Platypus Park

Platypus Park, Atherton: Address, Phone Number, Platypus Park Reviews: 3.5/5

Platypus Park
3.5

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Bella K
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Sep 2020 • Couples
Don’t get this place confused with the ‘Australian Platypus Park’ at Tarzali Lakes. We went looking for the platypus sanctuary and ended up at this one on Herberton Rd via google and trip advisor. This one has a cute old train cafe... but no platypuses (lady in the cafe said they used to be there, but ran away). If you want to see guaranteed platypus sightings, head to the sanctuary on Malanda Millaa Millaa Rd. The one with the Smokehouse cafe. We stumbled on the right one by driving past it on the way to Millaa Millaa. Saw 3-4 adorable little platypuses keeping very busy in the lake. You need to be patient and they will turn up after about 10 mins if you don’t see them straight away. Definitely worth a visit. Our first time seeing wild platypus and it was amazing.
Written September 4, 2020
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Giustina R
Millaa Millaa, Australia10 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
Please be aware - there is Platypus Park in Atherton, with an old railway carriage and cafe on the Atherton - Herberton Rd. Great for viewing ducks in the water hole.
The other is Platypus Park at Tarzali - on the Malanda - Millaa Millaa Rd. This place has a large viewing water hole for platypus, a cafe serving local foods including their own smoked goods plus limited camping/van sites are available.
Written November 22, 2017
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LA0401
Marsden, Australia26 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
We seen this place on the Atherton Guides and maps and it said guaranteed to see Platypus. We paid the $17 and the two of us headed off with a tour guide. The guide was talking on the way to the viewing area and we couldn't hear him from the back so would recommend a talk about the Platypus before going thru the gate to see them. There were several we seen but were disappointing some people didn't obey the rules of do not point at them. We waited until everyone left and got good photos of one of the Platypus.
Written July 11, 2017
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Renae A
Scarborough, Australia45 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Stopped here on our way to Milla Milla falls (amazing btw) and decided to pay the $6 to see some platypus. Didn't see anything but the man and woman running the place were pleasant enough to make the stop not too bad
Written March 2, 2017
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Jen R
London, UK547 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
We visited here in the hope of seeing a platypus. We had a quick talk over the rules and got some info on spotting a platypus.

It costs $6 per person to view the platypus; presumably because it is on private land. There is a small area where you stand, and look across the lake and try to spot the bubbles. It wasn't easy to spot as the turtles are a bit of a decoy! We think we spotted one from a distance, but it wasn't easy and we were a bit disappointed with the distance you have to spot them from, and that not all the lake is even visible from the viewing spot.

We then went to the free Peterson creek at Yungaburra which isn't much further down the road, and saw one closer for free. However you might like the cafe and be luckier.
Written April 4, 2017
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JoDo43
Queensland, Australia136 contributions
Aug 2015
Platypus Park itself is really nothing much. There is a toilet block and a bit of a creek there, so its a nice spot for a coffee or picnic lunch. However, across the creek is the wonderful heritage Chinese Temple complex and the Old Post Office Gallery, which has local artists exhibitions which go for a month each.
Across Herberton road is the start of the newly opened Rail Trail walks, which take you along the creek and onto Tolga, and even as far as Mareeba if you want. The trail follows the old railway line so is wide and flat, and you get to see quite a variety of things you normally wouldn't notice in and around towns.
Written September 30, 2015
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Smurfilli
Kuranda24 contributions
May 2015 • Family
This was lovely and the grandkids really enjoyed themselves. They actually made so much racket about what they could see here and there.

My grandaughter actually got off a rather nice photo of a platypus that actually popped its head up for a sticky-beak.

I was personally a little dubious about the place on the outset, but overall this was a very enjoyable day.
Written June 6, 2015
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CarrieGusAljure
Kwajalein Island, Marshall Islands65 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
Arrived about 45 minutes before closing time (10-4 hours), and friendly owner happily accepted the fee to see the platypus. He directed us to walk across the property past a fish pond and once we got to the natural reserve/habitat, we read the instructions on a large board (keep talking, if you're quiet you are a predator, and no pointing as it's a sign of aggression, etc.). Waited until closing with two kids and the only sighting was plenty of small turtles. Not a single platypus! Even more interesting was the fact that the owner was also unseen once we returned! Disappeared! We assume it was so we couldn't ask for a refund? Very disappointed. Only good thing is they have restroom facilities, but you aren't allowed to use them unless you pay! I really want to rate this terrible, but perhaps the time wasn't right for viewing. We were there 3-4 pm.
Written April 10, 2015
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marydeetravels
Santa Barbara, CA39 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We visited on a recent tour of the Tablelands. After a nice chat with the owner, we headed off to one of the side coves where we were treated close views of several platypus paddling about. They aren't really spectacular to look at but such unusual mammals that I'd heard about first as a child an really wanted to see. The park has an interesting history. The owner originally intended to use the site for crawfish ponds which he planned to harvest and sell. Then he was invaded by platypus which recognized a good food source so they stayed and flourished. So...now the site is a platypus viewing area with fishing for locals.
Written October 16, 2014
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CodyMav
Gold Coast, Australia27,608 contributions
Aug 2020
Just south of Atherton, this nice little spot has plenty of off-street parking, and a little walk down to the waters where lots of duck await. You need to look into the bank edges for the Platypus
Written October 18, 2020
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