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“Small, intimate and enjoyable”

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Featherdale Wildlife Park General Entry Ticket
Ranked #1 of 27 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.
Reviewed 27 August 2014

This small wildlife sanctuary exceeded our expectations. There was lots to see and every animal was easy to see and engage with as appropriate. We thought all the animals were well taken care of. Great collection of birds. The staff were very nice and approachable. We stayed longer than we originally intended and enjoyed every minute of it.

Thank Jeff M
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Kellie A, Manager at Featherdale Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2014

Dear Jeff M,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at Featherdale. Its great to see you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back to Featherdale again.

Kind regards,
Kellie

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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Visited this park hoping for a more "up-close" experience with Australian animals, but were immensely disappointed by conditions of the animals here. Bird aviaries (cages) and enclosures housed far too many birds for the size of aviary, which resulted in constant conflict between birds, which were stressed out and very aggressive to each other and towards visitors.

Wallabies and Kangaroos wandering around were an amazing sight to see, but seemed to be poorly-supervised by employees. There appeared to be only one employee monitoring the free-range animals over the entire park, and she appeared to be overwhelmed trying to prevent the many small children in the park from mistreating, chasing and scaring the animals. Most enclosures (especially for the Koalas) appeared to be too small for the animal, and offered minimal stimulation or simulation of a natural environment, with only clippings of yellowing eucalyptus available to the Koalas, who appeared to by stressed out by the constant bombardment of noise and camera flashes from visitors less than 3 feet away.

If you want to pet a Koala, come here, but know that you'll go away feeling dirty and uncomfortable with what you've seen.

Save the travel time and head over to the Taronga Zoo, a world-class facility that has appropriate environments for its animals.

8  Thank Matthew S
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Kellie A, Manager at Featherdale Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2014

We were sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit to Featherdale. First and foremost, please keep in mind that every one of our staff works at Featherdale Wildlife Park because they love animals and wish to see them well cared for and looked after.

In the order of the comments you have made below I have listed some feedback for you.

1. All exhibits at Featherdale (and every facility in NSW) meet strict guidelines set by the Department of Primary Industries in regards to construction, size and even exhibit furniture. The Bird Aviaries do house a range of species, however, each aviary contains a mini “habitat” with species that have proven capable of living together harmoniously. Australian Parrots are racous and loud and can give the impression of being in conflict when in fact they are just playing with each other. I believe the term Larrikin is often given to their behaviour.

2. Wallabies and kangaroos are contained in enclosures in all areas and there are two “walk-in” enclosures that people are allowed to enter to interact with our kangaroos. We do have staff supervising these areas to ensure the animals are not treated badly. We ban school groups from any “walk-in” areas unless they enter in small groups of up to 10 with a teacher or parent helper. With these measures and our staff supervision, I was surprised to read you witnessed any mistreatment of our animals. I will be passing your comments onto our staff to ensure they are using all possible means to ensure the welfare of the animals.

3. Our koala enclosures meet strict animal welfare guidelines. I’m sure you would have heard that koalas are very inactive animals that sleep up to 20 hours every day. We do provide adequate perches for our Koalas and of course we would love to triple the size of all of our exhibits, however, our koalas are happy and healthy in the exhibits we provide. We have two full time staff that procure fresh leaves for our koalas every day. Koalas eat the fresh “tip” leaves off eucalyptus branches, and often these appear to be of a different colour to the main larger leaves on the branch. Koalas are one of the most fussy animals on the planet and therefore we need to be extremely careful to present them with fresh tips every day.

I hope the above has gone a little way to explain to you how much we do care for our animals. Should you wish to speak with one of our Curatorial team, please contact our office on +612 9622 1644 or via info@featherdale.com.au

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Reviewed 25 August 2014

when you are in sydney australia, you have to visit this wildlife park , you will learn a lot about kangaroos from small to big. they have a lot also different species of animals like wobcats,koalas, birds big and small with wonderful colors and manu others.

1  Thank limcontravel
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Kellie A, Manager at Featherdale Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Dear limcontravel,

Thank you for visiting Featherdale Wildlife Park and for sharing your experience. We house one of Australia's largest collections of Australian native animals and aim to make our experience as interactive and memorable for visitors as possible. Its great to see that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back to Featherdale again.

