$500,000 paid forward for children’s charities

Staff (and animals) at the Australian Reptile Park are celebrating reopening to visitors this week after a four-month COVID lockdown.

During lockdown, staff were kept busy with tending to animals, upgrading exhibits and facilities and participating in popular live streams on social media.

The livestreams featured some of the Australian Reptile Park’s super star animals such as Hugo the tortoise, Elvis the crocodile and Kraken the Komodo dragon and were viewed over two million times.

During lockdown the Australian Reptile Park ran a successful “Pay Discover Forward” campaign where NSW residents could “pay it forward’ with their Discover NSW Vouchers and the Australian Reptile Park donated a double pass to a selected children’s charity on their behalf.

More than $500,000 worth of tickets have already been committed to be donated to the partner charities.

The Park’s campaign will be continuing until the end of the NSW Government’s Dine & Discover program on June 30, 2022.

Director, Tim Faulkner, said keeping people connected with nature during lockdown was important.

“We wanted to keep the world up-to-date with our incredible animals and the amazing work our keepers do – it never stops,” he said.

“With ample space for social distancing, the Australian Reptile Park is one of the safest places families can visit now COVID-19 restrictions have eased.”

The Australian Reptile Park is the Central Coast’s premier animal attraction with a colourful 60-year history.

The Park was named NSW Best Tourist Attraction in 2019 and is open daily from 9am to 5pm, with complimentary parking and barbecue facilities.

The Australian Reptile Park is currently accepting the NSW Government’s Dine & Discover Vouchers until the end of June 2022.

Media release, Oct 11
Australian Reptile Park

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