Featherdale Wildlife Park is located on 217, Kildare Rd, Doonside NSW 2767, Australia. It is open every day of the week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The park is on 7 acres of land which used to be a poultry farm and was opened in 1972. It managed to win the award for the best Major Tourist Attraction in 2005 & 2009. It may have been closed in 1975 because of rezoning & public housing development but the decision got reversed by the premier at the time Sir Robert Askin. There have been quite a few celebrities who have visited this park including Smokey Robinson, Dave Grohl, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Gwen Stefani and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Ticket prices for adults are $29.50 and for children are $16.00. Students and pensioners get a concession and only have to pay $23.00. Seniors need to pay $20.50. A family of four can buy tickets for $83.00 while a family of 3 can get in for $69.00. A single parent going in with two children will have to pay $56.00.
One of the best things you have to do when here is to feed either an emu, a wallaby or a kangaroo. You can even choose to go in for a face-to-face with a koala. They house one of the largest collections of native animals & birds from Australia.
Some of the facilities to look forward to here include a cafe, a souvenir shop and a few shady picnic areas which have BBQ’s as well.
Smoking isn’t allowed inside the park grounds. There is a designated smoking location for guest’s convenience right near the exit of the car park. Visitors will have to retain their tickets in order to enter the park once again.
Some of the animals which you can feed at this wildlife park include flying foxes, dingos, Tasmanian devils, echidnas, penguins, crocodiles, koalas and kangaroos. Be sure to check out the timings for each animal as you wouldn’t want to miss out on this remarkable experience.
While some may complain the park isn’t big enough others feel that is just the right size to spend a day with nature. Any bigger and you will be forced to miss out on a few exhibits and having to choose between exhibits is never fun.
The park is extremely clean and has vast open spaces for the animals to move around in. But after visiting the park on multiple occasions the best part has got to be the chance to get up close and personal with the wildlife. It’s an exhilarating experience in itself and one which you should try at least once in your lifetime.
So the next time you’re in Sydney and have a day to kill, I recommend visiting the Featherdale Wildlife Park. It will certainly blow your socks off.