What’s better than having a birthday on New Year’s eve? Heading to the Australian Reptile Park of course! We surprised reptile and dinosaur lover little Mister on his birthday with a visit at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby last year and made an amazing day of it! So much to do, it was incredible.
During the school holidays, the Australian Reptile Park has various activities, feeding times, talks etc. For the summer school holidays, the park had dinosaurs around various parts of the park, dino dig for fossils, interactive dino walks, dino dance party, dino reptile show, roving reptiles and turtles as well as the usual alligator & crocodile feeding shows and more. Checkout their website before you head out to make sure you make the shows and special activities.
After the kids had a chat with the reptile keeper, we headed to the Lost World of Reptiles where we found an array of different reptiles from around the world.
Little Miss was fascinated with iguanas while little Mister with cobras and anacondas.
The Egypt themed room was filled with baby crocodiles around the large statue which the kids loved to spot.
The Spider World was a cool area to see our arachnid friends and see a giant spider in action as well as comic related info and some fun spider-themed games along the way.
We then headed outside to say hello to Elvis in the crocodile swamp. There are various feeding times during the day for Elvis.
The kids then checked out the playground briefly before heading to the Komodo Dragons palace. If you wanted to make the trip a day trip, bring some snacks, a picnic or bbq and set things up at various uncovered and covered picnic areas or sit at various benches around the park.
The kids did limited dino digging for fossils on the day as the dig pit was filled with friendly kangaroos so the kids were more than happy to give them a pat and cuddle.
After some cuddles, we ventured across the nature walk where we saw wallabies, cassowaries, dingos, koalas, lace monitors, wombats, birds, a walk-in owl flight, parrots, night animals, tassie devils, tortoises and more.
Do no miss the alligators along the nature path too and make sure you attend one of the alligator feeding time - it was fascinating to see these creatures and see the large female alligator which rules the alligators basking area. The alligator keepers are truly amazing to be working with such creatures. The Australian Reptile Park is the first zoo in Australia to import the alligators species and breed them. Alligators are found in the swamps and bayous of the south eastern US, and are currently under threat due to wetland clearance and polluted drains.
After a fantastic alligator feeding, we headed to meet some roving dinosaurs and break some dino dance moves at a dino dance party. Both great summer holiday treats for visitors.
Before heading home, we fed some kangaroos with some feed from reception and checked out the gift shop of course! We had such an amazing time at the Australian Reptile Park and we will have to visit again soon if not make it a yearly ritual for little Mister’s birthday!
The Australian Reptile Park is located at 69 Pacific Highway in Somersby.
Open 9am-5pm everyday of the year, 7 days a week, except Christmas Day.
Adults $39, Child (3-15 years) $21, Senior +60 $29, Family Pass (2 adults, 2 child) $105, Single (1 adult, 2 child) $75 or Extra child on family pass $15. Yearly memberships are also available.
Checkout their daily schedules or school holiday schedules before you go to make the special activities, talks and feeding times.
Bring water bottles, snacks or lunch or a picnic with you (there is a small café with some food there too).
There are picnic areas as well as picnic tables in the park.
Bring hats and sunscreen on warm days.
Busy City Kids were invited to the Australian Reptile Park for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.