I am a writing Novelist from Austria - www.bettinabuechel.com/entangled_souls.asp - I am living in South Australia since December 2010 and enjoy it a lot. Besides this I look after a small vineyard - www.lot333wines.com.au
Published September 8th 2012
Attraction, fun and wildlife
We all know that the national and wildlife Parks in Australia are great leisure and recreation centers, and thankfully there are enough of them to visit. Even in the Northern Territory there are more than 60, the best known being the Kakadu National Park.
Unfortunately, we have not had the pleasure to visit one of the bigger one's since we are living in Adelaide. But in our opinion it is almost a must to see the exotic wildlife of Australia and therefore we started with our experience directly in our neighbourhood.
[ADVERT]Less than 20 minutes from Adelaide's city center, you can enjoy the award-winning Cleland Wildlife Park, which is a member of the South Australia Tourism Hall of Fame. Here you can meet some of the most iconic residents of South Australia. The park is nestled in the midst of an open bush land. With its 35 hectares, it offers the unique wildlife of Australia a natural habitat, and the great thing is, you can interact with most of the animals.
We strolled through the bush and were very curious what to expect next. There are kangaroos, wallabies, emus and other animals, which are allowed to move freely in the park. All of them can be fed and petted. A lot of fun, especially for kids, but also for us elderly.
Most larger kangaroos are so lazy that they do not even eat out of your hand, but only blow a bored hot breath in your palm. Unfortunately, we do not get to see the yellow-footed rock wallaby, because they were all hidden in the rocks, but we were able to explore enough other species. Some of them are behind bars like the dingos and all kinds of reptiles, which are too dangerous to let them roam free.
However, the biggest attraction are clearly the koalas, an incredibly droll character and probably one of the most legendary species of Australia. This fuzzy little animals we could watch for hours. Watching as they turn their jogging labs, have their pull-up workout, or push each other from the eucalyptus trees is simply amazing. Cleland is also one of a few parks in Australia, where it is allowed to take a koala on your arm. It's not for free, but worth the money.