Featherdale Wildlife Park is an Australian zoo in Doonside, west of the Sydney CBD. It specialises in Australian native wildlife and birds, as well as reptiles and marsupials. Featherdale is located on seven acres of land owned by Charles and Marjorie Wigg, which they purchased in 1953, in what was then a poultry farm. It was opened in 1972, by their son in-law Bruce Kibbare, who had studied fauna. The park initially opened as a nursery, lined with Australian native trees and plants, in conjunction with a wildlife park. It was threatened with closure in 1975 by rezoning and development for public housing, but the decision was reversed by then premier Sir Robert Askin.
Meet koalas and hand-feed kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park, in Sydney’s west, An easy drive from the city centre, the wildlife park has more than 1,700 native animals. Visitors can get up close to a koala for free and hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies in Featherdale’s kangaroo walk-through enclosure. You’ll also meet Ngukurr, a saltwater crocodile. This species of crocodile is the world’s largest living reptile.
Open daily from 9am to 5pm, Featherdale has cassowary and quoll breeding precincts that allow visitors to see these endangered and beautiful animals up close. Some of the park’s other animals include wombats, echidnas, bilbies and owls. Guided tours are available. There’s a souvenir shop and at the Drovers Hut function centre enjoy lunch or morning and afternoon tea. You can also visit the park by public transport. Go by train from Town Hall Station to Blacktown Station and then by bus to the park on Kildare Road, Doonside.
Open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, every day of the year (Excluding Christmas Day).
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