About the Australian Reptile Park

The Australian Reptile Park is a hands-on, interactive zoo, based in Somersby on the beautiful NSW Central Coast in Australia. Being classed as sitting within the top 10 tourist destination to explore within Australia, the Central Coast is the place to be, with the Australian Reptile Park giving our visitors the chance to interact with native animals and catch exciting wildlife shows!

Our rich and fascinating history began with the late and great Eric Worrell. What started with humble beginnings in 1958 has now grown into one of Australia’s premier tourist attractions.

As the only zoo in Australia committed to saving lives with a snake and spider venom milking programs, we’ve contributed to saving over 300 lives a year for the past 50 years. The venom that we produce is used to generate all land snake and funnel-web spider antivenom in Australia.

What can I expect from my visit to the Australian Reptile Park?

  • Hand-feed kangaroos in our free-range kangaroo area – it’s the best place to see kangaroos in Australia!

  • Meet Hugo the giant Galapagos tortoise on his daily walk through the Park

  • Have a close encounter with a koala, alligator, python and more at our daily photo sessions

  • Witness the ferocious power of Elvis, Australia’s Crankiest Croc. Click here for show times.

  • See over 40 species of native and exotic reptiles in the Lost World of Reptiles and throughout the Park

  • Visit Spider World to see a funnel-web spider milking and check out Tarantula-ville – home to some of the largest spiders in Australia!

  • See the endangered Tasmanian devil and discover how the Australian Reptile Park is helping Aussie Ark to save the iconic species.

  • Enjoy the children’s adventure playground, cafe and picnic areas and free BBQs

  • Go behind the scenes with a Private Tour or Zookeeper Programs.

Find out more about the Australian Reptile Park


Discover over 60 years of Australian Reptile Park history.



Learn about animal arrivals, new exhibits, upcoming events and more.


Ploddy The Dinosaur

Uncover the history of Ploddy the Dinosaur – Australia’s first ‘big thing’.



The Australian Reptile Park has a proud history of industry and public recognition.


Our Staff

Meet the people who make the Australian Reptile Park the BEST Family FUN Day OUT!



Your bequest can help us look after our many species of animals here at the Australian Reptile Park.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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