The Animals of Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale Wildlife Park covers seven acres of lush bushland packed full of native creatures and fun animal encounters. Located near the Blue Mountains and just 40 minutes west of Sydney’s Central Business District, the park provides visitors with the chance to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s best-loved creatures. There are plenty of animals to discover, and you can learn about their unique habitats and behaviours as you go.

At the park, you can find more than 1,700 creatures, ranging from vibrant birds and reptiles to mammals and Australian marsupials. It is one of the country’s largest collections of critters, promising a fun-filled day out for all the family.

History of Featherdale Wildlife Park

The seven acres that the park sprawls out on was once a poultry farm. It wasn’t until 1972 that Featherdale opened as a wildlife park. Since then, it has won the best Major Tourist attraction award twice – once in 2005 and once in 2009. It hasn’t always had a smooth ride, though. In 1975 the park was threatened with closure as part of a redevelopment for public housing, but the decision was revoked by Sir Robert Askin.

The Animals of Featherdale Wildlife Park

It is the animals that draw in visitors from far and wide. With a huge collection of native and international species to admire, there is something new to be discovered around every twist and turn.

You can cuddle up to koalas, hand feed baby kangaroos and wallabies, and get a hands on experience with many of the park’s loveable animals. The marsupials tend to be the star of the show, promising traditional Australian snapshots of wombats, Tasmanian devils, possums, koalas, and kangaroos.

Elsewhere, you can learn more about Australia’s reptiles in the Reptilian Pavilion, and marvel at the eclectic range of colourful birds that call the park home. Some of the more unusual experiences include getting to know Bettongs, seeing the Little Penguins, and meeting a 4.5 metre saltwater crocodile.

Facilities at Featherdale Wildlife Park

As well as numerous animal enclosures that are home to almost 2,000 creatures, the park has a selection of other facilities visitors can enjoy, including the Billabong Café which serves traditional Australian fare, and one of the country’s biggest souvenir shops. Around the park you’ll also find several dappled picnic spots, each with their own self-use BBQs.