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San Diego, California
December 20, 2010
Sheffield, United Kingdom
February 13, 2005
Featherdale is full of native animals, such as koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, flying foxes, and birds such as kookaburras, emus, etc. For me, the best part was being able to pet the koalas. They are so cute and soft to the touch. They just cling to the trees, fast asleep, and you expect them to fall off, but they don't. One was in a special area (still fast asleep, clinging to the tree) where you could pet it and take photographs at no extra charge. Later in the day, when we returned (about 3pm), they seemed to be waking up, and another was put by the side of the first one in the petting area. After three people had taken photographs, it climbed down--it had obviously had enough--and was taken back to its pen. They are not kept in cages, and the pens are open at the top, with a wall about halfway up.
The kangaroos and wallabies were also free, but areas with shade and huts, surrounded by a small wooden fence, were available for them to escape attention if they wanted to. For a small charge, food can be bought to feed the kangaroos and wallabies.
Some animals and the birds are caged, but there were plenty of wild birds visiting for a free feed. Wombats were chasing through tunnels in their pens, penquins were swimming, the giant lizards/iguanas were lazing in the sun, and the dingos were asleep. Unfortunately, the Tasmanian Devil, which is nocturnal, was nowhere to be seen.
It was a very enjoyable day for animal-loving adults and children alike. We were there approximately 4 hours and enjoyed every minute. There is a cafe on-site where sandwiches and drinks can be bought, as well as a souvenir shop. Instead of getting the bus, we decided to walk back to Blacktown for the train, which took about 30 minutes. It is quite easy--just turn left out of the car park and go straight on--but it was a long walk in the hot sun.
From journal Australia - The Land Down Under
September 5, 2003
This place is a good alternative for people with small children to the big trek and expense required if you visit the Sydney Zoo. The claim is that this is like being out in the bush. Well, only to the extent that you can really see the animals. I don't call cement walkways and chain link fencing bush!
There is an extensive collection of birds. Either visit in the summer or at least on a brighter day if you want to take good photos.
From journal Australia on Top -- Sydney
July 9, 2003
At Featherdale, you are encouraged to get as close to the animals as you want. I got to touch kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and emus while I was there. They also have a bunch of other animals such as wallabies, dingoes, and Tasmanian devils.
They have a cool crocodile exhibit. We got to see the croc eat, which was quite an experience.
From journal Sydney
Hoboken, New Jersey
November 24, 2000
From journal A few days in Sydney