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Private koala feeding tour

Due to the current COVID-associated risks to our staff and animals, we’ve made the decision to place a temporary pause on this experience, in line with other accredited Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia Institutions. We understand these special experiences provide a fantastic opportunity for visitors to connect on a deeper level with our animals, our wildlife keepers and with our purpose of helping to Engage, Learn and Conserve.

We will be reviewing the situation regularly to bring our intimate animal experiences back online as soon as we can.

For a very special experience, book a private behind-the-scenes koala feeding tour.

This exclusive once-a-day 30 minute experience is limited to two people per tour, and you will be able to hand-feed eucalyptus leaves to the koalas.

Keepers will share their expertise on koala behaviour, health and conservation and you will even have the opportunity to help perform daily health checks

The package includes:

  • the rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at Cleland and hand feed koalas
  • the opportunity to help with the koalas daily health checks
  • your own personal keeper to answer all your questions

There is one session available daily at 12.30pm. Bookings are essential and can be made online in advance to avoid missing out. Please note this experience does not include a koala hold.

Health and safety conditions apply.

Please note that the koala experiences will not be held if temperatures are forecast to be 32 degrees and above at Mt Barker.

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.