See Platypus in the wild at
Platypus Viewing Platform, 4434 Gillies Hwy, East Barron, QLD
Open 24 / 7
Getting to see platypus in the wild, one of the more elusive Australian Native Animals, is high on the Bucket List for many tourists visiting Australia.
Early Australian explorers first thought that the Platypus was a fake animal, some mythical creature made up to confuse. No one could believe that an animal existed with such an unusual combination of features; swim underwater, have a beak and webbed feet like a duck, a tail like a beaver, fur like an otter, lay eggs but produce milk to feed their young.
Seeing a Platypus in the wild is almost impossible, unless you know exactly where to look. Yungaburra is one of the those locations where the Platypus love to swim and are easy for tourists to spot.
At Yungaburra there is a viewing platform that has been specially designed so you can observe the platypus in their natural environment without disturbing them.
You can also walk across the bridge and down the track which goes below the road. The track follows alongside the Peterson Creek where platypus are frequently seen.
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Best time for this activity
Platypus are generally most active around dawn, dusk and during the night. However, you still may see them at Yungaburra during the middle of the day.
Yungaburra to Cairns – 1 hr 9 min (67.4 km) via State Route 52 and Bruce Hwy/A1
There is a small parking area just near the viewing platform.
What you should bring/wear
Wear comfortable walking clothes and don’t forget your camera.
There are several places down by the creek that are perfect for a picnic.
Some tips on spotting Platypus:
* keep noise to a minimum
* best viewing times are dawn and dusk
* watch the surface of the water for bubbles or ripples
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a platypus a mammal? Yes, a platypus is a mammal because it has fur and feeds its young.
Is the platypus poisonous? Yes, the male platypus has a spur (platypus stinger) on their back feet that secretes poison. Platypus poison claws are not life-threatening to humans but can be extremely painful.
Do platypus lay eggs? Yes, the platypus is one of 5 egg laying mammals known as monotremes.
Can you keep platypus as pets? No, they cannot be legally kept as pets in Australia.
Where to stay nearby
- Blue Summit Cottages, Yungaburra, Qld
- Silky Oak Chalet, Yungaburra, Qld
- Eden House, Yungaburra, Qld
- Yungaburra Hotel
- The Summit Rainforest Retreat-Atherton Tablelands
- Lilly Pilly House – Atherton
- Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers’ Cabin
What to see nearby :
Things to do in Yungaburra
- Milla Milla Falls
- Curtain Fig Tree Yungaburra, Curtain Fig National Park
Things to do in Atherton
- The Crystal Caves
- Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
- The Waterfall Circuit
Popular Atherton Tablelands Tours
Full-day food and wine tasting tour of the Atheron Tablelands from Port Douglas
Enjoy tours and tastings of wineries, artisan producers, distilleries and coffee plantations
Sample a range of local specialties like tropical fruit wines, homemade fudge and dried dragon fruit
Spot platypus in their natural environment
Travel by comfortable minibus
Small group tour ensures a personalized experience.
Guided wildlife–spotting tour of Atherton Tablelands rainforest
Follow interpretive rainforest walking trails to see native wildlife in their natural environment
Look for animals such as the shy platypus, Lumholtz tree kangaroos, and tree frogs
Enjoy afternoon tea at Lake Barrine, a natural volcanic crater lake
Go platypus spotting at dusk
Enjoy dinner at a country restaurant
Small-group tour with a maximum of 11 participants provides a more intimate experience
- Full-day tour of the Atherton Tablelands from Cairns
- Admire the castle and waterfall of Paronella Park on a guided tour
- Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, entrance fees and round-trip transport from Cairns
- Enjoy your choice between three itineraries