The Australian Reptile Park located at Somersby (near Gosford) on the Central Coast is home to a variety of reptiles including snakes, lizards, American alligators, crocodiles as well as Australian mammals such as koalas, wallabies and kangaroos, wombats, bilbies, echidnas, dingoes, and Tasmanian Devils.
The park was founded in 1948 by Eric Worrell at the Ocean Beach Aquarium in Umina Beach. In 1959, the Park was moved to Wyoming, north of Gosford and was renamed Australian Reptile Park. In September 1996, the Australian Reptile Park moved for the final time to Somersby.
A beautiful view at the American Alligator Exhibit
There is plenty to see, learn, experience and discover at the Park, from exciting wildlife shows, animal interactions, to getting up-close and meeting the cute and cuddly animals that call Australian Reptile Park home, feeding wallabies and kangaroos, enjoying a barbecue (free gas BBQs) or picnic at the Picnic Area with the little ones running around at the Adventure Playground.
Spotting cute kangaroos in the open space Kangaroo Area & Picnic Area
There are animal encounter tours where you can get up close and personal with the animals, Behind the Scenes tours, Kids 2 Keeper junior zoo keeping workshops (suitable for ages 3-18yrs), and many more activities.
One of the many scenic walking paths at the Reptile Park
Elvis the Crocodile: Elvis the crocodile arrived at the Reptile Park in 2007, and he is dubbed as Australia's crankiest crocodile! He was originally from Darwin and removed from the wild as he was attacking fishing boats in Darwin Harbour. In December 2011, Elvis lost two teeth due to him attacking park staff and their lawnmowers. He certainly does wow visitors with his aggression towards keepers and his food during feeding time shows.
Lost World of Reptiles: This Exhibit showcases one of the most unusual and unique zoological attractions. Enter the gaping jaws of a 30-metre-long model crocodile and be in awe with the displays inside.
Spider World: This is an exhibition where you can find everything you ever wanted to know about spiders. There are many funny and quirky interactive spider activities for all ages to enjoy as well as displays of spiders (behind glass boxes, of course!)
The goofy & fascinating interactive Spider World Exhibit