Most areas of the Australian Reptile Park are accessible via wheelchair. Our paths are wide and made of concrete or grass with some bark paths.
The path beyond the Main Park Area (past the Koala Enclosures and through to Cassowaries), has varying gradients, terrain and uneven ground.
The majority of animals in our exhibits are visible for wheelchair users, either through fencing, windows or over the top of barriers.
Please note the following measurements of barriers, fences and viewing windows of the listed exhibits:
- Elvis the Crocodile – 6 viewing windows in barrier (2m long, 85cm from ground, 30cm viewing space). Grandstand does not have wheelchair access.
- Koalas – Photo yard is accessible, barriers are 1.1m high and have no viewing windows. The top level of a viewing platform is accessible from the pathway next to Alligator Lagoon.
- Komodo dragons – Barrier is 85cm high and then has glass to the ceiling.
- Lace monitors – 1 viewing window in barrier (65cm from ground, 30cm viewing space).
- Lost World of Reptiles – Height of viewing through glass varies from 65-100cm, depending on the enclosure.
- Nocturnal House – Ramp access for entry and exit. Viewing through glass from 80cm from ground.
- Outdoor Reptile Pits – Barrier is 95cm high and has no viewing windows.
- Quokkas & echidnas – Barrier is 85cm high and has no viewing windows.
- Show Pit – No viewing windows. Barrier is 85cm at its lowest section (side adjacent to Alligator Lagoon). Grandstand does not have wheelchair access.
- Spider World – Funnel-web spider milking viewing window starts at 95cm high. A live-feed TV is mounted above the window.
- Tasmanian devils – 3 viewing windows in barrier (55cm from ground, 30cm viewing space). Grandstand does not have wheelchair access.
- Undercover Area – Same level access from main path.
- Wombat – 2 viewing windows at the far left (65cm from ground, 45cm viewing space.
- Yellow-footed rock-wallabies – No viewing windows. Barrier is 95cm at its lowest section
Wheelchair hire is available free of charge for visitors who need assistance. When hiring a wheelchair, you will be asked to leave photo identification with Reception. Limited wheelchairs available.
If you’re planning a visit and would like to hire a wheelchair, please call Reception on 02 4340 1022 and provide the date of your visit so that a chair can be reserved for you.
An accessible unisex bathroom is located between the Hard Croc Café and Frog Hollow, near the Elvis the crocodile exhibit. The bathroom has a toilet (450mm high), transfer rails, basin with wheelchair access underneath and a child change table.
Seating & Rest Areas
There is ample seating to stop and rest throughout the Park. Picnic tables are situated throughout Main Park Area, Picnic Area and Undercover Area. Benches are available along the balcony of main building, near the playground, near the Show Pit, near the Wet Eucalypt Forest Bird Aviary, the Bush Birds aviary and the Rainforest Aviary on the Nature Walk.
Assistance animals are welcome
Service animals are welcome at the Australian Reptile Park, in all areas except the Main Park Area. This is due to our free-range kangaroos in this area. Upon entry to the Park, the service animal must be declared to Reception staff and documentation must be provided. Please call Reception on (02) 4340 1022 to discuss before your visit.
Free entry for carers
The Australian Reptile Park offers free entry for carers accompanying a person with a disability when they present their NSW Companion Card. The person with a disability can enter at our discounted Concession rate (when a concession card is shown).
For visitors with sensory processing issues that would prefer a less crowded experience, we recommend visits either early (when the Park opens at 9am) or in the afternoon after 2pm on a weekday (excluding school holidays and public holidays).
Some of our exhibits include features that may become overwhelming to someone with a sensory disorder:
- The Lost World of Reptiles & Spider World – some loud sound effects, strobe lighting and animatronics
- Nocturnal House – dim lighting for our nocturnal species
- Open air aviaries – free flying birds may fly close to you
- Lorikeet feeding – Wild lorikeets feed daily at 12pm and 3pm in the Main Park Area. This can be very loud with lorikeet screeching.