Featherdale Wildlife Park Doonside
Where is it at?
Featherdale Wildlife Park
217 - 229 Kildare Road
Tel: 02 9622 1644
Where are we going today?
There are only a few times that children will really have some special wildlife encounters, but if you visit Featherdale Wildlife Park that will certainly be ticking that box!
Featherdale Wildlife Park has an amazing and diverse 300 strong collection of Australia's most recognisable species. Some you may just recognise the name, and some you might have been lucky to have seen in the wild yourself!
Have you ever seen a cheeky Kookaburra laugh as it sits in the trees? Have you ever seen a scaly crocodile open it's mouth and show you all his teeth? Have you ever seen a koala sitting in the tree cuddling it's young, or a sweet little quoll scampering in the bushes?
Featherdale Wildlife Park has a host of animals that you can get right up close to, and it's a great learning experience for the whole family as you can discover all these amazing creatures habits and habitats.
Now for the big questions - have you ever PETTED a kangaroo or koala? Now is your chance! Featherdale has some amazing animal petting encounters, and some animals you can actually hand feed yourself. Pretty amazing!
Conservation is a big part of what Featherdale Wildlife Park stands for, so there are a number of presentations which are regularly offered that will really give you an amazing fun and educational experience.
Kids - If you want a really special experience with all of your friends, why not hold your birthday party at the park. You won't be sharing your party with just your school friends - you will have new animal friends to celebrate with you!
You won't want to forget your camera, because there are some really curious animals waiting to make friends with you!
How much does it cost?
- Children$16 (Aged 3 to 15)
- Free Under: 3 years
When can we go?
9am - 5pm daily
All year round, but closed Christmas Day
It's a great place for kids to visit! There are education lessons for 45 minutes, and then they get to explore and continue learning all about the animals .
There is a cafe so you can grab lunch or snacks there .
There are shady picnic areas with BBQs if you want to bring your own healthy lunch and enjoy it out in nature!.
Any Top Tips?
When you arrive, see what events are happening across the day so you can time your day around what you want to see! .
Need a little extra help?
The park is level throughout, and disabled facilities also provided..
There are baby changing facilities available for you!.
Can I get one of those?
There is a souvenir shop so get that pocket money out because there are some fun gifts and items you can pick up - animal related of course!.
What people are saying?
by Kerri Anton
Great place to visit - a must-see for visitors to Sydney. Though it is a bit of a drive it is worth it. Different to Taronga Zoo in that you can interact with many of the animals. The daily "lectures" are very informative and fun - even got to pet the underside of an echidna! The park is fairly clean and the staff is friendly. You don't get the feeling that the animals are caged up - feels more free and open than many other places. Because it is a bit off the beaten track there aren't many tourists which means you get a much better experience.
by Daniel Quinn
Beautiful and amazing. The caretakers are really wonderful and take care to teach you about the animals. I got to pet an echidna!
by Paul Snedden
Great place for tourists to get up close and personal with some Aussie flora and fauna. The koala sanctuary is a favourite, get your photo taken whilst hugging one of the furry little guys.
by Rob Mulally
A great park! not too big but has a lot of animals and great access to pet some of them too! Advice is to be early as things can get busy on weekends.
Petting little kangaroo's and koala's get immediate 4 stars!
give yourself a little bit of time when going and read the website before as some anmials have different feeding times so this can impact how lively they are.!
All in all great parking (across road) easy to find and didn't disappoint.
by Hailey Nguyen
Before visiting Featherdale as recommended by a friend, I had been to a couple of zoos and farms in Australia and yet found the experience at Featherdale uniquely enjoyable. Known as a petting zoo, Featherdale provides visitors the flexibility and freedom to roam around and feed and touch animals as we wish, except for caged animals and the koalas as they may scratch you if the petting is not done right. Upon arrival, we were lucky enough to be offered the chance to hold a baby quokka and that was just the beginning of an intimate experience with...Read More
by Hailey Nguyen
Before visiting Featherdale as recommended by a friend, I had been to a couple of zoos and farms in Australia and yet found the experience at Featherdale uniquely enjoyable. Known as a petting zoo, Featherdale provides visitors the flexibility and freedom to roam around and feed and touch animals as we wish, except for caged animals and the koalas as they may scratch you if the petting is not done right. Upon arrival, we were lucky enough to be offered the chance to hold a baby quokka and that was just the beginning of an intimate experience with Australia native animals as well as farm animals. You can also keep track of feeding time and learn a thing or two about the particular animals from the friendly and knowledgeable zoo keepers. Visitors are also given a "passport" where you can collect stamps from different areas. Given that the zoo is just a lovely ride away from the city (avoid Fridays and peak hours), I would consider bringing my overseas friends here for a memorable Ausie experience.