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Gorge 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.
Published June 30th 2013
cuddle at cudlee
The Gorge Wildlife Park is one of my favourite places to visit and spend a day.

The park is located in Cudlee Creek which is approximately a 45 minute drive through the beautiful Adelaide Hills from the Adelaide CBD. It's only 20 minutes from the north-eastern suburbs of Campbelltown and Modbury.

Baby Kangaroo, Gorge Wildlife Park (©paula mcmanus)
Joey at Gorge Wildlife Park

The Gorge Wildlife Park is privately owned and has one of the largest collections of privately owned animals and birds in Australia.

During a visit to the park you will see and get close to Australian native animals such as kookaburras, large birds of prey including the wedge tailed eagle, wombats, dingos, echidnas, fruit bats, kangaroos and wallabies (including many rare albino species).

Whistling Kite, Albino Wallaby, Grey-headed flying fox, Gorge Wildlife Park (©paula mcmanus)
Whistling kite, albino wallaby, grey-headed flying fox, Gorge Wildlife Park

You can cuddle a koala for free at this park too. I was amazed that a free koala holding was included in the park entrance fee - amazing value. The first time I have ever held a koala was at the Gorge Wildlife Park and it remains a very special memory for me. Cuddle times happen every day at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
At these times you can hold or pat the koalas, take your own photographs and learn lots of interesting facts about them from the koala keepers.

Cuddle a koala at Gorge Wildlife Park (©paula mcmanus)
Cuddle a koala

Koala holding is subject to conditions though:
It is at the keeper's discretion to determine the suitability of someone to hold the koala; and
there will be only one session (11.30am) when the forecast Adelaide temperature is 36 degrees or above

There are many exotic animals on display as well, including American alligators, meerkats, otters, monkeys and many more.

American Alligator, Gorge Wildlife Park (©paula mcmanus)
American alligator, Gorge Wildlife Park

A vast range of birds from fairy wrens to ostriches and everything in between. Some birds are in enclosures, some like the peacocks, are free to walk around in the park without restriction and some are in the walk-through aviary. In the mornings and afternoons you'll see some of the beautiful bird visitors who make a very noisy arrival to receive some free food - amongst them are large flocks of finches, rainbow lorikeets and New Holland honey eaters.

Budgerigars, Gorge Wildlife Park (©paula mcmanus)
Budgerigars, Gorge Wildlife Park

On the last Sunday of each month (or if it's a public holiday long weekend, it will be the Monday), the park has its "Unleashed" sessions. During these sessions a group of keepers roam the park between 12.30pm and 3.30pm with a variety of animals, birds and reptiles, giving the visitors an up close and personal encounter with some of the park's residents.

Subject to Weather Conditions:
Unleashed sessions will not be held when the forecast Adelaide temperature is below 15 degrees or 32 degrees and above.

Albino Peacock, Gorge Wildlife Park (©paula mcmanus)
Albino peacock, Gorge Wildlife Park

Address: Redden Drive, Cudlee Creek SA 5232
Phone: 08 8389 2206
Open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am - 5pm.

Admission Prices
Adults $15
Children (3-15yrs) $9
Students and Concession (Age & Disability) $12
Eftpos and Credit Cards accepted
Family passes start at $42 (2 Adults & 2 Children)
Discounts for groups of 15 people or more

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online via their secure booking system.

Public Transport
LinkSA offer regular services to and from Cudlee Creek and The Modbury Interchange Zone H, to download the time table go to or phone 8564 3022 or 8532 2633 for more information.

Bearded Dragon, Gorge Wildlife Park (©paula mcmanus)
Bearded dragon, Gorge Wildlife Park

Park facilities:


The kiosk sells a comprehensive range of fresh take-away food (pies, pasties, hot-dogs, sandwiches etc) as well as hot and cold drinks, ice-creams and confectionery.


The souvenir shop has an extensive range of upmarket items as well as t-shirts, soft toys, cards, photos and novelty items.

Animal Food

At the kiosk you can purchase bags of pellets & grain to feed many of the parks residents. This will give the kids lots of fun as they get up close and personal with the very friendly animals.

Barbecue And Picnic Areas

The BBQ facility with gas barbeques (no additional charge) is undercover and can seat approximately 60 people. There is also gazebo type seating and lawn areas for picnics. Feel free to bring your own food and refreshments.

Annual Membership

Why not be a member and go to the park all year round?
The park has a friends group and membership which costs only: Adults (16 years & over) $40, children (under 16 years) $15 or family membership (2 Adults & 2 Children) $100.

Japanese Macaque, Gorge Wildlife Park (©paula mcmanus)
Japanese Macaque, Gorge Wildlife Park

I'm not the only one who loves this wildlife park to bits. Read some of the visitor reviews online, then book your ticket, pack a barbeque lunch, put the kids in the car and spend a truly enjoyable and value packed day at the Gorge Wildlife Park. I can guarantee that you will love it and you'll be planning your next visit on your way out to go home.
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When: Open every day 9am to 5pm, except Christmas Day
Phone: 8389 2206
Where: Redden Drive, Cudlee Creek
Cost: Adults $15 Children (3-15yrs) $9 Students and Concession (Age & Disability) $12 Family passes start at $42 (2 Adults & 2 Children)
Your Comment
I never realised that there is an alternative zoo!
Wonderful photography again Paula :-)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11309) 3380 days ago
Never knew this existed, I'll be sure to check it out sometime soon!
by Hayley (score: 3|1016) 3379 days ago
Great article. It's an amazing place! We never take overseas visitors to Cleland. If you want to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife, this is the place. I'm in my mid 50s and I've been going there since I was a kid. Family owned and operated for generations.
by cannd (score: 1|32) 3378 days ago
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