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Featherdale <==> Koala Park Sanctuary

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Featherdale <==> Koala Park Sanctuary

How does both parks compare?

Where you can get more in "touch" with the koalas?

Is there any day and time to visit those parks with a chance of being not so busy/crowded?




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1. Re: Featherdale <==> Koala Park Sanctuary

Featherdale would be my choice, however it is really a personal preference.

To compare them both yourself here are their websites.

Featherdale - http://www.featherdale.com.au/index.htm

Koala Park Sanctuary - http://www.koalaparksanctuary.com.au/

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2. Re: Featherdale <==> Koala Park Sanctuary

Both parks would rate about the same... the Koala Sanctuary is in a nicer part of Sydney, but I seem to remember that its range of animals was slightly smaller than at Featherdale. Featherdale is also a bit easier to get to by public transport: take a Blue Mountains train from the Intercity platforms at Sydney Terminal, get off at Blacktown forty-five minutes later, and catch a taxi right outside the station (south entance) for the last couple of kilometres. There's a bus, but it may not run as frequently as you would like, and Blacktown is not much of a place to hang around in. Doing it this way, you could be in Featherdale an hour after setting out from your hotel, and the intercity trains are quite pleasant, as well as fast (the all-stations variety are a bit of a nightmare).

Weekdays are less-crowded than weekends... but, of course, on weekdays you are seeing mainly other tourists, as the parks are full of tour-bus parties. Weekends are more often locals out for a picnic.

The main rule would seem to be: go VERY early. Try to leave your hotel before 8 and reach the parks -- whichever you choose -- at around opening time. The animals are fresher, the sunshine not too bright (wear a hat, in any case), and the tour-bus groups are still back in Sydney looking for the slow member who always keeps the group waiting. If you get there and the place is near-empty, you may, indeed, be able to interact with a koala (but don't count on this... it's frowned-upon by animal-protection groups nowadays). Things seem very tightly controlled at the Koala Park, but it wasn't all that long ago that I struck Featherdale on such a quiet day that the keeper allowed my daughter to quietly cuddle a koala. The next time we went there it was packed with bus groups, and everyone was kept well back; tourists -- especially in large busloads -- are inclined to be excitable and noisy, and it does spook these normally-placid animals.

If you choose Featherdale and do it the best way -- early -- you could be through the park by around 10:30 or 11:00, and that wouldn't be too late to return to Blacktown Station and catch another Blue Mountains train west, for a look at Katoomba (another hour-and-a-quarter). That might be another reason to choose Featherdale over the koala park.

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3. Re: Featherdale <==> Koala Park Sanctuary

thanks Alan,

we'll be there very early.


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