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​The Australian Reptile Park


What kinds of creatures are home to the Australian Reptile Park?

You may be familiar with seeing the Australian Reptile Park and Tim Faulkner on Bondi Vet. We are here to give you a little more insight the biggest tourist attraction on the Central Coast and the home to many of Australia’s native animals!

The Australian Reptile Park is located just off the Pacific Motorway, about an hour north of Sydney. Although named a reptile park, it is home to many other Australian native species such as kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and koalas.

The park initially opened at the Ocean Beach Aquarium, Umina Beach in 1948, before moving to a new location to Gosford in 1996.

Some of the reptiles you may find at the Australian Reptile Park include crocodiles, alligators, lizards, pythons, brown snakes, death adders, cobras, turtles and skinks.

he park is also home to a wide variety of arachnids. These eight-legged friends include huntsman, bird-eating spiders, red backs, wolf spiders, scorpions and tarantulas.

In the furry category, many of the country’s favourite animals are included. From wallabies, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingos, platypus, echidnas and koalas, the Australian Reptile Park is a place where you can observe and learn about many of the native creatures that walk on our land.

One of the park’s most famous attractions is Elvis the crocodile. The king has been calling the park home for almost 10 years. Originating from Darwin up in the Northern Territory, he was captured and taken to a crocodile farm due to multiple attacks on fishing boats. As he was too big to be re-released into the wild, he came around just in time to replace Eric, the park’s former celebrity croc.

Another superstar at the Australian Reptile Park you may be familiar with is Bondi Vet’s Tim Faulkner. As General Manager and Head of Conservation, Tim has a huge responsibility in making sure the animals are happy, fit and healthy. His enthusiastic personality and passion for animals shines through in everything he does, from wrestling crocs to milking Funnel-web spiders, he always has the animal’s best interest at hand.

Tim is the perfect personality to educate and entertain people on our native animals, conservation and keeping our local wildlife in existence. He holds extensive knowledge on Australian wildlife, which contributes to the ways he assists in helping our injured and endangered animals. If Tim isn’t at the Australian Reptile Park, helping out animals on Bondi Vet, you can find him on his very own program, The Wild Life of Tim Faulkner. What an outstanding guy!

If you visit the Australian Reptile Park, don’t forget to check out their educational talks. From dingos to spider talks, over to the alligator and Galapagos tortoise feeding, there’s no shortage of entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

The Australian Reptile Park also includes a café and barbecue facilities where you can enjoy lunch surrounded by kangaroos. Visitors also have a chance for photo opportunities with some of the native animals. There is something for the whole family to appreciate!

For more information on ticket prices and opening hours, visit the Australian Reptile Park’s website and to keep up to date with the amazing Tim Faulkner, take a look at his website and follow him on social media. For more information on our native wildlife, tune into Bondi Vet 6:30pm Saturday on TEN.

Photographs courtesy of the Australian Reptile Park

Cockatiel plucking her feathers

Hi! I hope you can help me with my cockatiel, I write from Spain and here they aren't that common so vets don't know much about treating them. I have a 5 years old female cockatiel and she is very affectionate, 2 years ago I had to spend a couple of months at a hospital and my parents during that time were either working or visiting me, so she felt lonely and started plucking her feathers. Even after I went back home she continued with this behaviour and hasn't stopped. I took her to different vets, they told me to give her small amounts of a syrup that was meant for calming itching and an antibiotic in case it was something producing an itching, but neither worked. I also tried a spray called "Pluck-no-more" with the same results. In case she was lonely we got her a mate, but it may be also female since they don't pay attention to each other at all. She rubs her cloaca on the perch often but the other tiel ignores it (the pet shop said it was male but they said the same with her and then she laid an egg...). The layer that covers the feather while growing (not sure of the name in English) doesn't grow normally, looks more like bland plastic than a hard cover like the ones on my other birds pin feathers (besides her, I have another cockatiel and a lovebird). Is as if the feathers on the plucking areas aren't growing correctly. The areas she plucks are under the wings, the part where wings join the body, and the body area that is covered by the wings while resting. While plucking she lets out small cries. The fluff covers these areas so by just looking at her isn't easy to tell, unless you watch her while preening. I let her play outside of the cage very often, but lately she can't fly well and I think it may be caused by the loss of these feathers. As I said, vets in this area are more specialized in cats and dogs and know little about parrots, so I hope you can advise me since these birds are native to Australia. Is there some kind of balm or spray I can apply on her skin to soothe it? Some medicine I can ask my local vet to use? I love her and it hurts seeing her in pain everytime she preens. Any advice would be much appreciated. Greetings from Spain!