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A giant statue of a frilled-neck lizard guards the entrance to the Australian Reptile Park, an exciting and educational wildlife zoo on New South Wales’ Central Coast. Stroll down a leafy causeway and listen for the sound of the park’s waterfall while spotting native Australian animals amid the zoo’s eucalyptus woodland. Explore a variety of themed exhibits, where you can learn about different animal species from around the world.
Get close enough to touch a koala and watch them lazily munching on gum leaves. Snap a photograph with the bear-like marsupials and check out some of the park’s free-roaming kangaroos, which will feed from your hands. Also within the leafy bushland area of the Australian Reptile Park are echidnas, wombats, dingoes and Tasmanian devils. You might also see some of Australia’s famous feathered creatures, such as cassowaries, kookaburras and cockatoos.
The zoo’s informative exhibits showcase different species. Check out Platypus House, the Lost World of Reptiles, Spider World and Frog Hollow. Among the scaly creatures that live at the park is a 5-metre (16.4-foot) saltwater crocodile. You can also see exotic reptiles, including Komodo dragons, Galapagos tortoises and American alligators.
Be sure to arrive early to catch the mid-morning reptile show, or catch one of the many animal displays, feeding sessions, photo opportunities and zookeeper talks held throughout the day. Stay for lunch and make use of the park’s barbecue facilities or take a seat at the on-site café. Stop by the Australian Reptile Park’s gift shop to pick up an array of souvenirs and gift items.
Australian Reptile Park is located in Somersby, a little over an hour’s drive north from Sydney on the route to the Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Port Stephens. The zoo is open daily year-round, except for Christmas Day. Purchase tickets at the zoo’s jungle-themed reception. Discounted tickets are available for children under 15 years of age, concession and families. Visit during local school holiday periods to make the most of the zoo’ exciting holiday programme.
Situated in Kariong, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Central Coast Hinterland and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Australian Reptile Park. Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Water National Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in West Gosford, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Entertainment Grounds and Central Coast Stadium. Laycock Street Theater and Australian Reptile Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in West Gosford, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Entertainment Grounds and Central Coast Stadium. Australian Reptile Park and Terrigal Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Coast Hinterland, Carawah Reserve, and Waterview Park. The Entertainment Grounds and Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in West Gosford, this motel is steps from Central Coast Hinterland and Waterview Park. Carawah Reserve and Central Coast Stadium are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of West Gosford, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Coast Stadium and Gosford Hospital. Erina Fair and Australian Reptile Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Point Clare, this romantic apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Coast Hinterland and Brisbane Water National Park. Manooka Road Bush Reserve and Wendy Drive Bush Reserve are also within 2 mi (3 km). Point Clare Station is 7 minutes by foot and Tascott Station is 19 minutes.
Situated in Point Clare, this romantic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Coast Hinterland and Brisbane Water National Park. Manooka Road Bush Reserve and Wendy Drive Bush Reserve are also within 2 mi (3 km). Point Clare Station is only a 3-minute walk and Tascott Station is 16 minutes.