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Butterfly Aviary at Cleland Wildlife Park

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published December 11th 2018
A new and special home for nature's flying flowers
Butterflies! Everyone loves butterflies!

Monarch butterfly
Monarch butterfly (©paula mcmanus)


My hand is up - yep, I love butterflies too. They're so beautiful. They're gentle and elegant and, despite their fragile state, are tough little critters. They also play a vital role in our ecosystems - butterflies are important indicators of a healthy environment.

Well, read on if you're a butterfly lover! Newly opened in time for the Christmas holidays is a butterfly aviary at Cleland Wildlife Park at Mt Lofty.

Butterfly on blossom
Butterfly on blossom (©paula mcmanus)


The aviary has been built with the support of the Butterfly Conservation Society of South Australia and is a showcase of the importance that butterflies make to our health and wellbeing.

At the moment, the aviary is a closed structure and visitors can only walk around it, but there are plans to open the butterfly house soon so that visitors can have a wonderful walk-through experience.

The aviary will become home to 7 different species of butterflies - Monarchs, two types of Swallowtails, Lesser Wanderers, Common Browns, Australian Admirals and Painted Ladies. Volunteers have been busily collecting caterpillars and adult butterflies and the correct botanic species have been planted in the aviary and the off-site caterpillar nursery. Cleland staff will work closely with the Butterfly Conservation Society to breed the threatened species, the Chequered and Dainty Swallowtails and the Lesser Wanderers, for release back into the Mt Lofty Ranges area.

Monarch on scabiosa
Monarch on scabiosa (©paula mcmanus)


Many South Australians will remember the Butterfly House which was next door to the now-defunct Puzzle Park at Murray Bridge. The 2 parks closed more than 10 years ago and this brand-new Butterfly House will be a welcome return to those who were fans. The butterfly's new home at Cleland is sure to become an instant and popular attraction for tourists, school groups, photographers and nature lovers in general.

I'm sure that once fully opened for walk-through experiences, Cleland's Butterfly Aviary will become one of SA's most magical wildlife adventures - it promises to be both enchanting and educational. What better way to learn about South Australia's beautiful butterflies than to be in their home with them.

Monarch butterfly on lavender
Monarch butterfly on lavender (©paula mcmanus)


To coincide with the opening of the aviary, Cleland Wildlife Park (in partnership with the South Australian Museum and the Butterfly Conservation Society) has launched an exhibition on butterflies and their ecology, biology and environmental value. The exhibition can be seen in the Ocean to Outback Interpretive Centre within the Wildlife Park.

You can find the Butterfly Aviary just inside the main entrance. Cleland is open nearly every day of the year. To check the opening times, entrance fees and lots more info, head to their website.

Australian Admiral butterfly
Australian Admiral (©paula mcmanus)


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Why? Newly opened in time for the Christmas holidays is a butterfly aviary at Cleland Wildlife Park at Mt Lofty
When: Open nearly every day of the year
Phone: 8339 2444
Where: Cleland Wildlife Park, Mt Lofty
Cost: Adult $25.50, Concession $20, Child (aged 4-15) $12, Family $61
Your Comment
Congratulations winning second place.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12166) 20 days ago
Thanks for the glorious images Paula.
I loved the Butterfly house in Kuranda, North of Cairns.
But I am sure I couldn't capture them on film in such detail.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1152) 36 days ago
The Butterfly House in Coffs harbour is well worth a visit too.
by May Cross (score: 3|3703) 28 days ago
You are are a great writer Paula but your photos are really spectacular .. congrats on the silver!
by Kate Blake (score: 3|1322) 21 days ago
Excellent insight, and great pics!
by Michael Genrich (score: 2|497) 28 days ago
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