Cleland Conservation Park, Adelaide

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Cleland Conservation Park is a protected area located in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia about 22 kilometres (14 mi) south-east of the Adelaide city centre. Cleland Conservation Park conserves a significant area of natural bushland on the Adelaide Hills face and includes the internationally popular Cleland Wildlife Park and the popular tourist destinations of Mount Lofty summit and Waterfall Gully. It is maintained by the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).
The conservation park was named for Sir John Burton Cleland (1878-1971), a renowned naturalist, microbiologist, mycologist and ornithologist, and member of the Royal Society of South Australia. After a career in medicine and pathology, Cleland became keenly interested in wildlife conservation.
The conservation park occupies land in the gazetted suburbs of Cleland, Crafers and Waterfall Gully.
The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category II protected area.
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  • This Park was recommended by our Adelaide taxi driver. I am so glad that we decided to visit once we picked up our rental car since it was located outside of the main city center. We spent about 3.....  more »
  • You are up above the city and can enjoy some amazing views of the region, including the waterfront. And then there are the magnificent animals there for your close-up photos and even sone petting...  more »
  • An elegant, peaceful place to go for a gentle walk or long hike at. Wildlife is abundant and the paths and fauna are well-preserved. Can get quite busy along the main paths, several offshoot paths can offer quieter but slightly steeper journeys.
  • What a wonderful day at Cleland. Great wildlife park, you can hand feed a kangaroo and get up close with koalas. Only a short drive from the CBD. The animal keepers are very nice. Friendly reception staff. Well worth the look. Highly recommend 👍🏻

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