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The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes

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912 Millaa Millaa-Malanda Rd | Minbun, Malanda, Queensland 4885, Australia
+61 7 4097 2713
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No platypus but a good visit

Sunday morning, nice setting and the weather was good. We didn’t see any ( females probably... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2017
BromsgroveAnnie
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Bromsgrove
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Platypus Aplenty!

Rarely is it easy to spot a platypus in the wild anywhere in Australia, Generally, they are found... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
fional943
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Ballarat, Australia
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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. We also offer Camping, Bird Watching, and dining through our Smokehouse Cafe. The Smokehouse Cafe serves a selection of great meals at reasonable prices, and we are licensed so you can enjoy a drink with your meal or snack. The Smokehouse Cafe opens at 8am with Guided Platypus tours starting at 9am and departing every 30 minutes throughout the day. Breakfast Menu 8am til 11am Main Menu from 11am to 4pm Platypus Tours every 30 minutes starting at 9am. Last tour starts at 4pm.
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912 Millaa Millaa-Malanda Rd | Minbun, Malanda, Queensland 4885, Australia
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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Sunday morning, nice setting and the weather was good. We didn’t see any ( females probably hatch/looking after young) but the young ranger Matt was very knowledgeable and there is an information film at the cafe. We weren’t charged as they (presumably knew) the chance...More

Thank BromsgroveAnnie
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Rarely is it easy to spot a platypus in the wild anywhere in Australia, Generally, they are found on private land and farmers keep quiet, to protect these shy animals in the wild. That was certainly the case with those that lived on our farm,...More

Thank fional943
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

We are glad you enjoyed your visit and you were able to spot some Platypus. Robyn Hughes Customer Services

Reviewed 28 October 2017

We never expected to be able to see a platypus in the wild and would have considered ourselves lucky if we had. Then we found this place and the ranger who took us on our tour was showing us these creatures within 5 minutes. One...More

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RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Glad you enjoyed your visit and got a nice up close view of the Platypus that live at the park. I hope you had your camera handy and got some nice photos at the time as well. While we cannot guarantee any sightings of the...More

Reviewed 4 October 2017

We had such a lovely day. Our guide was friendly, we spied some platypus and then had a delicious lunch! Will be back to taste more items on the menu next time we visit the tablelands.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

I have read with interest some of the reviews and agree that the ranger only stayed with us for around 15 minutes after we arrived at the lake site. Well that was exactly what he had explained would happen. As we went down to the...More

Thank AussiePD
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Hi Thanks for your review, and we are glad you had a good visit and managed to see the Platypus. Robyn Hughes Customer Services

Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

If you just want to see the platypus then yes but be patient and your guide leaves after 30 mins but you can stay as long as you want. Don't expect to go fishing as it is only one group at a time, then there...More

Thank Peta H
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Really happy we decided to view the platypus as well as have lunch! Cafe was lovely and food even better! Loved how all the staff cleared the tables very quickly even though wasn't busy and all staff so friendly. The guide walked us down to...More

Thank SueGeelong_Australia
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2017

We are really glad you enjoyed your visit and managed to get some terrific close up views of the Platypus. Robyn Hughes Customer Services.

Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We arrived at the spot at 4 Pm. A young guy was the ranger. He told us what we could see in the upcoming hour. Alas, we did not see a platypus at all. The boy left after 10 minutes while it was a one-hour...More

Thank Peter B
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

We wish to clear up some misconceptions you may be under here. The Platypus Viewing is not a 1 hour event, but is a guided viewing session where the ranger escorts you to the Platypus viewing area, and gives a talk about what to expect,...More

Reviewed 25 August 2017

We went to quite a few places where there was a chance of spotting platypuses in the wild, but this was the only place on our trip where we saw any, and we had around a dozen sightings here, which we were very happy with....More

Thank Brian D
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Glad you enjoyed your visit and the food. Yes many people have high expectations, and the reality of actually seeing the Platypus in the wild can be 'disappointing' to some as they may be expecting a 'Zoo' style viewing or what you might see in...More

Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Really nice place which allows you to sleep in the same park (with our campervan) as the platypuses. There are ~8 spots on a large area, so not crowded at all. They have a great passion for this unique creature. (The food at the Smokehouse...More

Thank Therees12
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

We are glad you enjoyed your visit and stay with your Campervan. We hope the rest of your holiday goes well. Robyn Hughes Customer Services Representative

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Vanessa K
17 August 2017|
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Response from PaulCrameri | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
You are welcome anytime between 9am and 4pm. Platypus viewing takes place every half hour. Our ranger, Garth will take you to the platypus lake and tell you about the platypus. I wish you a good day.
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SImonHarris1
16 May 2016|
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Response from RHughesAUS | Property representative |
We are located on the southern part of the Atherton Tablelands, betwenn Milla Milla and Malanda. Unfortunately we are not reachable by public transport and it would be best to contact various tour operators to see if they do... More
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