Featherdale Wildlife Park
I have taken my 10 year old and 2 year old to featherdale and found it a whole heap of fun.
While it is a pretty unassuming suburban part of town - when you get there to do feel like you are at a little animal santurary.
The park has a fun passport activity for the kids where they are given a little passport and then have to find certain animals and stamp their passport. It adds a little bit more fun to an already fun day out.
While the animals are not all that exotic - think Koalas, Kangaroos and Dingoa as apposed to Elephants, Tigers, Giraffes - its still a very fun day and the kids can even purchase food to feed the kangaroos and other little furry friends.
The tuck shop has great food and good prices - so all round winner. Will def go back.
My 4 year old daughter went to Featherdale Wildlife Park for a child care excursion (I went along to assist). She went on and on and on how we had to go back and take daddy to show him it all.
With a new baby to come along we went as a new family of four and had a wonderful day.
Very easy to push a pram around (which is a major factor for me now) and the 4 year old could explore everywhere with me keeping my eye on her too.
We were all very excited to be able to pat a koala. We had seen "pat a koala" before at other animal parks all with an additional fee. At Featherdale Wildlife Park the pat a koala is included with the admission. They had two koala's to pat and the wait line wasn't that long. In actual fact we went back later in the day to pat the koala yet again.
For $1 in the honesty box, just next to the koala's you can purchase food to feed the kangaroo's which are the next visit after the koala's. My daughter loved this. I was able to sit on the seats they had within that area to feed the baby whilst my husband and daughter fed the kangaroo's and had a ball. The seating is also under shade, an added bonus.
There are so many different kind of animals to see and a few unique ones: albino wallaroo, albino kangaroo and pure white peacock.
They have quite a few talks on different animal exhibits throughout the day. We didn't make it to any as my daughter deteremined she was the leader and happily showed us the path she took with the child care visit.
Nice to sit down at the cafe for lunch and an icecream. The selection of food is not great but you are quite welcome to take along a picnic and there are a reasonable number of seats and tables provided for you to use.
The majority of the area is shaded although as usual we had hat and a sunscreen on. It's not a massively spread out area with seats in many places, so a walk back to the cafe for a drink or a sit down to rest were not a problem at all
I recently went to Featherdale with my 6 month old son and my husbands and my family, and as a big group we had a ball. We could all wander off and look at different things and meet back at the lovely picnic area. What is nice about Featherdale is you can be hands on with the animals, feed the kangaroos, have your photo with a koala and not have to pay a fortune like at the zoo.
A great family day out and the kids just love it!!