Ever on the lookout for places with amazing atmosphere, great food and scenic views.
Published January 27th 2012
Tucked away in suburbia, approximately 45 minutes drive west of Sydney you'll find Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to many native species of Australian animals.
Parking is free and conveniently located on site. For $25 a ticket, adults can gain entry to the park with discounted rates for children, students and family groups.
Arriving early allows you to take full advantage of the various feeding times and presentations throughout the day. There's nothing quite like watching a Tasmanian Devil crunch its way through a raw chicken carcass.
Featherdale boasts an impressive array of birds from colourful parrots to black cockatoos and kookaburras. A personal favourite are the tawny frogmouths which can be seen perched on tree stumps around the park.
For a gold coin donation, visitors can help themselves to a cabinet stocked with grass-filled ice cream cones. These can be taken into enclosures where free roaming wallabies, kangaroos and emus wait to be fed. Highly amusing for kids and tourists alike.
Another novel thing visitors can do at Featherdale is spend some time in the farmyard pen. The goats love a good scratch on the back and a nibble on a fresh carrot stick. Being connoisseurs, these goats have a tendency to turn their nose up at any carrots that have fallen on the ground so be sure to hold tight to the goods.
Of course, no trip to Featherdale would be complete without a pit stop at the kiosk and a leisurely stroll through the gift shop before heading back to the car.
Open 9am to 5pm 7 days a week, Featherdale Wildlife Park is a day trip that all the family will enjoy. Well worth the drive.