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4 Wildlife Parks and Sanctuaries to Visit While in Adelaide, South Australia

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If the kids are getting restless while you trawl through goodies at the iconic Adelaide Markets, grab an impromptu deli lunch and head for the hills. A classic Aussie wildlife encounter is enough to blow kids holiday blues away.

You have several choices nearby Adelaide from a polished visitor park to a recently reopened wildlife sanctuary to an African safari experience. Or you could simply stay in town and visit one of Australia’s oldest and well regarded zoos in the CBD, the Adelaide Zoo.

 

CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK

Cleland Wildlife Park, South Australia @clelandwildlifepark
Cleland Wildlife Park, South Australia @clelandwildlifepark

A classic encounter is feeding kangaroos and viewing koalas perched in their eucalyptus home, then Cleland Wildlife Park decides what to do for the day…

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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO OFFER FOOD TO WILDLIFE IN AN AUSTRALIAN SANCTUARY?

The best way to feed a wild animal in an Australian sanctuary is with slow and careful movements. Do not offer feed directly from the bag, rather place the bag in a secure area and remove a small portion to offer to the wildlife.

Only offer a small amount as there is plenty of natural food available for the wildlife as well, you don’t want the wildlife to become too greedy. Keep your hand and fingers flat and offer the food with your hand outstretched. 

Remember to move slowly and quietly avoiding sudden movements which can startle wildlife as well as yourself.

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Ruby The Koala at Cleland Wildlife Park, South Australia @clelandwildlifepark
Ruby The Koala at Cleland Wildlife Park, South Australia @clelandwildlifepark

An oops moment can be …

Dropping the feed bag as the wildlife will quickly start nibbling the spilt treats.

 

TIP

Wash your hands thoroughly after all wildlife encounters.

 

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Adelaide Hills, South Australia @adelaide_midnight_dad
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Adelaide Hills, South Australia @adelaide_midnight_dad

WHAT CAN YOU DO NEARBY CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK, SOUTH AUSTRALIA?

Nearby Cleland Wildlife Park, South Australia visitors can explore

  • Mount Lofty summit lookout for expansive views of the Adelaide Hills
  • Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens autumn colours
  • Cleland National Park and Waterfall Gully

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WARRAWONG WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Warrawong is an open range sanctuary offering protection from feral foxes, cats and dogs that prey on endangered wildlife. The sanctuary is home to South Australia’s only mainland population of platypuses.

A guided tour at dusk gives visitors the ideal conditions to view the elusive platypus. There are a range of experiences you can book online or as you enter the sanctuary.

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Rainforest at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, South Australia @warrawong_wildlife_sanctuary
Rainforest at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, South Australia @warrawong_wildlife_sanctuary

WHAT CAN YOU DO NEARBY WARRAWONG WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA?

Nearby Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary visitors can 

  • Beerenberg Strawberry Farm, pick your own berries in season
  • Hahndorf shops to check out German cuckoo clocks.
  • Visit Melba’s Chocolate Factory for sweet delights. (Lobethal)

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Emu at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, South Australia @warrawong_wildlife_sanctuary
Emu at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, South Australia @warrawong_wildlife_sanctuary

 

MONARTO SAFARI PARK, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Rhino installation at Monarto Safari Park, Adelaide, South Australia @abbathajayne
Rhino installation at Monarto Safari Park, Adelaide, South Australia @abbathajayne

Monarto Safari Park, South Australia is vast with a sense of the African savanna due to its enormous size of 1,500-hectare open-range park. Observe Africa’s big five without leaving Australia.

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WHAT CAN YOU DO NEARBY MONARTO SAFARI PARK, SOUTH AUSTRALIA?

  • Murray Bridge Regional Art Gallery 
  • Murray Bridge Bunyip can be found lurking in her cave today on the banks of the Murray River at Sturt Reserve Murray Bridge
  • Captain’s Cottage Museum and connections to the Murray River

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Murray Bridge Regional Art Gallery, South Australia @murraybridgeregionalgallery
Murray Bridge Regional Art Gallery, South Australia @murraybridgeregionalgallery

ADELAIDE ZOO

Discover a zoo with a powerful record of breeding endangered species and the second oldest zoo in Australia.

Adelaide Zoo is located adjacent to Adelaide parklands, within the CBD and very accessible.

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Adelaide zoo, Adelaide, South Australia @ayu_rockstar
Adelaide zoo, South Australia @ayu_rockstar

WHAT IS THERE TO DO NEARBY THE ADELAIDE ZOO?

  • Adelaide Zoo Playground is impressive. Kids can have fun on play equipment built on nature play principles. There are climbing structures, water play features, a creek bed to paddle in and aerial walkways. Kids have a birds-eye-view of the Zoo, the CBD and the riverbank. Disabled access does not miss out with a lift to view the zoo from the aerial lookout.
  • Another aerial challenge for kids. If your kids are not afraid of heights, climb through treetops. Children have to be over 100 cm in height.  Admission fees apply. Check TreeClimb Adelaide.
  • National Railway Museum for kids to explore a full sized steam train complete with puffing steam. 
  • Adelaide Zoo is a mere 1.8 km to Rundle Mall, a premier shopping destination. 18 minutes walk and the teenagers are happy.

 

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TRAVEL PACK INFORMATION

Check wildlife parks and zoos for up to date information on opening hours, admission fees.

 

 

 

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