If you are looking for a hands-on Australian wildlife experience then I advise you to go to Featherdale Wildlife Park in western Sydney. Pat a Koala, hand feed a kangaroo and meet all your favorite Australian animals in an outdoor bush setting. It’s amazing.
I arrived at the park soon as it opened so it was nice and quiet, with most of the animals all awake(woohoo)! Favorite part was the different walkthroughs; Pademelons, Kangaroos, and Koalas. the park is very interactive and allows you to feed the kangaroos, touch the Koala’s and learn about lots of different species through keeper talks.
In this blog post, I am taking you with me during my little trip to this park.
Featherdale Wildlife Park is on the outskirts of Sydney and it’s an easy stop for anyone en-route to explore the beautiful Blue Mountains. Featherdale has been protecting animals and the environment for over 40 years and some of their most adorable residents are the rescued babies who encountered difficult situations in the wild and would otherwise not have survived.
Just like everyone else, I bee-lined towards Australia’s for the cuddliest animal (Although by law you are not allowed to actually cuddle them in NSW – I dunno ask the government) Anywho – They were the first animal I wanted to see and touch. I arrived early in the morning because I had to work in the afternoon (as you do) so the koala’s where just waking up from a nap so they were delightfully dozy and not yet tuckered out by the day’s excitement. Their fur was shockingly soft. Pro tip (because I have petted 1 whole koala – don’t pet them on their face because they don’t like that. Just give them a back rub.
Next up were the young kangaroos and wallabies. They weren’t shy or sleepy at all! They confidently hopped over to us without any hesitation and were happy to accept ear “scritches” just like a dog would! Also giving them some fresh leaves is allowed and they happily spend some time with you chilling and eating.
I don’t remember why I have my hood up, I have been wondering this ever since I started writing this post. But I think it was either raining or cold. Just in case you are wondering why I look like a gangster, you feel me haha?
The park is also home to some adorable little penguins. They are just the cutest!
There were reptiles, birds, marsupials, and mammals in every corner and each day there is an extensive program of talks and activities to connect the animals with the visitors.
When you do drive out to visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, I recommend going early in the day so you can see the animals while they are active and before they take their afternoon naps. In general, it is also a bit quieter, although this park does not get as busy as Taronga zoo for example.
Bring along some coins, as you can make a small donation and receive an ice cream cone stuffed with tasty treats for the marsupials.
There is a small cafe on sight in case you have forgotten your lunch as well or get hungry from all the walking.
You can get to Featherdale by any most modes of transportation: Car, Bus or Train.
From Sydney city, you can take the North Shore and Western line to Blacktown Station. From there hop on the bus from stand E located right outside the train station. Take bus 729 for 10 minutes, which will drop you off right in front of the gate. (if you are unsure ask the bus driver, they are often nice enough to let you know when you have arrived)
For train and bus timetable information, please click here
HOURS OF OPERATION
Every day from 8AM till 5PM
** closed Christmas Day
|Child 3-15 years||$17.00|
|Student / Pensioner||$27.00|
|Family (2 adults/2 children)||$88.00|
|Family (2 adults/1 child)||$71.00|
|Family (1 adult/2 children)||$58.00|
|Breakfast with a Koala – Adult||$55.00|
|Breakfast with a Koala – Child||$45.00|
|Child 3-15 years||$35.00|
|Family (2 adults/2 children)||$165.00|
|Family (2 adults/1 child)||$135.00|
|Family (1 adult/2 children)||$115.00|
This little park is great for a half a day out. The park is not big enough to entertain you for an entire day. I do love it, and I think if you have young children then this is the place to go. Also, international tourists (Like I was when I visited this park) will LOVE the interaction with the Australian wildlife and give you the opportunity for great pictures.
For more information on the park click here.
PLANNING TO GO TO SYDNEY? THEN CHECK OUT SOME MORE TRAVEL TIPS HERE:
- Bondi to Coogee coastal walk
- Spit to Manly coastal walk
- Taronga Zoo
- Palm Beach and Barrenjoey lighthouse
- The royal botanic gardens
What is your favorite zoo?
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