Featherdale Wildlife Park

If you love Australian animals you'll enjoy Featherdale Wildlife Park in western Sydney.

The park allows tourists a more up close and hands on approach to koalas and kangaroos than do many zoos. Staff encourage interaction with the animals and visitors love the experience.

If you want to pet a koala and have your photo taken with it - all without extra cost - then this is the wildlife park for you!

There's also an open area where you can feed emus wallabies and 'roos.

You'll have to travel at least 45 minutes from Sydney CBD to reach the wildlife park in Doonside, Blacktown. Many tourists do it by train to Blacktown Station, then take the short bus ride (or 20-minute walk) to the animals.

Tassie devils and even a big salty croc

Others take in Featherdale's delights when on route to explore the Blue Mountains - because the wildlife park is right on the way. Just pick a bus tour to the Blue Mountains that schedules the popular stop.

If you have children they'll delight in petting some of the animals. They'll also love seeing "strange" Aussie marsupials like the waddling wombats and the often snarly but pretty cute Tasmanian devils.

Dingoes, a big saltwater crocodile, snakes and lots of birds are other top attractions.

If you have kiddies with you and you're not on a tight schedule you can easily spend three hours or more with the animals.

Photos easy at Featherdale Wildlife Park

And you can get some great closeup photos with koalas - made easy by wildlife park staff.

Pictured above is Featherdale's latest attraction. She's a little koala joey called Ghera. And that's her mum Rose with her. Ghera is Aboriginal for "gum leaf" - a nice name for a little girl who will spend a lifetime chewing the eucalyptus leaves.

There's a full program every day of interesting keeper talks where you can learn more about the animals.

Reptiles are in the spotlight from 9am-10am, see feed time with the Pelicans at 11am and learn about Flying Foxes at 2.45pm.

Enjoy a good squabble? - watch the Tassie Devils' antics and see their feed and enrichment - timed for 1pm and 4pm daily.  Pictured is a Devil wondering where the food is - or is that a wide yawn?

Youngsters will also delight in the Farmyard Animal Encounters. Here they can see and feed animals you'll find on a typical Aussie farm.

Entry price for adults is $29 and children $16. There are reduced prices for families, seniors and students. Full details at the Featherdale Wildlife Park website.

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