and drive along Summit Road past the Mount Lofty Summit Lookout to Cleland Wildlife Park turnoff. For a more scenic alternative but steeper route, drive out to the Adelaide Hills along Greenhill Road, then make aright turn into Summit Road and continue to the Cleland Wildlife Park turnoff.
The Park is open from 9.30 am to 5 pm every day except Christmas Day.