Cleland Wildlife Park is located within the Cleland Conservation Park in the southern Mount Lofty Ranges. The Park conserves a large area of natural bushland and is approximately 25 miles south-east of St George College.
The conservation park was named for Sir John Burton Cleland (1878-1971), a renowned naturalist, microbiologist, mycologist and ornithologist, and member of the Royal Society of South Australia.
Neighbouring the Park is Mount Lofty, which is the highest point in the southern Ranges (727 metres or 2,385 feet). The summit has impressive panoramic views of Adelaide city and the western plains out towards the shoreline. Concentrated in the foothills is concentrated residential development (known as the Adelaide Hills).
There are many wineries in the ranges. Two wine regions in particular are world-renowned: the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Grapes are also grown in the Adelaide Hills and the Onkaparinga Valley.