The Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1948 by Australian naturalist Eric Worrell. It is located at Somersby on New South Wales Central Coast, about an hour drive north of Sydney, situated in a bushland setting with streams and waterfalls.
The park specializes in reptiles and holds one of the largest collections of reptiles in Australia, including both native and non-native species. Many additional specimens are kept behind the scenes for research and breeding activities. Several hundred specimens of highly venomous snakes are kept in the venom production unit. The Sanctuary has a snake and spider venom-milking program, and is the sole supplier of a variety of venoms used for snake and funnel-web spider anti-venom in Australia. The venom-milking program has been in place for over 50 years, and saves over 300 lives each year.
The reptile collection includes huge American alligators, crocodiles, turtles and tortoises including the giant Galapagos tortoise. The lizard collection has skinks, dragons, monitors, geckos and iguanas. Huge pythons, deadly taipans, brown snakes, death adders and many other Australian snakes and exotic snakes are on display.
The Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to many Australian mammals including the Koala, Grey-headed Flying Fox, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Tasmanian devil, Common Wombat, Parma Wallaby, Dingo, Platypus, Echidna, Ring tail possum. There is an enclosure where you can walk amongst the kangaroos and hand feed them.
You will also see lots of spiders including large exotic tarantulas and a funnel web spider venom milking show. You will see creatures such as the Sydney Funnel-web Spider, Sydney Brown Trapdoor Spider, Huntsman Spider, Bird-eating Spider, Mouse Spider, Red-back Spider, Wolf Spider and Scorpions.
During the day, there are several talks and presentations including Galapagos Tortoise feeding, reptile show, Tasmanian devil talk, Koala and Python photos, Koala talk, Spider talk, Dingo talk, Alligator feeding
The Australian Reptile Park caters for functions including buffet dinners, formal dinners, picnics, parties and business team building programs.
The park is on Myoora Road near the Gosford turnoff from the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway. It is open daily from 9am – 5pm (except Christmas Day).