Snakes Downunder Reptile Park is located near Childers in Queensland. The park is run by Ian Jenkins who has been handling snakes for over 40 years. Ian has long had a fascination for snakes, having grown up in Africa where his father had an interest in snakes. After moving to Australia in 1980, Ian had the opportunity to pursue his interest in snakes. He started off dong school talks about ten years ago, and built an arena where school groups could learn about snakes. This venture developed into Snakes Downunder Reptile Park.
Reptiles exhibited at Snakes Downunder include Saltwater Crocodiles, Lace monitor, Frill necked Lizard, Perentie, Sand monitor, Central Bearded Dragon, Angle-headed Dragons, Tiger Snake, Coastal Taipan, pythons, Eastern Brown Snake, Red-bellied Black Snake and various turtles and frogs. There is a walk-through tropical vivarium housing lizards such as dragons and several frog species. There are two Snake shows each day starting at 10am and 11:45am. At the snake show you will see the snakes handled and presented up close in the arena. Each snake show is different, with the first featuring a huge scrub python and the second featuring the world’s five most venomous snakes. There is a Crocodile show and feeding at 12:30. After each show you will have the chance to handle a python and a young Saltwater Crocodile – there is no extra charge for handling.
Facilities at the park include a café selling refreshments and souvenirs, picnic tables under shady trees and you are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch. For anyone with an interest in reptiles, this is a pleasant place for a visit with friendly and helpful staff.
Snakes Downunder Reptile Park is located at 51 Lucketts Road about 3km east of Childers and about 55km south of Bundaberg. The Park is open six days a week from Thursday to Tuesday from 9am to 3pm (closed on Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day).