Points of Interest
Featherdale Wildlife Park
From the initial greeting at the Park's entrance by our resident 'swaggy' holding his pet joey Kangaroo, visitors to Featherdale Wildlife Park are encouraged to embark on a unique journey, discovering over three hundred species of Australia's diverse wildlife.
Featherdale provides all-day FREE encounters with Australia's most beloved and iconic 'Aussies', the Koala and Kangaroo.
Education and Conservation form an integral component of Featherdale's philosophy. Not only is Featherdale renowned throughout the tourism industry but also its extensive captive breeding programs have set the standard for animal conservation and management in the zoological industry. As a result, Featherdale animals and animal husbandry techniques are highly sought after by zoos and fauna parks all over the world.
From Poultry beginnings…
Established on 7 acres of land originally purchased by Charles and Marjorie Wigg in 1953, Featherdale has evolved from a poultry farm into one of the best privately own wildlife parks in Australia.
The Wigg's son-in-law, Bruce Kubbere studied Australian fauna from early childhood and with his vision and encouragement, Featherdale opened to the public as a wildlife park in 1972.
In the early years Bruce, and his wife Margaret, operated a plant nursery on conjunction with the Wildlife Park. Beautiful Australian native trees and plants now line the walkways and landscape the enclosures as a legacy of the park's history.
Featherdale's future was threatened in 1975 with plans to use the property for a housing commission development. The then Premier, Sir Robert Askin was presented with thousands of signed petitions, most of which were signed behalf of local residents who stressed "the importance of Featherdale Wildlife Park" to district school children. Fortunately the government rescinded its original decision and the park was saved.
In December 1996, Featherdale was purchased by Amalgamated Holdings Limited and is now an integral part of Amalgamated Pty Ltd. In 1998 Featherdale carried out a number of upgrades including new entrance, amenities with disabled facilities and displays that closely depict the animals natural habitats to heighten the sense of arrival to one of Greater Western Side's major tourist attractions.
Featherdale has a commitment to animal and environmental education. The Wildlife Education Program is well established and very successful. The "Learning Burrow" is an open-air amphitheatre with seating for up to 90 students. The "Wildlife Wanderer" is Featherdale's mobile education program. Lessons are interactive experiences that reflect the school curriculum.
Through innovation Featherdale has developed into one of Australia's finest tourist attractions in Greater Western Sydney and has played an important part in the growth of tourism, not only in Greater Western Sydney, but the whole of New South Wales.