To many travellers, Australia evokes ideas of sun, sea, BBQs and of course, kangaroos.
If jumping around with kangaroos and wallabies sounds right up your street, why not spend the day at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Located 43 km, approx. 26 mi, from Sydney, Featherdale Wildlife Park is perfect for animal enthusiasts and those wanting the true Aussie experience.
Although a bit of a cliché, Featherdale Wildlife Park is not your average enclosure. Interaction with the animals is incredibly hands-on as many of them roam free. Being face to face with the animals is a fantastic experience and really allows you to get involved with feeding and roaming around with them.
Ticket prices vary from 29.50 AUD, approx 20 USD or if you have a student card 23 AUD, approx 16 USD.
Pelican starting point
Entering the zoo you are bound to be filled with excitement. As soon as you enter the enclosure, pelicans and other quirky birds are surrounding your feet. Although it is not advised you touch the birds, you can get incredibly close to them, which is perfect for budding wildlife photographers!
My personal recommendation would be to spent some time watching the pelicans. Although quite clumsy looking there’s something incredibly elegant about them.
Anyone for a koala cuddle?
Featherdale Wildlife Park advertises that you can cuddle the koalas, but from experience you are only allowed to stroke them. Supposedly koalas don’t like to be cuddled, and to be honest, stroking one is just as exciting! Their fur looks quite rough, but it’s surprisingly soft.
Perched on a staged tree branch is Lola. An absolutely adorable koala, you are informed of Lola’s habits, traits, likes and dislikes. The guides are informative and friendly and allow you plenty of time to take photos with Lola. A word of warning, turn your camera flash off – she won’t thank you for the bright light!
Feeding kangaroos and wallabies
The highlight of anyone’s day will be feeding the wallabies and kangaroos. For 2 AUD, approx, 1.40 USD, you can purchase an ice cream cone filled with kangaroo feed. Walking amongst them is absolutely amazing and is sure to see you with a huge smile on your face! As you lower the ice cream cone, they come jumping over to you – it’s fantastic!
Due to the wallaby’s being small, a selfie stick could be handy, but they don’t stick around to pose, so you’ll have to be quick.
A day full of adventure
If feeding wallabies and stroking koalas isn’t enough, Featherdale Wildlife Park offers multiple feeding times that you can get involved with. With their extensive range of tropical birds, crocodiles and dingos you can easily spent a day, or just the afternoon if time is limited.
After so much adventure, it’s time to take a break from feeding animals and feed yourself. There is a café that offers small snacks, but I would personally recommend taking a picnic and enjoying it in their BBQ area. A gift shop is also present and is perfect for buying zoo-themed merchandise or Australian goodies like a boomerang.
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