The 7th of March, 2018
You can’t leave Australia without having petted a Kangaroo or a Koala, so we all hop in the car and drive for an hour up North to the Australian Reptile Park, situated close to Gosford. Once out of the city, you drive through immense national parks and all you see are forests and rivers from both sides of the Pacific Highway or M1. The Reptile Park is fun, as you have the opportunity to be very close to all kinds of animals. During live entertaining shows you get to learn more about snakes, crocodiles, tortoises and arachnids. The park gives you a great impression of Australia’s wildlife.
Kangaroos and wallabies are hopping by and the trees are filled with sleeping Koalas. You get a chance to mingle with some of the animals and feed or pet them.
The dingoes are sound asleep, only when a show is announced through the speaker system, they start howling! The Tasmanian devil is also present and so is the cassowary. My daughter is getting excited as she sees the popular platypus. The bird-cages are filled with all kinds of owls, the kookaburra and cockatoos. The colourful lorikeets are lined up in the trees in the park.
Today is a week day and fairly quiet, so plenty of space to admire the animals on our own. The Reptile Park is also famous for its lifesaving snake and spider venom collection work. After spending a couple of hours in this interesting park, we go for a late lunch and drive back towards Sydney, just before the rush hours starts.