The Australian Reptile Park grants visitors the chance to get up close and personal with native and exotic wildlife, including resident crocodiles, giant tortoises, and wombats. The park puts on a number of wildlife shows as well, with background information and comprehensive education about the animals. In addition to the many snakes, lizards, and crocodiles, the park is home to a wide range of spiders, and houses Australian kangaroos and Tasmanian devils.
A reptile-themed adventure playground is fun for kids, and the park holds several events and programs aimed at children. Visitors can hand feed kangaroos and take pictures with many of the animals. The park’s largest crocodile, named Elvis, has taken on the nickname as the crankiest crocodile in the region. Nature walks are present throughout. The park also collects spider and snake venom for the production of anti-venom, which saves hundreds of lives each year.
The Australian Reptile Park lies 13 kilometers west of Gosford on Pacific Highway, about an hour’s drive from Sydney. It is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm with an admission fee of $33 for adults and $17 for children.