We visited a number of zoos in the Adelaide region over the Easter long weekend of 2012, and Cleland was one of them.
We are zoo freaks, and plan our vacations around zoos. Indeed, we visited Adelaide for the sole purpose of visiting 5 zoos in 4 days.
With that in mind, I will give my opinion on the park as a tourist, and then as a zoo aficionado.
For tourists, this is a wonderful park. There are so many free-ranging animals that will gladly come up to you and eat from your hand, including: kangaroos, wallabies, poteroos, emus, ducks, geese, moorhens etc which is great fun. There are many iconic Australian animals on show, including kangaroos, wombats, and koalas, so no overseas tourist will be disappointed.
Anyone who has visited many zoos overseas and in Australia especially, might be disappointed. You will pay $18 per adult and quickly walk through the park realising that you have seen all of these native animals before. It's a bit off the beaten track, so I would only recommend it if you have the extra time and wanted to tick yet another cookie-cutter Australian fauna park off your list.
To all readers, I would strongly recommend that if you could visit only one zoo other than Adelaide Zoo, then don't bother with Cleland. Visit Gorge Wildlife Park instead: at only $15 per adult, you will see all of the iconic Aussie animals PLUS exotics like marmosets and macaws AND you can hand-feed more or less ALL the animals there.
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