Adelaide: Cleland Wildlife Park
Get There: 365 Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Cleland – 20 minutes from Adelaide “city”.
Cost: 22AUD entry
Open: 9.30am – 5pm daily (except Christmas Day)
The top three bucket list for tourists visiting Australia is as follows:
1. Get up close and personal with the ridiculous, less terrifying animals that grace our shores
2. Become well acquainted with the ‘goon bag’
3. Make a complete dick of yourself at Cheeky Monkeys in Byron Bay
As an Australian who has traveled extensively, I was ashamed to say I had not ticket all of these from my Aussie bucket list. It was time to hold a koala, and where else better than in Adelaide, given there is shit all else to do there.
I rocked up at Cleland, nervous for what could quickly become reminiscent of a school trip minus the free feed from mum. Turns out those school trips were probably more fun than your apathetic adolescent brain gave them credit for.
A pack of food for the animals is $3, which is more than enough to spend the afternoon feeding more species of kangaroo than you knew existed, almost lose a finger to a pecking emu with its characteristic soulless eyes and give the birds some pity feed because, unless your a birder, birds are just a space filler. There will still be plenty of feed left over, and if you’re really desperate, it is probably edible, as you will see many kids giving it a whirl.
Cozying up to a koala will set you back $30, but includes that quintessential, cute-ass picture. Alternatively, you can simply stand behind someone getting a photo and pat it for free – the choice is yours, hobos.
If you have an extra $22 lying around and are stuck on things to do in Adelaide, it’s definitely a cool, fairly cheap way to spend the day.