Park of the month fun at Cleland Conservation Park

Date posted: 04 April 2018

See elusive nocturnal animals, join a ranger on a guided walk to Mount Lofty, try mountain biking or even trail running, or hike the Heysen Trail in Cleland Conservation Park this April.

The conservation park will be hosting a range of great activities throughout April as part of National Parks South Australia’s Park of the Month series.

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Ranger in Charge Jen Pitman said the park was one of Adelaide’s perennial favourites, being home to Waterfall Gully, Cleland Wildlife Park and Mount Lofty Summit.

“Cleland Conservation Park has a wonderful network of walking and cycling trails, letting you enjoy native wildlife, waterfalls, spectacular views of the hills and beyond, and unique cultural heritage,” she said.

“The walk from Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit is one of the most popular in the Adelaide Hills, with the trail attracting about 500,000 walkers a year.

“At the moment, the trail is only open on weekends, as we are doing works to repair damage from the 2016 storms, but there are alternative routes in place for weekdays.

“The conservation park is a great place for birdwatching, with species ranging from yellow-tailed black cockatoos and sacred kingfishers to superb fairy wrens and eastern spinebills.

“And of course Cleland Wildlife Park is one of Adelaide’s must-visit destinations, where you can get up close and personal with beautiful native animals like koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and Tasmanian devils.”

Park of the Month is designed to give people of all ages a taste of the activities on offer in South Australia’s parks and reserves.

Cleland has a mix of free and paying activities on offer throughout April, including:

Free: Crafers to Mt Lofty guided ranger walk

Saturday, 21 April and Sunday, 22 April

Cleland Wildlife Park night walks

Friday, 13 April and Friday, 27 April

Cleland Wildlife Park Feather, fur and scales self-guided trail

Saturday, 14 to Sunday, 29 April

Mount Lofty bike trip with Escape Goat

Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Free: Friends of the Heysen Trail hike

Sunday, 8 April

Free: Cleland Parkrun

Every Saturday

Bookings are necessary for all events. For more information, or to register, visit

More information on the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit trail detours