Featherdale Wildlife Park, western Sydney

At Featherdale Wildlife Park, you can enjoy Australia’s unique wildlife in a natural bush setting just 45 minutes from the centre of Sydney. This is a great place to hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and emu, or get a photo with a cuddly koala. Featherdale also has a cafĂ©, shop and shady picnic areas with BBQs, making it an ideal place for a family outing. The park is very convenient for wheelchairs and prams

Featherdale has a lot of the well known Australian animals including kangaroos, koalas, wombats, wallabies, dingoes, emus and Tasmanian devils and a large saltwater crocodile. The Koala Sanctuary has one of the largest private colonies of koalas in New South Wales, and you can have your photo taken with a Koala for free. You might find the koalas a bit sleepy during the heat of the day, but if you visit at feeding them or late in the afternoon, you will see them awake and moving about.

You can walk amongst the kangaroos and wallabies in their open enclosure, and for a small charge you can buy food to feed them.

One of the special attractions of Featherdale is the bird aviaries with one of the largest collections of native birds in the country. There are over 230 species of birds in landscaped aviaries. You will get the chance to see birds such as Fairy Penguins, Jabirus and Bustards. There are lots of wild birds that visit the park too.

The Animal Nursery is a popular with young children who love to pat and feed the lambs, pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats and rabbits.

During the day there are various Wildlife Keeper Presentations and animal feeding sessions. The timetable includes Reptile Show, Crocodile feeding, Echidna talk, Penguins at play, Flying fox feeding, Dingo feeding, Tasmanian devil feeding and more. Check the feeding times when you arrive, so you can catch up with some of these sessions. Some of the animals are hard to see, as they sleep a lot during the day in their den or in a hollow log, and feeding time gives you the best opportunity to see them in action.

Featherdale is a great educational resource, with many schools and colleges using lessons provided by the Featherdale education department. A recent addition at Featherdale is an amphitheatre which seats up to 90 students where they learn about Australian native animals.

Featherdale is located at 217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside near Blacktown, about 50km west of Sydney centre.

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