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Koala experiences

Is koala fur soft? Are their claws sharp? How much do they eat?

Cleland is one of the few places in Australia where you can get right up close to, and even hold, a koala.

Included in your park entry fee is the opportunity to come along to a Koala close-up. You can meet and touch some of the park’s friendliest residents. You can also take photos of those in your group standing right next to the koala.

For an additional fee, you have the unique opportunity to hold a koala, meet its keeper and have your photo taken at the same time! Find out more about the opportunity to hold a koala. Or you can organise a private, behind-the-scenes tour where you can hand-feed eucalyptus leaves to the koalas.

Health and safety conditions apply to all of our Koala experiences.

Due to high demand, koala holds have limited spaces and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We understand your disappointment if you miss out but please understand we are just looking out for the health of our koalas.

To ensure the koala lives safely and thrives within our community, the South Australian Government has established Koala Life, a research organisation that will lead vital research into our understanding of the Koala.

Please note, this is an intimate and up-close animal encounter. In order to settle and monitor our animals, Cleland’s Wildlife Keepers will also need to get up-close at times.

Masks are therefore a requirement for this experience, regardless of age or any exemptions. By booking this experience you, and any other participants, agree to wear a mask for the duration of the experience. Your cooperation ensures your safety is maintained, while also protecting the wellbeing of our staff and animals. Thank you.