The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes

The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes

The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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. Dining is available in the Smokehouse Cafe, which 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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BlankJim
Cairns Region, Australia128 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Having the serving people stop to draw breath from their conversations with each other would be a reeeeeaaaally good start. We visited on a fine Friday afternoon, during the Lunch session and there were very few customers about. Getting the attention of the staff should have been easy... Now I think I understand why there were so few customers!

I had actually been attracted to the place on the promise of their smoked goods, which have been publicised locally for quite some time now, but not only could I not smell or see them, I couldn't get any answers.
Written June 4, 2021
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Sam B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Awesome little spot, well worth the beautiful roady from Cairns. Donna was great, very friendly and great service.
Spotted 3 platypus while we were there, so cool to see these little guys in their natural environment!
Cafe has a great, laid back country vibe, the beer and cider were delicious and ice cold, and seriously, I had the best hot dog I’ve ever had.
Written November 4, 2022
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Aaron E
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Third time visiting since 2018 and each time saw continuously at least one Platypus fully active. Truly a place to watch this magnificent odd looking creature in the wild. Can see it clearly when it pops up a few meters away. Make sure you put on the GPS ....at Tarzali Lakes so not to confuse with the other place with similar name. Nice Eatery with good selection of food. Good hospitality and atmosphere. About 10 minutes drive from Millaa Millaa Falls. Would definitely visit again when up there travelling. When at the viewing area (7 minutes walk from the Cafe), wait and look around. The Platypus pops up every few minutes. I did morning / noon each visit. There are chairs available at the viewing area. Took pics with my iPhone. Naked eye was more clearer than the pics due to the reflection. Taking Videos are more recommended. Of course a better professional camera and binoculars are recommended although again, the Platypilus occasionally pops up a few meters away and you can see it clearly.
Written November 2, 2023
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bobjanh
Brisbane, Australia2,272 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We stopped here for lunch. Did not chose to pay to walk the grounds to view platypus. Menu was along the lines of burgers but they do cater for gluten free quite well. The food was good but a little on the expensive side.
Written September 11, 2021
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Sharon M
Mackay, Australia5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We finally found this spot after a few challenges with google maps. Sorry to say we were disappointed. The venue is extremely run down. We had read reviews about the fabulous tasting menu, but unfortunately it appears this option is only available to tour groups. Staff were pleasant and the Barra burger we ended up ordering was good, just not what we had hoped to be eating. Platypus viewing was not promoted. We were short for time and so ate and left.
Written May 25, 2022
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CodyMav
Gold Coast, Australia27,287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Just a serene place where you can sit and be entertained watching these little characters.

Being a wild attraction, I guess there is no guarantee to spot one, but I had my first sighting within 10minutes, which helped understand the signs to watch out for, availing numerous further far & near sightings.

A couple of benches there to sit an take it in, make enough time to relax and enjoy this opportunity
Written August 15, 2020
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Lydia H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Fantastic experience. Knowing it wasn't guaranteed we'd see platypus we were so lucky to see 3 while we were there, the first within about 3 mins. The host, Donna, was so lovely and interested in us and our travels. Had lunch there after the platypus viewing, the food was amazing. So worth the visit
Written November 4, 2022
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MinnaUurainen
Jyväskylä, Finland61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
When coming to Australia, I just wanted to see platypus wild and the Sydney opera house. This is propably the best spot to see the platypus. Never realised, how small the animal is. Saw a few platypus and some turtles. The price is reasonable and the walk to the ponds is short enough. After you walk you can enjoy some drinks at the cafe, if you like. Lovely and peaceful place away from the crowds.
Written March 8, 2020
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Julie
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
A wonderful, tranquil place to spent an hour or two. Immaculate spacious grounds that made for easy walking to view the platypus in their natural habitat. Plenty of wildlife.
Very friendly staff .The well set out spacious cafe offered a delicious menu . A great variety of locally smoked produce available to purchase. Came away very impressed and definately will be returning . Julie and Tony.
Written November 21, 2020
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Alan S
Smithfield, Australia12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was a fantastic experience. Cafe/kiosk with meals, drinks and videos on platypus information. Short walk to the viewing pond and only a 10 minute wait before we saw our first platypus. Pond also has turtles. We saw many platypuses and took great photos and video. Ducks around the park also and fish visible in another pond on the way to the platypus pond.
Written January 17, 2020
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