Best tourist at­trac­tion

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - ESCAPE -

IN A SPEC­TAC­U­LAR hat-trick, Cle­land Wildlife Park has won the award for most out­stand­ing tourist at­trac­tion for the third con­sec­u­tive year.

Al­lan Holmes, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Depart­ment for En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage, says the win is a credit to the ded­i­cated staff and vol­un­teers who man­age the site.

“Cle­land Wildlife Park has be­come well known, both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, as an iconic na­ture-based tourism ex­pe­ri­ence,” he says.

Since open­ing in April 1967, the park has con­tin­u­ally en­hanced its bush­land and wildlife ex­hibits.

Tourists and lo­cals can in­ter­act with more than 130 species of South Aus­tralian wildlife at Cle­land, one of only two places in the state where vis­i­tors can han­dle a koala.

More than 110,000 peo­ple vis­ited the park last year, mak­ing it one of Ade­laide’s most pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions – and it is only 20 min­utes from the city.

Cle­land also re­cently won the SA Great Re­gional Tourism Award 2009, Ade­laide Hills re­gion, in the tourism at­trac­tion cat­e­gory.

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