Taking a walk on the wild side has never been as much fun as when it’s done in Adelaide. Animal and nature lovers have lots to look forward to and what’s so great is the fact that you do get interactive experiences too; this means you and the kids can actually get a hand’s on experience, interacting with everything from cuddly koalas to humongous hippos!
The popular Adelaide Zoo has become even more popular these days with the arrival of Funi and Wang Wang, the only giant pandas in the country. You even get behind the scene tours of these pandas and with the release of Kung Fu Panda 3, chances are your kids will be looking forward to seeing friends of Po (the leading character’s name in the movie!). While you do get lots of animals at the zoo from Australia and around the world, the interactive elements are the ones which can make a visit that extra special; checking the teeth of hippos, hand-feeding squirrel monkeys and bringing food to the king of the jungle are just some of the special animal encounters that await.
Around an hour away from the city, this open-range zoo offers a more safari like experience and is a great place to see wild inhabitants from across the globe. You get everything here from cheetahs to elephants and rhinoceros’ to lions and visitors have the option of either taking a special shuttle service or embarking on a walking trail.
Cleland Wildlife Park
– Here’s the perfect place to get up close (and personal!) with the lovable and huggable koala! Only about 20 minutes from the city, Cleland Wildlife Park has lots of koala encounters for visitors to enjoy amidst its expansive bushland areas. You will also find some of Australia’s other famous wild residents including kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and dingoes. Some animals can be handfed which is quite a treat and you also get the option of heading off on a special night walk for some truly “wild” nightlife!
Adelaide Botanic Garden
The perfect escape be it for nature adventures or relaxed exploration, the Adelaide Botanic Garden has more flora than fauna, though you will see some wild residents too on occasion. The gardens are in the city itself and finding nearby serviced apartments Adelaide is a definite plus. Located around 9 minutes away, Oaks Embassy is one such option worth looking into. Once you reach this treasure trove of emerald, you have much to explore with various sections providing something different to experience; there’s the First Creek Wetland with endemic plant life, the Garden of Health where you can see and learn about plants that heal, the Australian Native Garden and the colourful International Rose Garden too.
Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+