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Australia Reptile Park Somersby

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Australia Reptile Park
Pacific Highway
Somersby
NSW
2250
Tel: 02 4340 1022

Directions

If you are travelling on the Sydney Newcastle freeway, take the Gosford exit and follow the signs. They are less than one hour north from Sydney's Harbour Bridge, and south from Newcastle they are only two minutes from Gosford exit.

Where are we going today?

Creepy crawlies...scaled critters...reptiles galore...it can only be one place...the Australian Reptile Park!

The park is the hands-on zoo and boasts a ton of animal interaction and exciting wildlife shows where kids can really learn about these fascinating creatures, and get RIGHT up close to them!

They have beautiful birds, sweet mammals, creepy crawly spiders, and friendly amphibians, as well as the...of course...reptiles! (Do you know what the difference between an amphibian and a reptile is? If not - good thing you will be visiting, you can ask!)

The park have popular close encounters with some of the park’s scaly and furry animals during Snappy Hour 11am to 2pm daily, including a walk with Hugo the giant Galapagos tortoise.

We had heard of taking the dog for a walk...but a tortoise!? Crazy!

Elvis, NSW's biggest crocodile, is fed at 1:30pm on weekends and school holidays (now you AND your parents might have seen Elvis live!).  Did you realise crocodiles could get so big?

They hold their spectacular alligator feeding from the banks of their massive ’gator lagoon - see how fast they can SNAP!

The native, exotic reptiles and spiders are safe and ready to be enjoyed in their unique exhibits of The Lost World of Reptiles and Spider World, featuring Tarantula-ville! Eeek!

The park is a great way for kids to learn about all of these creatures, their habits, habitats, and also the impact that humans have on their lives.  The conservation project Devil Ark is a great area for kids to discover how they're helping save the iconic Tasmanian devil.

Witness venomous snake and funnel web spider milking every day (did you know they are milked! Not quite like a cow though...) plus have a photo with a snugly python, wombat or cuddly koala; enjoy the children’s adventure playground and hand feed friendly kangaroos!

Say hi to the tarantulas for us!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$33
  • Children$17 (Ages 3 - 15)
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

9am - 5pm / 7 days a week

Closed Christmas Day.

Teachers corner

They have a K-6 Feathers, Fur and Scales educational presentation which is filled with wonderful and curious topics about endangered species, habitat destruction, food chains, life cycles and caring for animals.

It is a true hands-on experience for the kids. They will be able to pat a host of native Australian and exotic creatures like lizards, turtles and snakes!.

I'm Hungry!

You need to eat as much as the animals do! They offer a pleasant cafe and picnic area, plus free BBQs. Get those snags ready!.

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you ask about their behind the scenes tours and the Kids to Keepers program! .

Doing our bit

The wonderful park are committed to improving their environmental performance. They use rainwater and recycled alligator lagoon water to irrigate park grounds, which is estimated to save 2.8 million litres of water a year! Go them!.

Can I get one of those?

Make sure you take the pocket money! They have a grand collection of cute cuddlies, big scaries and plenty more!.

What people are saying?

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    Whenever we have overseas visitors we take them to the Australian Reptile Park. We love it so much because of its very natural bush setting, the great selection of native animals and the funny shows. You will see dingos, crocodiles, wombats, koalas, Tasmanian devils, snakes, spiders, and so on. The great thing about the Reptile Park is that it has this very family friendly atmosphere, and is not overrun by tourists. While at Taronga any encounter or experience will set you back at least $20 here you can have it all as part of the overall experience....Read More

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    Still rocking on! Great size and scale for smaller kids - doesn't require the kilometres of walking you need to do Taronga properly. Good food. You will definitely get to see everything in a single visit, but has all the classics - deadly snakes and spiders, cute marsupials, giant crocs, dingos etc and a mix of exotic animals like iguanas, galapagos tortoise, tarantulas and more.

    Might be a little too mainstream for the more serious enthusiast or the extremely bright child. Might seem a little too small if you're up for a full day - for adults...Read More

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    Superb ! Live shows are brilliant. Wallabies, ducks and birds freely move about and can be patted by kids. Clean, friendly and a must go attraction for tourists and residents of australia !

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    Loved it Beautiful park :)

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    The Australian Reptile Park is a well organized, well maintained animal park. Animals are kept in spacious enclosures and look very well cared for. Despite its name, the park offers much more than just reptiles. You can pet kangaroos, emus, and even giant turtles. You can see variety of bird species, koalas, dingoes, wallabies, Tasmanian devils, spiders, lizards, and so on. There is a number of shows, run just about every half an hour. During those shows not only you can see animals being fed, but learn a thing or two about them. The park is playing...Read More

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by Silke Elzner

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Whenever we have overseas visitors we take them to the Australian Reptile Park. We love it so much because of its very natural bush setting, the great selection of native animals and the funny shows. You will see dingos, crocodiles, wombats, koalas, Tasmanian devils, snakes, spiders, and so on. The great thing about the Reptile Park is that it has this very family friendly atmosphere, and is not overrun by tourists. While at Taronga any encounter or experience will set you back at least $20 here you can have it all as part of the overall experience. In the picnic grounds there are free roaming kangaroos and other animals, and there is also a BBQ area and a children's playground. The kitchen serves nice pies and other food.

by Anthony Fordham

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Still rocking on! Great size and scale for smaller kids - doesn't require the kilometres of walking you need to do Taronga properly. Good food. You will definitely get to see everything in a single visit, but has all the classics - deadly snakes and spiders, cute marsupials, giant crocs, dingos etc and a mix of exotic animals like iguanas, galapagos tortoise, tarantulas and more.

Might be a little too mainstream for the more serious enthusiast or the extremely bright child. Might seem a little too small if you're up for a full day - for adults this is more of a half-day attraction.

by Bo Majewski

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The Australian Reptile Park is a well organized, well maintained animal park. Animals are kept in spacious enclosures and look very well cared for. Despite its name, the park offers much more than just reptiles. You can pet kangaroos, emus, and even giant turtles. You can see variety of bird species, koalas, dingoes, wallabies, Tasmanian devils, spiders, lizards, and so on. There is a number of shows, run just about every half an hour. During those shows not only you can see animals being fed, but learn a thing or two about them. The park is playing an active role in rescuing Tasmanian devil population, by maintaining the largest collection of these carnivorous marsupials on the mainland.

Overall we enjoyed our time in the park very much. The only thing I wish they improved is the selection of healthy foods in the cafeteria.

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