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“Enjoyed feeding the wallabies at Featherdale”

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney Including Featherdale Wildlife...
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Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney Including Scenic World
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Blacktown
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Featherdale Wildlife Park is Sydney's ultimate hands-on wildlife experience! We're located just 45 minutes drive from Sydney and en-route to the world famous Blue Mountains. With over 1,700 mammals, birds and reptiles, our comprehensive collection of Australian species awaits your visit. You can meet a Koala, feed the Kangaroos and Wallabies, admire the size of our enormous Saltwater Crocodile "Ngukkur" and loads more! There's a Kitchen and Cafe on site with an abundance of great food and beverage choices for the whole family, and a HUGE retail store for you to find the ultimate keepsake from your trip to Featherdale! We also offer FREE WIFI to visitors throughout the main facilities in the park. There is FREE onsite vehicle parking and we're easily accessible by public transportation. Simply catch a train to Blacktown and board Bus #729 to Featherdale.
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“Enjoyed feeding the wallabies at Featherdale”
Reviewed February 6, 2010

This is a great experience for both kids and adults. My family LOVED Featherdale! It's not a zoo. I was expecting a larger park from the brochures I read. It packs alot of punch into a small park. We really did enjoy this attraction. Getting there on our own from Sydney was easy. We took the train to Blacktown and then caught a taxi to Featherdale. We got there late (an hour and a half before closing) and had the place to ourselves. The park is clean, and the park staff are friendly. We took tons of pictures with the koalas and fed the wallabies. There are lots of other Australian animals in the park to see, but our favorite part was feeding those adorable wallabies. We returned to the Blacktown train station on the local bus. There's a convenient stop right in front of Featherdale Park.

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“Disappointing, crowded, smelly, cramped enclosures for the animals and overpriced”
Reviewed December 26, 2009

If you have more than a day in Sydney/Australia then wait and go somewhere else - almost anywhere else. Featherdale is worn out, cramped and mostly consists of birds stuffed into small aviaries.

The first thing that assaults you as you arrive is the stench from the toilets, which while clean, still reek of human urine. Then it is a wander round someones rather overcrowded back garden navigating a maze of small aviaries.

The signs are worn out and faded in places with the occasional spelling error. The emergency exit locked top and bottom with padlocks (but I can't imagine a situation where you would need to use it)

There are wash points scattered around for after you touch the animals, but they are totally the wrong height for Children as are several of the 'walls' around enclosures. With all the dung you have to walk through, the last thing you want is a three year old's shoes on your shirt or trousers as you lift them up to get a better look!

Overall it does an excellent job of cramming as many birds (mostly) and animals into as small a space as possible while separating a tourist from their $.

The exit is through a shop several times the size of the aligator enclosure and won the award for best retail 2001, 2 & 3 (from memory) perhaps giving an indication or the owners priorities.

On the plus side, you can get physically close to some Australian animals, but more than an hour there would be too much.

You would be well advised to take your own food as well, what limited choice there was far from appetising.

If you only have a limited time in Sydney then go to Taronga Zoo (a ferry ride from the city) or the Reptile Park (about an hour's drive) both give far better value for money,

Visited 27th December 2009 as a family.

In summary - avoid

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“Excellent, well-operated park with diverse collection, well worth the drive”
Reviewed December 2, 2009

Frommer's recommends Featherdale as the best place in Sydney to see wildlife unique to Australia. At first I was skeptical about whether it would be worth the trouble to drive all the way out to Blacktown, but after visiting Featherdale, I think Frommer's is right.

Featherdale has many koalas, meaning that at any given time, at least a few will be awake and moving around, which makes them much more fun to watch. Featherdale also has a huge number of wallabies and kangaroos, plus several dingoes, little penguins, wombats, wallaroos, pademelons, and even a couple of bilbies. And they have a large collection of native birds, snakes, reptiles, lizards, etc. I had a wonderful time and I'm glad I went here rather than Taronga Zoo or Sydney Wildlife World.

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“Great!”
Reviewed November 15, 2009

Featherdale Wildlife Park is a must-see! We went as part of a day-trip to the Blue Mountains and did not have enough time at this park. We also visited Wildlife World at Darling Harbor in Sydney, and much preferred Featherdale. You can use your own camera to take photos of your party petting koalas for free (Wildlife Park and Taronga Zoo both charge $20 to pet koalas), and hand-feed kangaroos (you can buy food to feed them there for $1). The park has all of the Australian animals that tourists want to see -- dingos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, emus, and cassowaries. Several animals are running free in the park. I would definitely recommend Featherdale for all ages!

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“A Cage-Less Zoo, the Best”
Reviewed October 19, 2009

If do not like to see sad animals in a cage then this is the place for you. Wallaby's, ostriches, and birds all walking right next with you. The price of admission includes petting kangaroos, koalas, and any other animal. The staff were friendly and helpful. They had all the great Australian animals. Most defiantly worth the train ride. P.S. If you get a day tripper pass you get a discount!

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