These Adelaide wildlife attractions will delight animal lovers! Get koala cuddles, feed kangaroos, and learn all about Australia’s unique and diverse creatures!
Adelaide Wildlife Attractions
One of the top reasons to visit Australia is to see its diverse landscapes and environments. South Australia is especially diverse and the Adelaide wildlife will have animal lovers giddy with excitement! In this post, we’ve listed the top three places to see wildlife in Adelaide, Australia.
Gorge Wildlife Park
Who wouldn’t want a koala cuddle?? Gorge Wildlife Park is one of few places in Australia where you can actually hold a koala, and at no extra cost! They also have other favorite Australian animals like Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingos, and echidnas. Additionally, on the last Sunday of the month, keepers bring out a large variety of animals so visitors can see them up close and even hold many of them.
This wildlife park is on 14 acres of land and has been delighting guests since 1965. The original family still owns the wildlife park and their mission is to create intimate and personal experiences that visitors will always remember. You can also bring your own food and picnic on the grounds of the park, which we think is really cool.
Gorge Wildlife Park is located about 40 minutes northeast of Adelaide and is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
Cleland Wildlife Park
The Cleland Wildlife Park is another great place to see Adelaide wildlife. There are very few enclosures in this wildlife park and the animals are used to people so they roam about freely. We suggest buying a small bag of animal food when you first arrive as it will help entice the animals to get a little closer.
Hand feeding the animals is a great experience and will lead to some awesome memories and photos. However, please remember that the animals should still be respected; never poke an animal or make it feel threatened.
Cleland Wildlife Park has been open since 1967 and is one of the top Adelaide attractions. It’s won multiple awards and is a member of the South Australian Tourism Hall of Fame after winning the ‘Significant Tourism Attraction’ category at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 South Australian Tourism Awards.
Cleland Wildlife Park is about 20 minutes southeast of Adelaide.
Located right in the center of Adelaide is the Adelaide Zoo. Here, visitors can enjoy many different kinds of interactive animal experiences. Without a doubt, the Adelaide Zoo pandas steal the show, as they’re the only Giant Pandas in Australia. But in total, the zoo has over 2,500 animals and 250 species and they’re spread out over eight hectares of land.
One of the Adelaide Zoo experiences that we think is really awesome is the Wild Nights sleepover. You get to spend the night at the zoo in a tent, you are provided with dinner and breakfast, you get to go on a night safari, and a Panda and Friends Behind the Scenes Experience is included the next day as well. How amazing does that sound??
Planning Your Adelaide Wildlife Adventure
To really get to know all of the wildlife in Adelaide, we suggest visiting all three attractions; animal enthusiasts will appreciate the different experiences that each offers. To best get around, we recommend renting a car in Adelaide. That way you can easily get to and from each park.
Since two of the three attractions are east of the city center, you may also want to consider finding a hotel on the east side of town. This would also be good if you’re considering a road trip to Melbourne.
Another thing to consider when planning your trip to Adelaide is the time of year you will be visiting. In the extreme heat of Australian summers, animals will find cooler places to hide out, so it may not be as easy to spot them. Zoo and park guides will be able to help though.
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Final Thoughts on Adelaide Wildlife
Australia has some of the most unique animals in the world. Fortunately, you can see all of the most well-known Australian animals in Adelaide. With three of the city’s top attractions focusing on Adelaide wildlife, anyone wanting to see these amazing creatures has multiple opportunities and we know that visiting these parks will be an unforgettable experience.
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