Featherdale Wildlife Park

Sep 18th, 2002, 05:19 PM
  #1  
Sandy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Featherdale Wildlife Park

Hi - I'd love some information on this park. How far from Sydney? Are there tours to take to get there? Can we book it at the hotel? Isn't it where you can "breakfast with the kangaroos?"
Thanks in advance.
 
Sep 18th, 2002, 07:15 PM
  #2  
Jane
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I recently went there and enjoyed it immensely. Not sure about breakfast with the kangaroos. It is near Olympic Park, I guess about 45 minutes from Sydney. I went on a tour with AAT Kings as it was part of a tour day to the Blue Mountains (another great side trip from Sydney). A couple of hours at the park should be adequate. You get to pet a koala. Contact me if you want more help. I work with the Australia Tourism Commission helping with travel to Australia.
 
Sep 18th, 2002, 10:06 PM
  #3  
Wendy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Hi Jane,
Where do you work out of and who do you work for? Are you in Australia or the USA?
Thanks W
 
Sep 19th, 2002, 03:38 AM
  #4  
Alan
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Hi, Sandy!
Featherdale is a nice little park, and it's easy to get to by fast train from the city, but it is not, alas, the place to "breakfast with kangaroos"... this is Euroka Clearing, in the same direction but twice as far west, and unless you have a car, you can't get there without a tour. But to get to Featherdale, simply hop on a Mountains train and get off at Blacktown Station. You could walk from there, but you'd probably prefer to get a taxi for a few dollars... five minutes drive. You can be photographed with a koala, and see some Australian animals in fairly natural surroundings... plus some not-so-Australian animals, such as two ostriches. I like Featherdale, but be warned... Sydney's west is flat and hot, and the park is best seen early in the morning.... if you're smart, you'll try and get there at about the time the tours are collecting people at their hotels. By lunch time, you often can't park in the car park because of the tourist buses, and since it's only a small place, you can imagine what that means for the crowds around the exhibits. Have a great time!
 
Sep 19th, 2002, 06:39 AM
  #5  
Sandy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Hi all - Thank you, thank you, thank you. Going by train rather than a tours sounds great.
 
Sep 19th, 2002, 08:39 AM
  #6  
Jane
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Message for Wendy:

I am an independent travel consultant who does this more for enjoyment than $ as I also am a fulltime educator. I am trained with the Australian and New Zealand Tourism Commissions to help people with their travel. I book and help people plan their trips down under.
 
Sep 19th, 2002, 08:40 AM
  #7  
Jane
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
More for Wendy. I am based in U.S. and do not represent specific suppliers.
 
Sep 19th, 2002, 09:41 AM
  #8  
Jane
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Another reader was upset by travel professionals posting here so rather than be attacked I will decline from sharing information about Australia and New Zealand travel.
 
Sep 19th, 2002, 01:00 PM
  #9  
Liz
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Thank you Jane for declining to share your travel knowledge on this site. There are 18 or 20 Million of us you have a lot of information to share so I am sure we can help people find out what they need to know.
 
Sep 19th, 2002, 05:58 PM
  #10  
Alan
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Hi again, Sandy!
I'm really glad you've decided to go by train... I get so annoyed when I see tour operators in Sydney promoting their "services" when there is such a great lot of public transport ready to do it faster and cheaper than they can, and at YOUR convenience, not theirs. Harbour cruises are another bone of contention with me... for three or four dollars you can take just about any ferry in Sydney... for $13 you can take a whole days' worth -- and you will have a great time at your own pace; yet people insist on paying thirty or forty dollars to go by private operators, who make you meet THEIR timetable (let it rain! Who cares?) and have nothing more to offer except a commentary you could well do without! Anyway, here are a couple of tips to get you by train to Featherdale.
There's really not a full day to be had at Featherdale, so by lunch time you will be looking for something else to do. For that reason it may pay you to buy a DayRover ticket when you set out at Sydney terminal. For $13.40 you can get on and off as many trains or ferries as you like, and you may decide to head west after seeing Featherdale and have a look at the lower Blue Mountains. I think your DayRover is only good as far as Emu Plains (at the foot of the mountains), but you can always buy an extension at the stop where you get off, if, in fact, it's a station with an attendant. Just walking around the mountains in the late afternoon is very pleasant, and stations like Woodford have short walking trails very close to the train.

The best trains to get to Blacktown are the intercity trains which go to the Blue Mountains, as they hardly stop at all between Sydney and Blacktown. They only depart hourly, however, about three minutes after the hour. Try to make the 8:03 a.m. If you miss it, you don't need to wait an hour for the next one... just go downstairs to the suburban trains and get a Penrith train, as they leave much more frequently (and stop more often, too.) In this case, you would be best going one stop past Blacktown, to Doonside. You will pass right by Featherdale and you can judge whether or not you want to walk back... it's a bit closer than walking from Blacktown. Doonside is just a tiny place, and you may not get a taxi so easily if you decide that walking is not for you (but it's less than a kilometre, and it's totally flat).
One stop past Doonside is Rooty Hill, and it is the "jumping-off" point for Australia's Wonderland, which is a bit like a mini-Disneyland, and is very popular in spite of the fact that the admission prices are pretty steep, according to the locals. However, since you're out that way anyway, you may care to combine the two trips.
I hope you have a wonderful time!
 
Sep 20th, 2002, 06:49 AM
  #11  
Sandy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Hi Alan,
You're really being very helpful. If you ever come to New York, I'll have to return the favor and tell you how to get around.
I think the plan...as it stands now, is to do Featherdale in the morning and return for a late afternoon Bridge Climb. That sounds terrific to me.
 
Sep 22nd, 2002, 07:23 PM
  #12  
Alan
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Hi, yet again, Sandy!
Thanks for the offer... I was in New York, with my kids, just last December (during that week of "Indian summer" when everyone was walking around in their shirt sleeves), and I can't wait to get back. Getting around New York is easy... whichever way you go, there's something great to see... you can't miss!
I checked the walking distance to Featherdale from those two stations for you. It's a bit further than I said.... 2 and a quarter km from Blacktown Station, one-and-a-half from Doonside. The walk is, I fear, less interesting than walking from the Woolworth Tower across the Brooklyn Bridge, so I would recommend that taxi.
 
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
hellyes74
Australia & the Pacific
5
Oct 17th, 2006 11:13 PM
MietteMeg
Australia & the Pacific
14
May 18th, 2006 12:58 PM
jacylou
Australia & the Pacific
9
Aug 22nd, 2005 06:59 PM
Nack
Australia & the Pacific
11
Dec 12th, 2003 02:35 PM
kelli
Australia & the Pacific
10
Nov 20th, 2001 07:00 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:57 PM.