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“Wonderful day! Not to be missed!!”

The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Malanda
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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 Fishing, 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase
Reviewed April 15, 2017 via mobile

We visited The Australian Platypus Park yesterday with our young kids (3,7,10,12) and we had a fantastic day.
Although these animals are shy and rare, we saw at least 5!!!
We also had a really nice lunch with wonderful views to the lake.
Great service of the friendly staff
Highly recommended
Udi and Shira

Thank Udi D
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RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2017

Glad you had a wonderful visit, and the kids saw the Platypus at play.

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Reviewed April 11, 2017

We we spotted the Park entrance while driving past, and turned round to visit on a whim. And am I glad we did. OK we had to wait by the lake half an hour, but suddenly there were two platypus swimming around in front of us. So I've now seen in the wild something few others have. Tina was a great host, giving lots of insight, and the cake was pretty good too.

Thank BarnsburyBill
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RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

We are glad you decided to turn around and pay us a visit.
The Platypus is a amazing little animal and we are happy you were able to see two of them swimming around.
Glad you loved the cake, we love it as well.

Robyn Hughes
Customer Services

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Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

Fishing lakes that have found they attract platypus which thankfully the owners are now ensuring are protected and cared for. Little cafe and informative briefing before you are sent off with a few hints on best chance of viewing the little fellows. We spent an hour and saw at least 5 individuals and managed a few decent photos. Patience is critical as with any wildlife watching though!

Thank Karen H
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RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2017

I am glad you managed to see 5 of them when you visited.
We would love to see your photos, could you please post them on trip advisor or our facebook page so we can share them with the world.

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Reviewed March 29, 2017 via mobile

I think that from my experience and that of other reviewers that it is wrong to "guarantee " a sighting .
I would have been quite happy to pay the $6 without such a promise as this leads to unrealistic expectations
Clearly the owners know this as otherwise we would have been asked what we saw when we got back
Would also advise NOT to have the coffee- the worst I have had in Australia
The cake was fine

Thank smw45
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RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2017

We are sorry if you did not get to see any Platypus on your visit. Unfortunately since they are not caged animals sometimes seeing one can be difficult.
You should have approached one of our staff and let them know that you did not see any Platypus on your visit and we would have provided some assistance.

With regards to the poor quality coffee, the coffee machine was having problems which have since been fixed.

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Reviewed March 13, 2017

Thanks to Tina for your very informative platypus talk! Unfortunately we failed to see a platypus. Kudos for giving us a pass to come back again though, nice touch :-)

Thank Skybeau
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RHughesAUS, customer services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2017

Pity you did not see the Platypus on the day, and with that pass you can visit us again to try and spot the Platypus.
As you can see from other reviewers, people lately have been very fortunate to see 2-5 Platypus playing in our ponds at a time.

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