Featherdale Wildlife Park – a Sydney zoo worth a visit
I recently made a trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney’s West with my friend and his son. As much as I like Taronga Zoo it can be an epic voyage for a lot of Sydneysiders and I can’t tell you how stressful it can be to try and find a spot to park in the school holidays in Mosman. Featherdale Wildlife Park is in Sydney’s Western Suburbs in Doonside, which is very close to Blacktown and accessible by the M4, Great Western Highway, or M7.
Featherdale is also great if you don’t quite have the energy for an entire day trip to Taronga with it’s steep hills. We spent approximately 3 hours there, which was plenty of time for 2 adults with a 3 year old. It’s very easy to get around so it’s stroller, walker, and wheelchair friendly.
You can see lots of Australian animals including lots of birds, reptiles (including some pretty deadly snakes), dingos (there are new dingo puppies), emus, echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos (look out for the rare albino), a farmyard petting zoo, and of course … lots of koalas. My friend’s son had an absolute ball feeding the wallabies and kangaroos. Just watch the little ones with the kangaroos as they are quite strong and could accidentally knock them over quite easily.
My top 10 reasons why I like Featherdale Wildlife Park:
1. Koalas – LOTS of them, and can get right up close to them
2. Kookaburras (I love these birds – kook-kook-kook-kook-kaaa-kaaa-kaaaaaah)
3. Feed the kangaroos and wallabies (buy an ice cream cone full of feed for $1)
4. Wombats (there’s just something adorable about these hefty animals)
5. Reptile enclosure (I like my snakes behind glass thanks!)
6. Cassowaries (these freaky looking birds are so intriguing and colourful – http://bit.ly/jUqy4s)
7. Find plenty of parking – which is free (if there is no room in carpark plenty of street parking)
8. Much smaller so not so tiring (good for kids … and nanna’s like me)
9. No huge queues (again, a great plus for cranky nannas like me)
10. In Western Sydney – in Doonside, not far from Blacktown – so a lot easier to get to than Taronga Zoo if you are not near the city.
• Bring your own lunch – typical greasy options
• Arrive early (before coaches)
• Check out animal feeding times
• Get an Entertainment Book for a 2 for 1 discount voucher – http://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/ (can buy them from some charities, community or sports organisations or from Cancer Council NSW shops – http://bit.ly/j00hRx)
• Warning – there is the obligatory gift shop at the end which you must pass through before you exit. Hide your wallet from the kids if you’re on a budget or you’ll be guilt tripped into buying all manner of cute and cuddly plush toys and rubber snakes.
For more pics go to my Facebook page – http://on.fb.me/lqJuDL
What? – http://www.featherdale.com.au/
Where? – 217-229 Kildare Rd, Doonside, NSW, 2767
It’s next to a number of main arterial roads and motorways so it’s very easy to get to by car. I’ve not tried public transport but nearest station is Blacktown Station. Go to http://www.cityrail.com.au to find your train and bus connections.
When? – Open 9am – 5pm daily (7 days a week)
How much? - Adults $25, Kids (3-15) $14, Family (2 adults, 2 kids) $70. Or search your Entertainment Book for a 2 for 1 admission voucher.
Sydneysiders – Any other zoo tips for visitors to Sydney?