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Mount Lofty Downhill Bike Tour & Cleland Wildlife Park Visit

1. Mount Lofty Downhill Bike Tour & Cleland Wildlife Park Visit

At the beginning of this 4-hour activity you’ll be picked up in central Adelaide and transferred to the summit of Mount Lofty. At 710 meters, it is the highest point in the Mount Lofty Ranges and offers stunning views of Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, and the plains below. From here it’s downhill all the way back to Adelaide! It’s just a short ride though Cleland Conservation park to your first stop of the day, at Cleland Wildlife Park. You’ll have a chance to explore at your leisure and feed or pet kangaroos, wallabies, emus and many other native animals. You may even have the chance to pet a koala! Enjoy morning tea while relaxing in the natural surroundings. On leaving the wildlife park, you can enjoy the best part of the whole trip, which is the ride through Cleland Conservation Park. It’s all downhill with a mix of some fun rough sections, other nice flat sections, and some fast bits! You’ll definitely see wild koalas as you ride through this stunning place. After approximately 10 km you’ll arrive in the suburbs of Adelaide, and enjoy a final spin along some quiet backstreets, past some lovely houses and suburban parks. When you reach Victoria Park you’ll have a great view of the summit of Mount Lofty, where you started out 3 hours and 18 km ago!

Cleland Wildlife Park Experience with Mount Lofty Summit

2. Cleland Wildlife Park Experience with Mount Lofty Summit

A day with Australia's wonderful animals awaits. Before arriving at the wildlife park, you will take a short stop at Mount Lofty Summit to enjoy the magnificent panorama over Adelaide. At approximately 710m, the summit is the highest point in the Adelaide Hills with uninterrupted views to the Gulf St. Vincent and as far as the eye can see north and south. The Cleland Wildlife Park is set in 35 hectares of natural bush and provides a unique open space environment with very few enclosures. It is home to over 130 species of native animals and is one of only a few places in the world where you can hold a koala. Cleland Wildlife Park is well known for its management and care in the health and wellbeing of the animals. As you explore the park and follow the self-guided discovery trails, find an abundance of native wildlife and walk among the free roaming animals in their natural environment. Explore the lively wetlands where the pelicans, cormorants and water birds live. See kangaroos, emus, dingoes, wallabies, Tasmanian devils and many more! Get up close to Australia’s iconic Koala! Your entry fee includes the ‘close-up’ experience where you can meet, touch and photograph one of the park’s cutest inhabitants while listening to the keepers who care for them. For an additional fee (no pre-booking), you have a unique opportunity to hold a koala and have a professional photo taken at the same time. Engaging with the park’s friendliest inhabitants provides a truly immersive experience. The best way to get up close to the kangaroos, wallabies and potoroos is by hand feeding them with the animal food provided. Don’t forget to save some for the emus and waterfowl as you make your way around the park. The Ocean to Outback Interpretive Centre provides an opportunity to learn about South Australia’s diverse ecosystems whilst viewing the nocturnal animals, small mammals and reptiles – you may even choose the reptile hold experience!

Mount Lofty Summit Hike and Cleland Wildlife Park Visit

3. Mount Lofty Summit Hike and Cleland Wildlife Park Visit

A short scenic drive from the city takes you directly to the trailhead of Adelaide’s most popular hike. Explore this natural environment at your own pace on this specially structured self-guided experience. Arriving around 8:30 AM, be amazed by your first sight of the spectacular First Falls sparkling in the morning sunshine. Setting off at your own pace and depending upon your interest stops along the way, expect to take between 1 to 2 hours to arrive at the Summit. Fully immerse in the environment and sense the wilderness while listening to the sounds of the native birdlife. Detect the distinctive scents of the eucalyptus trees as the 3.9km trail climbs past waterfalls, along streams and gully ridges. Keep a keen eye out for sleepy koalas high in the gum trees, small lizards or even a kangaroo grazing in the bush! Sense the feeling of height as you reach the summit and be rewarded with breathtaking views over Adelaide and beyond. See the city buildings, parklands and iconic Adelaide Oval, look out across the plains to the Airport, the coastal town of Glenelg and the far reaches of Port Adelaide. On a clear day, you may even sight Kangaroo Island! Just down from the Summit is another beautiful bush track leading to the Cleland Wildlife Park. Re-energise at the Cleland Café on arrival before exploring the 35 hectare park on the self-discovery trails. Walk among the free roaming animals in their natural environment, stop to feed the kangaroos and wallabies, be amazed at the lively wetland birds and be sure to visit Australia’s cutest inhabitants for the Koala ‘close up’ experience.

