Koalas, Emus and Kangaroos: South Australia’s Wildlife

Posted on April 9, 2013 by

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.

A koala bear in action

The adorable koala bear posing naturally

A koala bear in the tree

A koala bear in the trees of Cleland

A wallaby up close

A wallaby sniffing for food

A beautiful wallaby in the bush

A rock wallaby hiding in the bush

An echidna

One of my favorite animals in Cleland: the echidna, an adorable spiny ant eater

An emu roams freely

The emu is a very curious creature, pecking at our camera cheekily

A wallaby lounging around

A wallaby lounges on the grassland

A kangaroo and her joey

A kangaroo and her joey relax side by side

My koala bear

The koala bear that I got to know

The elusive wombat

We finally got the chance to see a wombat in reality after hearing all about it

Alberto feeding the wallabies

Alberto reaches out to feed a wallaby

Nellie feeding a wallaby

A kangaroo hungrily devours food from my hand

Hugging a koala bear

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.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

6 Responses to “Koalas, Emus and Kangaroos: South Australia’s Wildlife”

  1. CurlyTraveller April 10, 2013 6:17 am #

    What a gorgeous pictures! I love Australia, but have not been in Adelaide. Who knows what the future will bring;-)

  2. andiperullo April 10, 2013 8:26 am #

    Koalas are the cutest!!!!!

  3. Visa USA April 11, 2013 11:11 pm #

    I never thought that koalas are big and looks fluffy at the picture. Geez, there so cute.

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  6. Keith Kellett October 19, 2015 7:57 am #

    If you don’t have a car, there’s a bus stop right outside the gates!

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