Adelaide City Parks and Wildlife

Surrounded by parklands

World-class wine and food will always be great reasons to come to Adelaide. But once you experience our parks and wildlife, you’ll have more excuses to return.

Here you can feed kangaroos and hold koalas; swim with dolphins and marvel at migrating whales. The bonus is there’s hardly any travel involved.

Pandas at Adelaide Zoo, South Australia

Along with more than 300 species of animals at the Adelaide Zoo, see its star attractions Wang Wang and Funi - the only giant pandas in the southern hemisphere. Book exclusive tours or stay for the 'wild nights' overnight experience.

Zoos and wildlife parks

Just an hour’s drive from Adelaide up the South Eastern Freeway, you'll find animals from Africa and Asia roaming around Monarto Zoo - a massive conservation park and the largest open range zoo in Australia. It's home to South Australia's first ever southern white rhinoceros and Australia's largest giraffe herd.  

Head to the Adelaide Hills and venture into Cleland Wildlife Park where animals roam freely across 35 hectares of native bushland. Feed a kangaroo or hold a koala and have your photo taken.

With monkeys, meerkats, alligators and otters, the mix of animals at Gorge Wildlife Park is exotic to say the least. All your favourite Australian animals are also there including wombats, dingoes, echidnas and Tasmanian devils.

Go wild with a wildlife tour

For a magical wildlife experience, head to Kangaroo Island and tour this amazing place by coach, four wheel drive (4WD), foot, boat or helicopter. Join a guided tour at Seal Bay Conservation Park and walk among a colony of Australian sea lions as they bask in the sun.

At Victor Harbor, an hour’s drive south of Adelaide, watch endangered southern right whales as they migrate to the Great Australian Bight, off Eyre Peninsula's far west coast, to breed and calve.

Closer to Adelaide, head to Glenelg beach and join Temptation Sailing for the chance to swim with dolphins - or just sit back and watch these magnificant mammals frollick in the water.

Botanic gardens

At the city's botanic gardens, you can do so much more than smell the roses. Enter the Adelaide Botanic Garden from North Terrace through a spectacular avenue of Moreton Bay fig trees.

Inside, buildings like the 1877 glass Palm House and Amazon Waterlily Pavilion complement the glory of nature, which is spread across 16 hectares and features Australian natives, exotics and ornamental plants. On a sunny day, there’s nowhere better. Sit and relax on the cool grass, under the shade of a tree. Bring a picnic rug and hamper and stay for lunch.       

The Rose Garden at Mount Lofty is heritage listed. This botanic garden also boasts magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons, which are simply stunning when in bloom. Several picturesque walking trails take you up and down the garden's seven valleys, including Fern Gully - home to one of the richest collections of ferns in Australia.

The Wittunga Botanic Garden in Blackwood shows the close relationship between Australian and South African shrubs and trees.

Adelaide - superb gardens and wonderful wildlife parks.

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