Zoo / Animal Parks, Sydney
I'm not much for zoos really,but you want to see all the indiginous animals of Australia without going into the bush, this is the place to go. Dingos, Tasmanian devils, emus, koalas, wallabys, kangaroos, spiders, etc. are all here. The kids I saw there were loving it since there is a petting area where the kangaroos and wallabys are out in the open. The admission ticket is a little "travel passport" which the kids can put stamps on along the way.
Check around your hotel for the "What's On in Sydney" brochure because there is a 25% off voucher for Featherdale in it. (One voucher is good for a couple).
The zoo is open 9am to 5pm seven days a week (closed Xmas Day). They also have a very good gift shop and a picnic area although we opted to have our picnic lunch at a nearby park since zoo smells aren't that great for the appetite!
To get there by public transport: Take the train to Blacktown then bus #725 from the station drops you right outside the park gates.
Most people seem to visit Taronga Zoo while in Sydney, and while I've heard it's completely worth the trip, I only had time to visit one animal park while in Sydney. At the recommendation of the hotel concierge, I decided to go to Featherdale Wildlife Park, which was about a 40 minute train ride outside of Sydney. It was much more interactive, with a kangaroo, wallaby, and emu feeding/petting area and koala photo opportunities. It's illegal for the public to hold koalas in any state but Queensland, but at Featherdale they let you stnad next to them for photos and pet them if you want. The rest of the park is set up like a typical zoo, showcasing many native Australian animals. I'm definitely glad I chose to make the trip out there.
This park is just an hour from Sydney and is a lovely place to see the Australian animals and birds. It is open every day except Christmas Day from 09.00 until 17.00
The Koala enclosure is open 10.. until 11.30 and 14.30 until 15.30
At 217 Kildare Rd Doonside
By car: from Sydney take the Great Western Highway, turn off onto Doonside road where the park is signposted
By public transport: by train to Blacktown, then bus (nr 725) from the station
By coach tour daily from Sydney, information phone 622 1644
loveley point...lovely scene..
as you have already visited the zoo and so tired....
its so so lovely...lay down on the grass
look the scene...
the coffe shop is closing at 12.00 am..so strange..so take something to drink & eat with you.
Featherdale Wildlife Park
At this lovely wildlife park there are so many wonderful birds and animals. This is where you have the chance to see gorgeous wee Koala Bears (which are protected in Australia) up closer and you are allowed to feed and pat them.
Daily croc feeding at the australian reptile park can be exciting ,here you get to see the awsome size of these creatures and why you dont go swimming in croc territory in the north of Oz.The australian reptile park is about 1 hours drive north of sydney of the pacific hwy near gosford the signs are marked clearly .
Around Sydney are some animal parks - my friends and I went to one called 'Koala Park'. Here you can see all those wildlife animals being almost free on the area. No fear to touch them ... they are all friendly guys.