After a long road trip from Alice Springs to Adelaide in South Australia, we were ready to take a break from driving and do some exploring. The problem was, we only had one day to explore Adelaide. So I asked my Twitter friends for some advice: what should we do with just one day in the city? The answer was easy, everyone recommended a visit to the Cleland Wildlife Park.
Just 12 km (7.5 miles) away from the Adelaide city center, the Cleland Conservation Park is a beautiful patchwork of natural bushland poised on the very top of Adelaide Hills. Here, the mountain air is fresh, grasslands sprawl across the area and Eucalyptus trees are peppered all over the hill slopes. It’s the perfect home South Australia’s native animals. Kangaroos jump and hop freely, emus saunter leisurely on their own turf, while Tasmanian devils screech and brawl into the darkness. Even rare and endangered species such as the yellow-footed rock wallabies and brush-tailed bettongs scamper and scuttle in freedom. There are no large fences nor giant enclosures – so you really get the chance to mingle and interact with these adorable creatures. I even got to hug a koala bear – it was an experience unlike no other.
For a look at our experience at Cleland, here are some photos that Alberto took. Hope they give you an idea of how close you can get to these animals.
The adorable koala bear posing naturally
A koala bear in the trees of Cleland
A wallaby sniffing for food
A rock wallaby hiding in the bush
One of my favorite animals in Cleland: the echidna, an adorable spiny ant eater
The emu is a very curious creature, pecking at our camera cheekily
A wallaby lounges on the grassland
A kangaroo and her joey relax side by side
The koala bear that I got to know
We finally got the chance to see a wombat in reality after hearing all about it
Alberto reaches out to feed a wallaby
A kangaroo hungrily devours food from my hand
That’s me and my adorable koala!
Disclaimer: Special thanks to Tourism South Australia for the tips and advice! This visit was funded by ourselves, though our trip there was partially sponsored by Tourism South Australia. All opinions expressed above are our own.