Cleland Conservation Park, Adelaide

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    Cleland Wildlife Park - dingo
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  • BEAUTIFUL AND RARE ROCK WALLABY
    BEAUTIFUL AND RARE ROCK WALLABY
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  • KANGAROO WITH YOUNG JOEY IN POUCH..
    KANGAROO WITH YOUNG JOEY IN POUCH..
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    Cleland Wildlife Park - get close to wildlife

    by wabat Updated Dec 31, 2012

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    With only a few exceptions, and this is not one, I am personally not a fan for zoos or small wildlife parks. That said visitors to Australia and children in particular will enjoy this park.

    An “open zoo” within Cleland Conservation Park and close to the summit of Mount Lofty.

    The aim of the park is to let you get up close to native Australia animals. The park has 35 hectares of open bushland habitat where visitors can interact with Australian wildlife. Having entered the park and armed yourself with a bag of animal feed (fee in addition to the park entrance fee) you are pretty much free to wander around at will among the safer of the animals – kangaroos, lorikeets, emus, wallabies etc. Less safe ones (and the more reserved) are available for inspection in their enclosures – including nocturnal animals such as bilbies and bats, as well as venomous snakes and native lizards.

    Onsite facilities include a café, gift shop and free bbq’s. Picnics are permitted.

    Koalas – the parks additional money spinner

    Photo holding Koala – A$30 (in addition to entrance fee). Daily “holding” sessions including professional photo run between 2pm - 3.15pm. An additional session is available on Sundays and public holidays between 11am - 11.45pm.

    General Koala “close-up” sessions are included as part of the entry fee and occur twice daily between 11am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm – take your own photos.

    If temperatures rise to 32 degrees C – koalas are not on show.

    Opening times

    Open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9:30am - 5pm.

    Admission fee

    Adults: A$20
    Concessions: A$16
    Children: A$10
    Family: A$50

    Discounted admission fee - Cleland has a voucher in the Adelaide version of the Entertainment Book for 25% off entry prices and RAA members receive a 10% discount.

    Access - via car or bus

    By Car – from the city (20-30mins) take Glen Osmond Road to the South Eastern Freeway, take the Crafers turn off and head up Mount Lofty Summit Road, travelling past the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens and then turn left and continuing until park is reached.

    By Bus - Adelaide bus(route number 823 from Crafters Ramp (stop 24/24A) noting very limited service for this bus). A number of buses from city stop at Crafters ramp eg 840, 860, 863 and 864. Refer http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/ for route details.Allow an hour with a carefully timed connection - best connections with 864/864F for which, I understand, it waits. If necessary.

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  • the great views at the lookout

    by kawinnarai Written Feb 25, 2012

    The views from up at the lookout are wonderful. Seriously wonderful. There are suit with all age, you can take you family to acknowledge how beautiful the natural are!
    There is a restaurant and souvenir shop. You can feed and close with lovely animal, and also you can hold koala for once in your life before you go back to your country...

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    CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK

    by DennyP Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When in Adelaide the majority of visitors want to get up close to Australias local wild life..well at CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK this is the place where you can pat a Kangaroo or a koala..great photo opportunities to be photographed up close with all animals..There are daily keeper talks on various wildlife..There are Koala closeups and hands on..11.00 AM to 12 noon daily also at 2 00 PM till 4.00 PM daily..walk amongst many different kangaroo and wallaby species even rare rock wallabies..walk in bird aviaries..just walk slowly and quietly for best photo results..
    open daily from 9.30AM till 5.00 PM except Xmas day..

    KANGAROO WITH YOUNG JOEY IN POUCH.. MANY DIFFERENT KANGAROOS AND WALLABIES HERE KOALA BEARS UP CLOSE.. RARE ROCK WALLABY..CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK EMUS..
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    • Budget Travel
    • Zoo

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    CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK

    by DennyP Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When in Adelaide the majority of visitors want to get up close to Australias local wild life..well here at the CLELAND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY this is a place where you can pat a Kangaroo or a koala..great photo opportunities to be photographed up close with all animals..There are daily keeper talks on various wildlife..There are Koala closeups and hands on..11.00 AM to 12 noon daily also at 2 00 PM till 4.00 PM daily..walk amongst many different kangaroo and wallaby species even rare rock wallabies..walk in bird aviaries..just walk slowly and quietly for best photo results..
    open daily from 9.30AM till 5.00 PM except Xmas day..

    KANGAROO WITH YOUNG JOEY IN POUCH.. VAROUS SPECIES OF WALLABY AND KANGAROO HERE KOALAS UP CLOSE PHOTOS BEAUTIFUL AND RARE ROCK WALLABY EMUS...
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    • Budget Travel
    • Eco-Tourism

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    Cuddle up with Koalas

    by travelingbunny Updated Apr 4, 2011

    One of my main objectives while in Oz was to get my hands on one of these cuddly critters. While most wildlife parks in Australia are eco-friendly and wise enough to not allow guests to get too up close and personal with the animals, I searched and searched until I found one with no such qualms…hurrah!!

