Last week whilst in Sydney, I finally had the opportunity to visit Featherdale Wildlife Park. It is somewhere where I’ve wanted to go to for several years now and never have had the time before now. Even though I have visited Taronga Zoo before which is much closer to the city centre, I wanted to be able to see some koalas up close as well as feed the kangaroos!
Featherdale Wildlife Park is located roughly 25 miles west of Sydney however if you do not have a car, it is incredibly easy to get to using public transport. Firstly you will need to take the train to Blacktown Station using the Western Line or the Blue Mountains Line – there are train timetables available online. The off-peak train fares are A$7.00 return from Sydney Central and A$9.20 return from Wynyard and Circular Quay.
After arriving at Blacktown Station, follow the signs for Buses and head to Bus Stop 9.
Bus 725 runs from Blacktown Station and the journey itself takes about 5-10 minutes. You will need to buy a MyBus1 fare which is A$2.30 each way however you can buy your ticket on boarding the bus.
The bus drops off on the opposite side of the road to Featherdale Wildlife Park and it seemed like most people on the bus got off here as well. The bus stop to go back to Blacktown is right outside the gate when you leave – the park isn’t huge but I think we spent about two hours here.
One tip I can give everyone is when landing at Sydney Aiport, pick up one of the city guides that are available in the baggage reclaim area – at the back of the booklet is a 20% off coupon for entrance to the park. If there are a group of you and you all want to pay separately, then you will need a coupon each.
Finally here’s a selection of my photos of the koala bears and kangaroos that I went to see. The park was very quiet the day I visited so there was no line to have your photo taken next to a koala. There is no extra charge for this but you cannot hold them though due to the laws in New South Wales. I believe you can still hold them in some parks in Queensland though.
The kangaroos and wallabies roam free in their enclosures so you can get up close to them and pet them. There are also a few emus strutting around the place too!
Before entering the kangaroo enclosure, you are able to buy a cone of kangaroo food for A$1 – they definitely seemed to enjoy the food!
Overall I enjoyed Featherdale Wildlife Park far more than Taronga Zoo. The ability to get much closer to the animals as well as fewer crowds is definitely a winning combination. There are many more animals to see at the park too but if you are deathly scared of snakes as I am, do not visit between 9am and 10am as they have a reptile presentation which I am very thankful to Featherdale for letting me know when I contacted them before my visit!