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The full reptile experience, just north of Sydney.

Image c/o- The Australian Reptile Park Facebook page

Here at Sydney Mums Group, we love a good day trip, within easy reach of the city. The Central Coast is one of our favourite places to visit, but what if we said we knew of a great day trip even closer?

The Australian Reptile Park at Somersby, is only 50kms north of Sydney. That's within an hour's drive from the northern suburbs, and it's well sign-posted. Ever noticed that gigantic dinosaur on the side of the Expressway, marking the turn off?

Image c/o- The Australian Park Facebook page

Now, it's not quite Jurassic Park, but it's been a firm family favourite for years, providing up-close encounters, and learning experiences about modern-day reptiles. And Sydney families, let's just say, you don't have to travel all the way to Australia Zoo, on the Sunshine Coast, to catch keepers feeding crocs.

image c/o- The Australian Reptile Park Facebook page

School Holidays at the Reptile Park

The Reptile Park is busiest during the school holidays, which means there'll be lots of extra special activities, if you choose to visit in peak season. At the time of writing this article, the attraction is promising the return of the Deadly and Dangerous Show for the April 2018 school holidays, but the program is updated with the latest shows, exhibits and photo opportunities, every school break. Click here for more info.

Archive image c/o- The Australian Reptile Park Facebook page

Venom Milking at the Reptile Park

Did you know that this close-to-Sydney attraction is the only zoo in Australia committed to saving lives, with a spider and snake Venom-Milking Program? The venom is used by the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories to manufacture the only Australian anti-venoms that save human snake bite and spider bite victims. If you visit the Reptile Park, be sure to catch a venom-milking demonstration at the Spider World exhibit, from the safety of behind the glass. Click here for more info.

Image c/o- The Australian Reptile Park Facebook page

Special Experiences For Kids of All Ages

In a country with such diverse fauna, it's never too early to instil respect for wild animals, in your children. The Reptile Park takes this as part of its duty of care to visitors, and offers a range of tour experiences, tailored by age range. There's a:

Mini Kids 2 Keeper Experience - 3 to 6 years
Little Kids 2 Keeper Experience - 7 to 12 years
Big Kids 2 Keeper Experience - 13 to 18 years

These activities are $50 per head, including park entry, so if you're saving on overnight accommodation, this could be money well spent, for some great personal encounters with reptiles, koalas, native birds and kangaroos and more. Find out more here.

Image c/o- The Australian Reptile Park Facebook page

Regular Exhibits and Animals at the Reptile Park

As if this place doesn't sound great enough already, here are some of the current exhibits you can enjoy during your visit:

Lost World of Reptiles
Elvis and the Crocodile Swamp
Spider World
Alligator's Lagoon
Nocturnal House
Frog Hollow
Platypus House

And in case you have very small children and are a little worried, it's not just reptiles and spiders. The Park, like most Australian zoos, has a range of native animals enclosures including birds, mammals, and amphibians.

Image c/o- The Australian Reptile Park Facebook page

The Beauty of a Zoo Outside the City

The Reptile Park is smack bang in the middle of an authentic bushland setting, with space and a much more relaxed feel than a big city zoo like Taronga. There's plenty to keep you occupied, but you can also take time to chill out with the family in the playground and kangaroo rest area, bring your own lunch, or even take a nature walk. There's a café onsite too (Hard Croc Café) and good facilities, including wheelchair access, shaded picnic tables, gas BBQ, a drinking water station and free parking.

Image c/o- The Australian Reptile Park Facebook page

Have I convinced you this is a great day trip to try with your kids? It's certainly got me planning my next visit to Somersby. And if you've been to The Reptile Park and have anything to add (good or bad), feel free to Join the Conversation and leave a comment.

The Reptile Park Details

Location: Pacific Highway, Somersby NSW 2250
Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm, 7 days (except Christmas Day)
Website: reptilepark.com.au
Admission: Adult $37 / Child $19 (3 & over) / Child 2 & under FREE / Family of 4 Pass $99

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