The Australian Reptile Park is turning sixty years old and is throwing a two-week long birthday extravaganza to celebrate during the school holidays. July 2018 marks the six decades the park has been open as ‘The Australian Reptile Park’ and the milestone is a huge achievement for the Central Coast wildlife sanctuary which now welcomes over 250,000 visitors a year.
The school holidays will be all about the celebration of the momentous occasion with the biggest birthday party ever! Including a jumping castle, mega slides, face painting, fairy floss and limited edition merchandise that will only be on sale these holidays!
Also adding to the celebration, The Australian Reptile Park’s four new Dingo Puppies have reached the perfect age to come out and say hello to visitors!
Each day guests will be able to have a cuddle and a photo taken with the gorgeous pups - maybe even a kiss! Other animals on offer for photo encounters are koalas, baby alligators and giant Burmese pythons!
And by popular demand, just for the 60th Celebration, there will be the return of daily appearances by our resident Tyrannosaurus Rex to the delight of visitors as a small taste of the Dinosaurs Alive! event the Park runs during the Summer Holidays drawing record crowds.
Quite the historical landmark for the central coast, The Australian Reptile Park has faced numerous challenges over the years that are now reflected on as hardships they were able to overcome. The park has faced a fire that destroyed most of the zoo in 2000, theft of various animals over the years, moving locations in 1996 and the death of their iconic Eric The Crocodile in 2008.
The Australian Reptile Park is open daily from 9am till 5pm, located at Somersby on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Known as “The Best Family FUN Day Out!” the Park is not only home to one of Australia’s largest collection of reptiles, but also koalas, kangaroos, wombats, quokkas, platypus, cassowaries, spiders, the endangered Tasmanian Devil and much more.
To reflect on the amazing work The Australian Reptile Park do, Mandy and Akmal caught up with Head Keeper Daniel Rumsey for a chat.
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