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Canberra Reptile Zoo, Gold Creek Village

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by Sue W (subscribe)
New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published July 19th 2015
Stroke a snake,pat a lizard & touch a croc
Gold Creek has so much to offer for families with Cockington Green, the Dinosaur Museum, Canberra Walk-in Aviary and family friendly Cafes to enjoy.

Another place that is a hit with the kids is the Canberra Reptile Zoo, located near the top end of the village, behind the family friendly "Café Injoy".

At the time of writing the zoo still has more renovations to complete so the entry fees are kept reasonably low. They also advertise cheap offers on online deal websites, so check those websites before you go. As the renovations are completed, the prices will change, so check the Canberra Reptile Zoo website before you go.

Before you even go in, there is a Lace Monitor display, with a few monitors sunbaking on a large statue.....of themselves!

Our daughter Miss Four was very impressed during the hour that we were there - however if you had older children you could easily stay for longer at this small, but interesting zoo.

As you walk in there are displays of different species of lizards in well-maintained glass displays and a crocodile pool. The kids all enjoyed looking under the water at the turtles and fish that were swimming with the small croc.

Crocodile, Canberra Reptile Zoo, Gold Creek Village, Canberra
There is always a feeling of being watched...

Canberra Reptile Zoo, Gold Creek Village, Canberra
Inside the first area of the zoo.

Frogs, Canberra Reptile Zoo, Gold Creek Village, Canberra
Frogs getting cosy.

To our surprise, the centre is very interactive with five or more volunteers walking around with reptiles you could touch. Miss Four was excited to touch the textures of a blue tongue lizard, baby boa constrictor, baby crocodile, monitor and a shingle back lizard.

Volunteer at Canberra Reptile Zoo, Gold Creek Village, Canberra
Volunteer explaining the skin pattern on this monitor...

Whilst talking to the volunteers, you can't help but be caught up in their enthusiasm and passion for these reptiles. In particular I was chatting to a volunteer who was in Year 5 in Primary School. With reptile knowledge beyond his years, he was able to talk with confidence to the kids as well as the adults. Alongside him was a volunteer from Year 10 in High School - both of them also volunteer at the National Zoo and Aquarium during school holidays to "get off the couch" as they said, and to be involved in something they are both passionate about.

With 6 permanent staff (at the time of writing) and a host of enthusiastic volunteers, the centre excels in Customer Service.

Boyds Forest Dragon, Canberra reptile Zoo, Gold Creek
Boyds Forest Dragon.

With over 50 different species of frogs, skinks, lizards, crocodiles, geckos, snakes, and turtles to look at, the kids are entertained and also learning. I was impressed to see a volunteer with a group of kids telling them what to do if they saw a snake in the wild (back away slowly and get an adult). She explained that they don't want kids to be afraid, just to have a healthy respect for snakes.

Snake displays, Canberra Reptile Zoo, Gold Creek Village, Canberra
The 2nd area of the zoo is the snake displays...

Another interesting addition last month was the arrival of Titan, a 50kg Burmese Python, who is 5m long and will eat a chicken a week in Summer. Check out their Facebook page for their latest reptile additions.

At the rear of the building they have some large statues that the kids can climb and play on, and if you like them you can also buy similar ones from their display room inside.

Statues for sale, Canberra Reptile Zoo, Gold Creek Village, Canberra
Statues to buy and take home....

There is also a basic birthday party area out the back, where the kids can have a more personal reptile experience. See details here.

You can see that the back area of the zoo has more renovation ahead, however for the price and level of interaction, it is an educational and fun way to spend time with the kids.

After you leave the zoo, there is a family friendly "Café Injoy" outside for lunch and a play on their playground, if you are looking for a family friendly option.

Cafe Injoy, Canberra, Gold Creek, Canberra Reptile Zoo
Cafe Injoy..

Canberra Reptile Zoo, Gold Creek Village, Canberra
Canberra Reptile Zoo front entrance - just look for the cool croc and turtle!

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Why? Touch a lizard, pat a snake, stroke a it all at the Canberra Reptile Zoo!
When: Open 7 days a week 10am - 5pm.
Phone: (02) 6253 8533
Where: Gold Creek Village, O'Hanlon Place, Nicholls ACT 2913
Cost: At the time of writing it is $11 adult/$9.50 concession/$8 children over 4/Under 4's are free.
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