Get out of the city and take a day trip up through the Adelaide Hills to Cudlee Creek and the Gorge Wildlife Park. It's only about a 50 minute drive from the Adelaide CBD and beautifully refreshing driving up through the windy roads, tall trees, reservoirs and small quaint towns.
Once you get to Cudlee Creek stop in at the Cudlee Creek Restaurant and Tavern, which is also the Caravan Park. If you plan the trip ahead of time consider booking a cabin for the night, but if you do book well in advance as they can often be booked out for quite some time ahead.
The campground is set on 20 acres right along side the River Torrens. There's powered and unpowered camp sites with amenities block and coin operated laundry.
There's a children's playground and small oval for the kids or just wonder down to the river for a nice walk, spot the wildlife or catch some tadpoles. Pets are allowed in your van or campsite however must remain on a lead at all times, so this truly can be a whole family getaway.
The Tavern is open all day from 8.30am till 8.00pm 7 days a week with daily specials and also offers Friday and Saturday night all you can eat buffet vegetable and salad bar.
Once you are settled in and had a lovely lunch at the Tavern walk up to the Gorge Wildlife Park. You will be amazed at the range of animals and wildlife that they have in this park. Minus the African Lions and Elephants this park is on par with the zoo.
See all your favourite Australian animals such as:
Feed the Kangaroos and Wallabies
Cuddle one of the Koalas
Exotic animals such as:
A vast range of birds, some in enclosures but many free flying
Reptile House with Snakes, Lizards, Frogs and more
You can also hold a Koala and get your photo taken daily at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
On the last Sunday of each month between 12.30pm – 3.00pm a group of keepers bring out a variety of animals, birds and reptiles giving visitors a chance to feel a snake, see the dingo’s being walked, touch a bird and cuddle a guinea pig or rabbit.
Another place you simply must stop at while you are there is the Cudlee Creek Cafe. They use the best selection of fresh locally sourced produce and most of this produce is organically grown and is also available to the public.
In the colder months feel the cosy warmth of the wood fire with homemade soup and locally made turkish bread. Homemade cakes, biscuits and local produce including wines and olive oil are also on sale along with the café being fully licensed stocking a variety of wines and beers including the Lobethal Bierhaus range of Pale Ale, Stout, English Dark Ale and German Wheat Beer.
When it's warmer you can sit back, breathe in the fresh air and look over the gorge. The kids can run around in the gorgeous garden and you'll find great summer salad sourced from the freshest local produce.