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    Cleland Wildlife Park

    by kelyeah Written Apr 17, 2008

    These beautiful parkland's are situated just 12km from the city center and offer magnificent views of Mt Lofty and the scenic Waterfall Gully. Highlights are the new Ocean to Outback Interpretive Center which is an interactive journey through South Australia's diverse landscapes. There are daily animal feeding presentations, koala close up and handling sessions and 90 minute guided nocturnal wildlife tours.

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    Cleland Wildlife Park.

    by a5floor Updated Jan 27, 2007

    At Cleland Wildlife Park you will see different kind of Australian animals. There are Tasmnanian Devils, koala's, kangeroo's, dingo's, birds... If you want you can have a photo taken with holding a koala.

    Cleland Wildlife Park. Cleland Wildlife Park. Cleland Wildlife Park. Cleland Wildlife Park. Cleland Wildlife Park.
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    Cleland Wildlife Park

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Jul 24, 2006

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    I visited Cleland Wildlife Park a few days into my visit to Australia in April 2006. I was taken there by a couple of locals after telling them that I had never seen a kangaroo!

    This wildlife park is located near Mount Lofty Summit, about a 20 minute drive from Adelaide, and is a great place to get up close to the native animals.

    Upon entering the park, you can purchase bags of animal feed with which to feed the various animals in the park. You are free to wander around at your leisure and to get right up close to the animals. Having kangaroos, wallabies and emus eating from my hand is an experience that will live with me forever.

    The animals that you can see at the park include:

    Western Grey Kangaroos;
    Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies;
    Red Kangaroos;
    Tasmanian Devils;
    Dingoes;
    Koalas;
    Emus;
    Potoroos;
    Bandicoots;
    Bettongs;
    Cape Barren Geese;
    Dama Wallabies;
    Kangaroo Island Kangaroos;
    Swamp Wallabies;
    Wombats.

    There is also an "Ocean to Outback" house which houses a selection of snakes, lizards, small mammals and insects.

    At certain times of day you can watch the animals being fed (that is, those animals that you can't feed yourself). Feeding times are as follows:

    Lorikeets: 12:30pm
    Tasmanian Devils: 2:00pm
    Dingoes: 2:30pm
    Swamp aviary birds: 2:45pm
    Pelicans/waterbirds: 3:00pm
    Bush birds: 3:15pm
    Snakes/reptiles: 1:30pm (Sundays only)

    You can have your photograph taken while holding a koala for a cost of 12 AUD.

    Opening times

    Open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9:30am - 5pm. No entry after 4:30pm.

    Entrance fees

    Adults: 13.50 AUD
    Concessions: 11 AUD
    Children: 8 AUD
    Family: 36.50 AUD

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    Wildlife Parks - Cleland

    by tigerjapan Written Jan 20, 2005

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    "Just 12 kilometres from Adelaide City centre, Cleland Conservation Park conserves a vital area of natural bushland on the Adelaide Hills face and includes the internationally popular Cleland Wildlife Park, the viewing platform of Mt Lofty Summit and scenic Waterfall Gully. The area has a rich history of Aboriginal occupation and European settlement.

    Within its 1,000 hectares, Cleland Conservation Park offers visitors a variety of walking trails that provide fascinating insights into the diverse wildlife and cultural heritage of the area. Vegetation on the higher slopes is predominantly stringybark forest with a complex understorey of small trees and shrubs. The lower woodlands on the northern side of the Park contain significant stands of Blue Gum and Manna Gum which give way to open grasslands.

    Cleland Wildlife Park is a must-see attraction and photo opportunity for visitors from all over the world. Here you come face-to-face and hands-on with Australia's unique wildlife and can join animal attendants on the animal feed runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm daily or discover the world of nocturnal animals on a guided nightwalk. Bookings (61 8) 8339 2444 are essential for the nightwalks. The Yurridla Trail, offers a chance to hear Aboriginal guides bring to life their Dreaming stories and explain the inseparable relationship between Aboriginal culture and Australian wildlife.

    Picturesque Waterfall Gully offers visitors a variety of bushwalking opportunities, spectacular waterfalls and ideal picnic spots."

    (Cleland website)

    Driving from the city, take Glen Osmond Road to the South Eastern Freeway. Exit at Crafers and turn left at the roundabout. Follow Summit Road (Mt Lofty Scenic Route) to the Cleland turn-off.

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    • National/State Park

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    Cleland Wildlife Park

    by wen_viaggio Updated Oct 4, 2003

    Located at Mt Lofty, Cleland Wildlife Park gives visitors the opportunity to get up close with animals and marsupials that are renown in the Australian outback and wilderness.

    Kangaroos at Cleland Wildlife Park
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    Animals at Cleland...

    by Goulu Written Aug 25, 2002

    Animals at Cleland Conservation Park
    A kind of vast zoo with all local animals. You can pet the koalas...

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