Seeing duck-billed platypus in the wild in Australia?

Old Jan 8, 15, 4:14 pm
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Red face Seeing duck-billed platypus in the wild in Australia?

Planning to come to Australia at the back end of the year (Sept/Oct/Nov). Would dearly love to see wild duck-billed platypus (I know there are some in zoos as a "seeing a live one" fall back position). I've had a quick google and there doesn't seem a lot of info on 'where to go to watch them' - some accommodation offers platypus viewing as an attraction.

Anyone any hints/tips/advice? Thanks.
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Old Jan 8, 15, 6:44 pm
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Very hard to see in the wild
Near Melbourne is http://www.zoo.org.au/healesville/animals/platypus
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Old Jan 8, 15, 6:45 pm
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I know someone who did a tour specific to platypus down in the Otways. I'll find out what it was called.
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Old Jan 8, 15, 6:48 pm
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Possibly this
http://platypustours.net.au/
http://platypustours.net.au/platypustours.htm
Nearest large city in Melbourne
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I'm following this thread with interest because I would also love to see them in the wild, but a platypus is nocturnal and mostly lives under water.

You can actually see them in Taronga zoo due to the glass walled aquarium; Might be hard to see in the wild.


edit - thank you to those for suggesting Otway!

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Old Jan 8, 15, 7:22 pm
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Yeah, but if you don't try, you definitely won't see! I'm a birdwatcher and ecologist, so the fact it's difficult doesn't really deter me. Just knows it will be all the sweeter if I do see any!
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Old Jan 8, 15, 7:34 pm
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We tried for many years and finally got lucky on a trip down to Tasmania. We were camping at the Wayatinah Lakeside Caravan Park http://www.wayatinah.net/ about an hour out of Hobart.. They had free loaner canoes.. We paddled out to a wooded rocky shore and there they were!
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There's a great place for platypus spotting in Yungaburra, which is on the very twisty Gillies highway between Atherton and Cairns. We saw them there!
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This is the place.

http://platypustours.net.au/
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Thanks very much guys - since we have to go to Melbourne to drink the coffee (apparently it's rather good, so I hear ) looks like the platypus tours place is top of the list.
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About 30 metres upstream from here.

https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-32....q50Yhrj8iQ!2e0
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About 30 metres upstream from here.

https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-32....q50Yhrj8iQ!2e0
Barrington Tops is a beautiful part of NSW and, if the OP has an interest in ecology, it's one of the last places where the Antarctic Beech tree still exists. Walking through that beech tree forest is pretty special. Like going back 100m years ^.
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Latrobe Tasmania is where we found them. Just as we were about to leave this quiet river one morning we spotted one swimming around. It was awesome. If you google for spots you'll probably find some
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