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Koala close-up – private package

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.


Koalas are one of the most recognisable Australian animals, they are known and loved worldwide. Cleland is famous for its koala experiences – every day we provide opportunities to have unique and informative encounters with our inquisitive koalas and their passionate keepers.

Please note this experience has been modified so we can comply with social distancing requirements. You will still be able to meet one of our koalas and have the opportunity to chat to one of our friendly wildlife keepers, however you will not be able to pat the animals or take close-up photos.

The package includes:

  • park entry for the day
  • a private session out of public waiting times
  • animal food to feed some of the other animals in the park
  • a free coffee, tea or hot chocolate per person which can be enjoyed in the Cleland Café
  • 10% discount card that can be used in our gift shop.
This experience is for one hour which can also include a brief tour of the park after your koala experience (time permitting). Maximum numbers per booking: 30.
Bookings are essential. Please contact one of our team on (08) 8339 2444 during business hours Monday to Friday or email clelandwildlifepark@sa.gov.au

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.