I have been to Cleland wildlife park quite a few times, although not recently. The park is in a natural bush setting adjacent to Mount Lofty Summit.
This park is an excellent place for overseas visitors to come and interact with the Kangaroo's, Emu's and other Australian animals and Birds.
You can walk anywhere, or just follow the paths that take you amongst kangaroos, wallabies, emus and waterfowl. The animals freely roam the park and are friendly enough to give a pat or to feed.
Every day at Cleland you can get up close to and even hold a koala.
Daily sessions run between 2pm - 4pm.
An additional session is available on Sundays and public holidays between 11am - 12pm.
Koala close-ups are included as part of the entry fee
Koala hold with professional photo $30
NO koala experiences will occur if temperatures are forecast to be over 32 degrees celsius at Mount Barker
Just twenty minutes from the Adelaide city centre
OPEN DAILY... (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 5 pm. No admission after 4.30 pm.
Aviaries close at 4.30pm
ADMISSION IN 2012...Adult $20 CHILD 3- 14 YRS $10
Family (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) $50.00
DAY TRIP 9 From Adelaide.............
This is a spectacular hills garden on the slopes of Mount Lofty, featuring cool climate plants.
The best time to come to these gardens, is Spring and Autumn. I was here in Autumn, and the colours of the foliage was fantastic. I have been here other seasons, and so far, this was the best.
If you are here in Spring, then Magnolias, Rhododendrons, Camellias and Roses in the Heritage Rose Garden, featuring both modern and old-fashioned roses will be flowering.
I followed the circuit walk which took me around the lake, past some sculptures and with nice views.
One of the trails takes you to Fern Gully, home to one of the best collections of ferns in Australia. Other plants in the garden are from South America, China, East Africa, New Zealand, South East Asia and North America.
The views are great too! From here, I overlooked the Piccadilly valley which is know as the vegetable bowl of Adelaide.
It is a popular park with many families coming here to enjoy a picnic lunch by the lakeside. If you come in the cooler months, bring something warm to wear, as here, it's a lot cooler to Adelaide, even in Summer.
There is 100 hectares to explore, so put on those walking shoes and enjoy the gardens.
Some paths are steep and narrow
ENTRY IS FREE
OPEN....Monday - Friday....8.30am to 4pm
Sat & Sunday....10am to 5pm (10am to 6pm daylight saving)
Free guided walks
Depart from the lower car park at the end of Lampert Rd.
10.30am every Thursday in Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov).
10.30am every Thursday in Autumn (March, April, May).
Still more to see on Day 9. We will pay a visit to MT. LOFTY SUMMIT, for great views over Adelaide.
THE Mount Lofty Summit, at 727 metres above sea level, is the highest peak in the Mount Lofty Ranges in the Adelaide Hills. Explorer Collet Barker discovered the mountain almost seven years before Adelaide was settled. Matthew Flinders named it on his travel to Australia in 1802.
During World War II, Mt Lofty Summit was closed for the visitors when the obelisk was considered an essential navigation assistant. The historic Obelisk is still standing today.
It is one of the best and easiest places to come to see the panoramic views of Adelaide city skyline, the Gulf, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island. Sunrise & sunset are beautiful times, or anytime during the day, only it may be a little hazy then.
Even in Summer, it can be quite cool here because of the wind.
Fit people who enjoy hiking can walk up the gully from Waterfall Gully, in the Cleland Conservation Park or from Chambers Gully to the summit.
The Summit complex has a visitor centre which features interactive touch screens with information on the Summit and surrounding tourist attractions, plus a gift shop with local crafts for sale.
The Mount Lofty Summit Visitor Information Centre is open 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day).
There is also a Summit Restaurant/cafe/outdoor dining area.
Open Monday and Tuesday 9am to 5pm for breakfast and lunch.
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 9am to late, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Telephone 8339 2600
Mount Lofty Summit is 15 kilometres from Adelaide.
From the city, take Glen Osmond Road and the South Eastern Freeway. Exit the freeway at Crafers and follow the signs to Mount Lofty.
Paid parking is available