Platypus Guided Viewing
All Platypus viewings are escorted by our friendly qualified ranger.
Groups depart from the Smokehouse Cafe every 30 minutes.
Please be at the Smokehouse Cafe 10 minutes before the next group departure time.
- First tour – 9 am
- Last tour – 4 pm
The ranger will give you tips to enable you to have the best possible viewing experience. After the ranger departs, you can stay as long as you like. You should leave the platypus viewing area around 4:30pm as the property closes at 5pm.
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
We do have a very high success rate for spotting the one of the more exotic animals in the world.
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.