Platypus viewing and information

The Australian Platypus Park is home to a thriving platypus population. These wonderful creatures can be found in a spring fed pond surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. This magnificent setting draws in enthusiastic visitors from all over the globe.

Platypus Viewing
All Platypus viewing is done through a self guided tour. See our friendly staff at the Smokehouse Cafe for up to date information, cost, and directions.

When is the best time to come and see the Platypus?
The best time is 'any time' at the Australian Platypus Park.
Do not believe if anyone tells you the best or only time to see Platypus is early in the morning, or very late in the afternoon as Platypus are very active animals.

I am a Shy and Timid creature
If you raise your voice, point, or jump up and down I will swim away.
You are welcome to talk normally amongst yourselves.
If you respect my environment, I am happy to interact with you.

Platypus are shy creatures and can be quite timid. When viewing Platypus you should not point, or shout out at them.

When viewing Platypus in their native habitat be respectful, after all you are visitors to their home.

Platypus breeding season - January to March
The platypus breeding season runs from January to March - During this time, our friends are a bit more reclusive than normal.

The Platypus lake is a natural habitat and the Platypus are not a captive population with easily accessible burrows and up close and personal sightings like those held in wildlife parks and zoos, and even then they can be hard to spot. This means the Platypus are free to roam all over the lake area and can make spotting them difficult.

At this time of year Platypus spotting can be more difficult as he females are looking after the young in the burrows, only leaving to eat before returning to care for their young.

And what are the Males doing while the females look after the young? What they normally do, they do not look after the young at all, and do not concern themselves with the burrows.

Please be patient when spotting Platypus at this time of year, you can still see them at the Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes.

Some Platypus facts

  • The platypus is one of only three egg-laying mammals (monotremes) in the world. The other two are echidnas which are also native to Australia and Papua New Guinea only.
  • Female Platypus do not have teats, the milk is expressed through pores and is lapped up by the young Platypus.
  • The platypus hunts exclusively in the water.
  • The female Platypus eats 1/3 of her own body weight each day, and that involves a lot of hunting.
  • Underwater, they keep their eyes shut and noses and ears closed and use a electro-receptor system in their bills to hunt.
  • Monotremes are the only mammals to possess electrolocation, and the Platypus is the most sensitive among all the monotremes.
  • Their double coats - a woolly undercoat and very dense longer guard fur can protect them in near-freezing water for as long as 12 hours.
  • It is one of the few venomous mammals, the male platypus having a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans. The female also has the spur but it is not venomous.

We do have a very high success rate for spotting the second rarest sighted animal in the world, and if you are having trouble with spotting the Platypus please ask our friendly staff for some advise.

Platypus viewing. $6
Camping$15 per person.
     Check in between 10am and 4pm. Limited spaces available.
     See our Other activities page for more details
All prices current as of 20th April 2017 and are subject to change.

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