South Australia: 7-day Local Food & Wine Guided E-bike Tour

4. South Australia: 7-day Local Food & Wine Guided E-bike Tour

This all-inclusive experience is available to anyone with a sense of adventure who enjoys food, wine, and wildlife and loves being outdoors. E-bikes make cycling easy, and make seeing the South Australian state a breeze. Join for a 7-day, fully guided E-bike safari through South Australia. Ride the famous Riesling Trail in Clare Valley. Visit The Barossa Valley, Maggie Beer at Seppeltsfield Road. Explore the Langhorne Creek wine region along the Grapes for Good trail, enjoy the Adelaide Hills, and come face-to-face with Australian wildlife at Cleland Wildlife Park. Your E-bike tour will also take you to the plains of Monarto Safari Park for an exclusive cycling safari.Day 1Travel to Adelaide with accommodation at the ibis Adelaide hotel.Day 2Pickup from the ibis and head to the mid-North, where you will be guided through the Clare Valley Riesling Trail. Stop at your accommodation at the Clare Country Club. From here, your guide will take you to selected wineries including O'Leary Walker Wines for a wine tasting and lunch. Next, stop in at Mad Bastard Wines for another tasting. Conclude your 2nd day with dinner at the Watervale Hotel.Day 3Explore the Barossa Valley where you will hop on the E-bikes and ride the 20-km Barossa Rail Trail to Maggie Beers. Have lunch and a wine tasting at Seppeltsfield where the bus will meet you and drive to the city of Murray Bridge. Check into your accommodation for the night at the Bridgepoint Hotel, and enjoy a high tea complete with a glass of sparkling wine.Day 4Cycle Langhorne Creek wine region. Visit wineries on the Grapes for Good trail, a conservation initiative of Monarto Safari Park, and six wineries, where proceeds from wine purchases go back to animals in the wild.Enjoy a taste or two of the local drop at each stop, then end up at Lake Breeze Wines. where you will be treated to a tasty picnic and a bottle of sparkling Blanc de Blanc.Your 5 stops for the day will also include cheese, gin, beer, chocolate, and a historical tour to mix things up. Next, head back to Bridgeport Hotel for the night.Day 5Immerse yourself in nature as you cycle Monarto Safari Park before the gates open. Watch the giraffe roam while you enjoy a light breakfast, made from local native ingredients sourced from the on-site Ngeragi ya:yun (native food garden). See animals including rhinos, chimpanzees, and zebras.Get a prey's eye view when you take the walk of the brave at Lions 360, Australia’s only 360-degree lion encounter at Monarto Safari Park. Spend the night at a 4-star hotel, The Manna by Haus. Day 6Ride through the historic town, Hahndorf in The Adelaide Hills where you can enjoy famous Australian art from Hans Heysen and a beautiful cheese platter from Udder Delights. Finish your experience at Cleland Wildlife Park where you come face-to-face with Australian wildlife. Enjoy your last night at The ibis, in Adelaide.Day 7Tour concludes.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 13 reviews

The trip is recommended. Very nice guide who explained a lot. You have to be aware that you are driving into a very extensive zoo. You can see tame kangaroos there, they eat out of your hand. You get food. The view from Mount Lofty on Adelaide was breathtaking. We liked it.

Super cool ride, lots of animals .. hand feeding of kangaroos and birds. Coals on the route, all in all a great ride

great tour with guaranteed fun and adventure. also a great guide and a wonderful landscape!

Lovely park. Very helpful and informative guide (Mike)

Super nice park - lovely view - and a perfekt guide