Cuddle koalas and hand-feed kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park, in Sydney’s west, a mid-way stop for day tours on the way to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. An easy drive from the city centre, the wildlife park has more than 1,700 native animals.
Visitors can cuddle up 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.