Featherdale Wildlife Park is one of Australia’s best privately owned wildlife parks, located in the Doonside area of New South Wales. Known as Sydney’s hands on wildlife experience, it is home to around 2000 animals, and is a unique attraction offering a day out getting to know Australia’s local wildlife.
- Animal Encounters – One of the most unique aspects of the Featherdale Wildlife Park is that it encourages visitors to get hands on with the animals and really experience a close up encounter with Australia’s native fauna. There are opportunities for visitors to participate in feeding, and to hear keepers talk about the animals throughout the day. See the timetable below:
|All Day||Koala Sanctuary|
|9am – 10am||Rapt in Reptiles|
|10am & 2:30pm||Echidna|
|10:30am & 3:45pm||Penguins|
|11:15am & 1:45pm||Farmyard Animal Encounters and Feeding|
|12:00pm||Baby Animal or Rapt in Reptile encounter (Koala Sanctuary)|
|1:00pm||Devil Enrichment Feed and Talk|
- Children’s Birthday Parties – Children can have their birthday party celebrations within the Featherdale Wildlife Park. These parties include entry (including discount entry for accompanying parents, and free entry for birthday child’s parents), food, a party host, invitations, an animal encounter, and even a gift for the birthday child. Featherdale Wildlife Park can also host corporate and Christmas parties.
- Bird Lovers – Anyone who loves birds will be more then satisfied with the incredible group of bird species that call the Featherdale Wildlife Park their home. Visitors to the park can see everything from cassowaries to kingfishers, penguins to parrots and just about everything native to Australia.
|Child (3-15 years)||$16|
|Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)||$82|
|Joey Package (includes chips, sandwiches and juice box for up to 10 children)||$310||$29 per additional child, $19 per infant|
|Dingo Package (includes hot meal, juice box or soft drink, ice creams and a small gift for 10 children)||$340||$32 per additional child, $22 per infant|
|Kanga Package (include food platters, fruit platters, ice cream and choice of drinks for 10 children)||$370||$35 per additional child, $25 per infant|
- Picnic Time – Featherdale Wildlife Park provides ample picnic space and even a BBQ area for visitors to come and enjoy the natural surrounds of the park while they enjoy some delicious home-brought food. The picnic areas are shaded, and easily accessible.
- Safety – Although Featherdale Wildlife Park is in some ways a free-range park, the only animals that are allowed an unhindered access to visitors are the non-threatening Australian animals. There are of course a number of more dangerous animals on site, like a saltwater crocodile and Tasmanian devil, but these are within enclosures, and closely monitored.
- Train & Bus: From Sydney CBD travel via North Shore and Western line to Blacktown Station. Catch the 725 bus at bus stand 9 outside the station.
- Car: You can drive to Featherdale via the M2, M4 or M7, see here for detailed directions.
The Featherdale Wildlife Park has a very interesting history, although it is a relative newcomer to the zoo attraction scene in Sydney. The land that Featherdale sits on was purchased by Charles and Marjorie Wigg in 1953, but it didn’t become Featherdale until their son-in-law Bruce Kubbere came into the picture. He had studied Australian fauna throughout his life, and encouraged them to use the land as a wildlife park, which opened to the public in 1972.
In 1975 their dream was nearly ruined when the land was selected to be a part of a housing commission development that would have forced the park to close. Luckily, thousands of community members came forward and petitioned to save Featherdale, a recognised centre of learning for children in the area, and the government changed their mind.
- The land that Featherdale Wildlife Park sits on was once a poultry farm.
- Featherdale is one of the largest privately owned collections of Australian animals in the country.