Guest Post: This post about the top 3 animal experiences near Adelaide in South Australia, is a guest post.

Located on the breath-taking coastline of Southern Australia, Adelaide is not only an exciting city bursting with life and culture, but also surrounded by beautiful, diverse nature and parks featuring a range of native animals. Often underrated compared to Sydney and Melbourne, Adelaide is certainly worth visiting as a city in itself and for its incredible natural surroundings. 

When visiting Australia, experiencing its unique and varied wildlife should always be top of your list and there are plenty of places to experience Australia’s animals close to Adelaide! From adorable koala bears to lively kangaroos, many nature parks and zoos offer unforgettable animal experiences which offer you the opportunity to meet some of Australia’s most iconic animals up close. Here are some of the top nature parks and zoos to visit close to Adelaide: 

Cleland Wildlife Park 

South-east of Adelaide city centre in the rolling Adelaide hills, lies Cleland Wildlife Park; a green oasis of nature featuring some of Australia’s most iconic animals such as koalas, wombats, cockatoos, snakes and lizards! Offering an array of unique animal experiences, such as the Koala Experience, the Butterfly Experience and the Reptile Experience, Cleland Wildlife Park is a great opportunity to learn all about Australia’s wildlife whilst you can meet all of these curious creatures up close. If you are going to Cleland Wildlife Park with the little ones, they can enjoy the Kids Experiences especially designed for them. 

Located only 20 minutes from Adelaide city centre, Cleland Wildlife Park is easily accessible by both car and public transport – you can take many different buses to ‘Stop 27 – Cleland’. Adult Tickets are priced at $30, Child Tickets are $15, and Concession Tickets are $25, making it an affordable and special day out! 

Cleland Wildlife Park

Monarto Safari Park 

From enormous rhinos to cheeky chimpanzees, Monarato Safari Park boasts an eclectic mix of wildlife from all over the world including meerkats, lions, tigers, Tasmanian devils! If you are crazy about big cats, they enjoy the unique opportunity of meeting lions up close with the epic Lion 360 experience! Younger children will love the Meerkat Mingle – a chance to feed and play with Monardo’s meerkats and learn all about their habits. 

While standard tickets cost $38 for an adult and $20 for a child, the Animal Experiences are slightly more expensive but definitely worth experiencing! Monarto is situated East of Adelaide and is easy to reach by both car and public transport- you can take the LinkSA Bus from Adelaide town centre. An unforgettable day out, Monarto Safari Park is an opportunity to explore Adelaide’s idyllic surroundings whilst you see animals from all over the world! 

Adelaide Zoo 

If you are planning on not venturing far from the city but are keen to meet Australia’s incredible animals, then Adelaide Zoo is a fantastic option! Known for its family of Pandas, Adelaide Zoo is home to over 2,500 exotic creatures such as tigers, penguins, lions, sea lions and many more and you can enjoy interactive experiences with them! As a conservation zoo, Adelaide Zoo strives to protect different species and contribute to conservation efforts, such as pioneering an animal breeding technique called ‘cross-fostering’ among other initiatives. If you are visiting the park with young children, they will love running wild on the adventure playground, which is full of impressive apparatuses. 

Crowned Australia’s second oldest zoo, Adelaide Zoo is a historic site situated in the idyllic parklands just north of Adelaide, making it easy to reach by car. With adult tickets priced at $38, child tickets at $20 and a family ticket (2Ad +3C) at $96, Adelaide is an ideal family day out whilst you are visiting the city of Adelaide! 

Adelaide Zoo Pandas

I hope you’ve enjoyed this guest post about the top 3 animal experiences near Adelaide. I’ve not had the opportunity to visit Australia yet, but it is most definitely on my bucket list. Visiting wildlife parks and going on animal encounters is always a great fun family day out.