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Coasting : Coastal Life 17th Dec 2009
16 COASTAL LIFE Summer 2010 central coast tourism On the water Austra lian reptile park Party time at the park Take one look at Ploddy the dinosaur, the massive mascot of the Australian Reptile Park, and you soon realise that the popular attraction doesn’t do anything by halves. So when the park announced that it was celebrating its 60th birthday in 2009, it organised a party of typically mega proportions. In fact, the park’s celebrations began in the October school holidays of 2009 and run through to April, 2010! So there’s never been a better time to visit. The Reptile Park’s party theme is “60 years of saving lives and bringing smiles”, a reference to its role as the sole supplier of venom to Australia’s anti-venom program, and the sheer joy that the park’s animals have brought to generations of visitors. Enjoy a trip down memory lane with historical photographs and information on the park’s founder Eric Worrell, and the park’s growth from humble beginnings as Umina Beach Aquarium in 1949. See Australia’s only snake and funnel-web milking shows, and get hands-on with amazing animal encounters with the likes of Hugo the Galapagos tortoise, Charlie the wombat, and dingos. Enjoy a nose-to-snout experience during Snappy Hour with many of the park’s scaly and furry critters. Have a photograph taken with a large python, cuddly koala or friendly wombat. CUTE: There’s much more than reptiles at the park! Baby Ta smanian devils Dino (top) and Nina with senior curator Tim Faulkner. Picture by Anita Jones. Venture into Spider Wo rld and the Lost World of Reptiles – if you dare! But be sure not to miss lunch with the star of the show, Elvis, the largest crocodile in NSW, who is fed in dramatic fashion daily at 1.30pm. The Australian Reptile Park (phone 4340 1022) is at Somersby. Go to www.reptilepark.com.au for more. LANDMARK: The Australian Reptile Park’s mascot, Ploddy, now keeps watch over the F3 Freeway. When first built [right], Ploddy stood outside the park’s former site at Wyoming. STAR: Elvis is the park’s most photographed attraction, and the biggest crocodile in NSW. Picture by Phillip Hearne. LIFE SAVER: A king cobra is milked for its venom. Picture by Peter Rae. HANDS ON: Enjoy an animal encounter with dingos, Charlie the wombat or Hugo the Galapagos tortoise. Picture by Phillip Hearne. PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Charlie the wombat does what comes naturally when he spots a camera. Picture by Kitty Hill.
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