Meetings: 1st Friday of the month @7pm Lions Club Hall, Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie

The NHCG Mission

The North Coast Herpetology Group Inc. is a Not-For-Profit Association, whose main purpose is the promotion of herpetology and conservation of species and environments in which they live. We achieve this by field trips, engaging with guest speakers, and education sessions of reptiles.

Meeting Information

  • Held on the 1st Friday of each month @7pm Lions Club Hall, Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie

  • No unwanted commitments - affordable membership

  • Friendly, open and helpful community

  • Talks & presentations

  • All kinds of help & guidance from people with decades of experience

  • Herping & field trips

  • Breeder contacts

Membership Details

  • Single / Individual - $15

  • Family / Couple - $25

  • Memberships are not required to come to meetings but it is encouraged as the money contributes to wildlife / rescue donations

  • Payments can be made in person at meetings or as a bank transfer

The History of the North Coast Herpetology Group

There is no formal history for the group written down but we do know that the group was established in 1999 by Greg Hollis. He used his own funds to get it started and had the first meetings in his home garage. It was / is the only Herpetology group between the Central Coast, NSW and Brisbane, QLD.

Over the years meetings have been held at the Port Macquarie Airport, Lions Club, Sea Acres and then back to the Lions club, where we currently meet.

If you know any other details about the history of the North Coast Herpetology Group we'd love to hear from you. You can contact us here

Supporting Conservation through Donations

The North Coast Herp Group donates to many local conservation and rescue organisations that provide care and conduct research to a variety of Australian wildlife.

Aussie Ark was established in 2011 with the focus to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction. Since then they have expanded and now has a vision of creating a long-term future for our threatened Australian species.

Manning River Turtles

The Manning River helmeted turtle (alos known as the Manning River snapping turtle and Purvis' turtle) is endemic to the middle adn upper catchments of the Manning River. It was declared an endangered species in April 2017.

Bellingen River Turtle Conservation

The Bellinger River snapping turtle is only found in a 60-kilometre stretch of the Bellinger River in Northern New South Wales. They were listed as Critically Endangered after a virus  caused mass mortality of the turtles in early 2015. An estimated 90% of the population in just 6 weeks.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

In 2022, the koala was officially listed as an endangered species. Research indicates that the koala will become extinct in NSW before 2050 unless rapid and effective action is taken. 


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