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Kellie

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Reviewed 23 August 2014

We visitied this park as part of a bus day-tour. Featherdale is a great spot to see Australian fur and feathered animals, where you can get up close and even pat some of them. The Park is clean, and the cages are open and spacious.
Unfortunately, because the cages are open and spacious, they contain very little of the animal's natural habitat (obviously so that tourists can view the animals easily). Personally, this made me feel really sad for the animals housed in this park as I wondered whether they lived like this day and night. We saw one very distressed Tasmanian Devil running round and around in circles, very agitated. It was cruel to see this animal like this.
As much as I love seeing animals, I left the park feeling like I contributed to the animals' life-time confinement, for the sake of the tourist dollar!

2  Thank Grace N
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Kellie A, Manager at Featherdale Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Dear Grace N,

Thank you for visiting Featherdale Wildlife Park and for taking the time to share your experience. We are very passionate about the animals in our care and the Park is home to over 280 different species including over 30 species of rare and endangered Australian animals.

Every zoo and wildlife park in NSW must conform to strict animal welfare guidelines which includes enclosure design and exhibit furnishings. The animal's natural environment must be reflected as closely as possible in all enclosures. With regards to animals such as our Tasmanian Devils, I would like to reassure you that our keepers provide enrichment programs for our captive animals including the Devils in order to provide intellectual and physical stimulation throughout the day. Should you have any further questions at all, our curatorial team would be more than happy to assist you and can be contacted at info@featherdale.com.au or +612 9622 1644.

Once again, thank you for sharing your experience.

Kind regards,
Kellie

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Featherdale Wildlife Park is conveniently reached via the City Rail train to Doonside. You may walk up from the station ~20-25 min. walk. You may get a 20% admission discount offer available in the Sydney Visitor Guide.

It is a great park to get photos of the koalas and even alongside them all daylong. There is no charge for the photo opportunity. Koalas can viewed within their separate koala enclosures/stalls. Each koala has a name and their nameplate is on their individual stall. There were 7 of them on the day we visited.
Excellent animal talks on the echnida, Tasmanian devil, little penguin talk/feeding, and a diamond back python snake available for holding and photo. Make sure you check the schedules for these shows and demos. In addition, during their winter months, there is a 12 noon Baby Animal Encounters and "Bumble" the 2 yr. old wombat was out for photos with everyone.

The two types of wombats (common and Southern Hairy) are seen here. This is rare in most wildlife parks. Also, you may feed the kangaroos with grass in an ice cream cone. Each cone is only a $1.00 which can be purchased before entering kangaroo enclosure. This gives you a great chance to interact with the kangaroos. They are very domesticated and very gentle. They love being fed by people. Great experience for tourists! Lots of different types of Australian wildlife here to include the Australian pelican, Bearded dragon, albino wallaby, swamp and tamer wallabies (slightly smaller) as well as the gray and red kangaroos.
The park is big enough to spend nearly a whole day as the majority of the marsupials sleep and wake up different times of the day. For lunch, you may go to the Café at the Park- there they have sandwiches and wraps available. In addition, they give you a passport card upon admission where you may stamp the passport with the animal stamp when you arrive at their enclosure. If you want to stamp your passport and do not finish it before departing, you may stop right outside the gift shop as all the 8 stamps are available here. Unfortunately with wear and tear, most of the stamps are pretty worn out and can use a new set at this point.
The gift shop is great with many choices of the stuffed marsupials/wildlife that are authentically made in Australia. This was one of the better gift shops that we encountered for wildlife items. Don't hesitate to purchase as you may not encounter some of the items later on.
Definitely recommend a visit of at least 3-4 hours and preferably on your own as tours only allow about an hour's time. I have done it through a tour and I barely made it 1/2 way into the park before I had to return back to the van. Regardless how small the park is, Featherdale Wildlife Park rates as a top #1 sight for us to see Australian wildlife up close and personal. The staff were also very nice and helpful in answering all our questions in regards to the wildlife. We sure learned a lot about many of the Australian marsupials and other wildlife in one day. Must go! The price of admission is definitely worth it!

Thank karenpammy2016
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Kellie A, Manager at Featherdale Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Dear ChillyWilly2,

Thank you for visiting Featherdale Wildlife Park and for sharing such an indepth, informative review. Its great to see that you enjoyed meeting our Aussie animals up close and we hope to welcome you back to Featherdale again.

Kind regards,
Kellie

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