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“Scenic excursion” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Paddle with the Platypus

Paddle with the Platypus
Apollo Bay Road, Forrest, Victoria, Australia
0419670985
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Forrest
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Paris, France
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“Scenic excursion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We took this tour to try and see platypus in the wild. It turned out that Lake Elizabeth, the place where you can spot them, is an amazing spot. The walk from the parking to the lake (approximately 30 minutes) was interesting as well, and returning we could see glowing worms in the dark. We enjoyed the trip even though we could only glimpse one platypus, the evening was a little windy which apparently makes it more difficult to spot them.

Visited February 2013
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English first
Black Creek, Canada
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“wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

As first time visitors to Australia one of the animals we wanted to see in the wild was platypus so when my wife found this tour on the web we booked ASAP. The tour didn't disappoint us as the experience of seeing 5 of these shy, odd little creatures in the wild at sunset was incredible. Along with our guide, he was very good, we were the only people on the lake which only added to the enjoyment of floating on the lake watching the platypus. This tour is very good value for the money and Elizabeth Lake is a pretty spot in its own right. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Visited July 2013
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“A real surprise. Thoroughly enjoyable!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Even though it was wet - it was an awesome experience. We stayed locally in Forrest which is the trick. Met Christie our guide and drove a short way down to Lake Elizabeth. Even the walk to the lake was stunning. The rainforest is stunning. The sights and sounds and smells are miles away from suburbia. Once on the lake in lashed canoes we were transported to a tranquil place - gliding on the surface was a thrill I never expected. We were lucky to see at least 3 platypus. You have to be patient - this isn't a trip for those that need instant gratification - its an experience which is gorgeous. Whats better than sitting on the lake watching the sun set through the mist and fog - oh and having a hot milo with tim tams - its doesn't get any better than that.

Oh and last but not least - walking back in the dark we got see glow worms - what a sight to behold! Seeing the sides of the path dimly illuminated with little lights which were all the worms coming out. Surreal.

Visited April 2013
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Paris, France
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“so so”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

the problem with this tour was the timing. if you are staying in apollo bay you either have to get up at the crack of dawn...or....drive back in town (and its a fair drive in the dark along windy roads) that said, the tour guide was nice. the tour was good but we didnt see much platipus. perhaps i had my hopes raised too much. i would only do this tour if you have lots of time in apollo bay. otherwise i'd stick with the coast as there is soo much to see down there

Visited December 2012
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Newcastle, Australia
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Great experience. Just floating around in a canoe on a still calm beautiful lake in the middle of nowhere would almost be worth the money, but seeing several platypus in the wild made it absolutely worthwhile. Had a great evening, and would definitely recommend it for anyone interested.

Visited January 2013
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