Armadale Reptile & Wildlife Centre - Western Australia


Opened to the public in 1995, the Armadale Reptile & Wildlife Centre houses a large variety of native reptiles and other Australian wildlife with over 70 different species on display including snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, fruit bats, kangaroos, dingoes, emus, tawny frogmouths, parrots, bustards and many more.

We are open daily from 10am to 4pm, closed on Wednesdays (except school holidays), Xmas, Boxing and New Year days.


Rescue and rehabilitation

Centre Owners, Klaas and Mieke Gaikhorst, have been rescuing and rehabilitating native animals for over 30 years and during that time have seen many harmless reptiles (including legless lizards and pythons) killed unnecessarily due to an inability by people to correctly identify them.

Prior to opening the Centre, Klaas was the reptile keeper at Perth Zoo. He saw a very strong need for educating people about reptiles and left the zoo in 1993 to realise his dream of establishing an educational facility.


Learn to identify animals

The main aim of the Centre is to enable people to see native wildlife in natural surroundings and to help them identify animals particularly venomous or non-venomous snakes, that they may encounter in the bush or possibly their homes or backyards.


Learn about their habits & habitats...

The Centre provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to safely observe animals in their natural habitat settings, to see what they look like, how they behave and to learn about their habits.

When you visit, be sure to bring your camera as there are many opportunities for wonderful photographs of our animals as most of the enclosures have no cage wire to impede your view.

A chance to hold some of our more docile animals will also be given throughout the day.

Rescue & rehabilitation

The centre rescues and cares all types of wildlife, but specializes in reptiles and marsupials. Animals that we receive or rescue can be either sick, injured, orphaned, abandoned, confiscated or surrendered.

For further assistance or information, please do not hesitate to contact us or the Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055. We do have a list of other reptile removalists that may be able to assist, if we cannot.

Sick, injured or orphaned wildlife

  • Marsupials (kangaroos, wombats, possums) are frequent victims of accidents involving vehicles and can be found on the side of the road. Most youngs survive the accidents and can be found inside their mother's pouch.
  • Snakes are frequently attacked by cats (targetting juvenile ones), dogs, run over by vehicles and injured by people. We have also rescued snakes with their heads stuck in aluminium cans. Many snakes are sighted in backyards, especially following fence lines in an attempt to try to find its way out. If a snake is sighted in the house, it is important that you watch it from a safe distance and if possible get someone else to ring for assistance. If you cannot do this, then ensure all pets are inside and keep watching from a safe distance. The reptile will either find a safe place to hide (then it can be removed by a professional) or simply find its way out.
  • Bobtails are mainly hit by vehicles, attacked by dogs or cats and injured by lawnmowers, whippersnippers or bushfires. Bobtails are the most common reptile we receive being sick or injured and the number of those ones being attacked by dogs and cats increases each year.
  • Birds (including nocturnals) are commonly found on the side of the road after either being hit by a car or sometimes a juvenile on its first flight. On some occasions, we receive birds who were intentionally shot or had feathers cut.
  • If you find an injured animal and require assistance, please contact us or call the Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055.


  • A rehabilitation hospital is housed on the propery where many sick and injured mammals, birds and reptiles are nursed back to health and returned to the wild whenever possible.
  • Animals ready to be released are thoroughfully assessed whether they can feed and move on their own and whether suitable and safe areas are found.
  • Others with permanent injuries are kept at the Centre and utilized in our education programme for schools and communities.


  • The costs of animal care include veterinary (surgery, pre and post-operation care, x-rays, medications), feeding, cleaning, enrichment, utilities and advertising.
  • As it is privately owned, the Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre receives no financial support from the Government and is totally reliant on admission income, counter sales and the generosity of the public for its funding.
  • Your visit will greatly support the work we do, so we can continue to help our native wildlife.
  • Donations are always welcome.

Help reduce negative impact on our unique wildlife

  • Drive slowly and carefully on the road from dusk to dawn when animals are mostly active. Also, pay attention to some species being active during the night in warmer months.
  • Keep the environment clean by disposing rubbish responsibly in adequate bins and avoid littering.
  • Be aware of small mammals and reptiles that may be hiding in the tall grass in your backyard, double-check the area before starting mowing or whipper-snipping.
  • Be responsible with your pets. Teach your dog to leave wildlife alone.
Hog's Breath Community Cash Program

Want to help us treat sick and injured fauna?

Hog's Breath Cafe Kelmscott has generously offered our centre to be a part of their community cash program. For every $30 you spend you can ask for a $5 community cash card. Once we have enough cards we can cash them in for money to help us pay for the care and treatment of such animals!

As we do not receive any funding this is very exciting for us and hopefully can enable us to build much needed hospital boxes and rehabilitation aviaries!

Please think of us when you are dining at Hog's Breath Cafe Kelmscott.


Multiple facilities are available to ensure visitors have a pleasant day with us at the Centre.


Free parking area with ample space.


Cater for disabled persons: wheelchair access and ramps throughout the Centre

Snacks & drinks

Vending machines and ice creams available


Picnic areas with tables and free BBQ facilities.

Baby change room

Baby changing facilities available for your convenience


Payments can be made by cash or through EFTPOS


A range of items from books to figurines to purchase after your visit

Parties & social functions

Birthday parties and small social functions can be held at the centre



Schools and social groups are welcome, we give a discount for larger groups. After-hours visits can be arranged by appointment, this may be useful for Scout or Guide groups


We provide a mobile education service to schools who may be unable to visit the Centre due to time or supervision restraints

In-house courses

The Centre does run in-house awareness courses and also will visit remote areas to assist Environmental officers in the correct capture methods and/or identification of reptiles found in their areas

Admission prices

School and social groups are very welcome to visit us, with a discount given for larger groups.

Children under 3 yrs: free.

$ 20,00
(3-15 yrs)
$ 8,00
Concessions *
$ 14,00

* Concessions: Pension card, Seniors card and Student card with current date. Sorry, we do not accept Health Care cards nor Companion cards.


For more information, please feel free to contact us or send us an enquiry using the form below.



308 South Western Highway, Wungong 6112, WA


08 9399 6927

Klaas Gaikhorst, Mieke Gaikhorst

Kristy Gaikhorst, Glen Gaikhorst

Opening hours

Open 10:00AM - 4:00PM daily

Closed Wednesdays except on school holidays

Closed on Xmas, Boxing and New Year days




By car:

From Armadale towards Byford: take South Western Hwy, right hand side after Stone St.

From Byford towards Armadale: take South Western Hwy, left hand side after Moore St.

By public transport:

From Armadale Train Station (Armadale line): catch buses 252 or 254 to Byford, stop at "St Western Hwy before Rails Cres" (number 13127).