Where to see platypus in Tasmania

Tasmania offers several excellent locations for spotting platypus in the wild. Here are some top spots:

Best platypus spots in Burnie:

  • Fernglade Reserve
  • Upper Natone Forest Reserve
  • Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden


Where can I see platypus elsewhere in Tasmania?

North West

  • Warrawee Reserve, 5 minutes south of Latrobe, off Shale Road.
  • Mersey River, Latrobe and the ‘platypus pool’ are a short distance from the old Deloraine Road junction. Visitors can schedule guided tours at the Hall of Fame's Information Centre.
  • Meander River, Deloraine Riverbank reserve, jetty or footbridge near the caravan park.
  • Waratah Lake's southern shore, away from the main street. Beautiful lakes line the left side of the road leading into town.
  • Stanley, platypus twilight tour with Wilderness Tasmania Tours
  • Sassafras Creek, Mole Creek just downstream from Union Bridge. .
  • Tasmanian Arboretum in Eugenana, 12 kilometres south of Devonport.
  • Strahan - Botanical Creek on the way to Hogarth Falls.
  • Taylor's Flats Picnic Area, Loongana. Explore along the River Leven.


Central Highlands

  • Little Pine Lagoon (Central Highlands)
  • Cradle Mountain – Ronny Creek (more common) and Dove Lake (less common)
  • Platypus Bay, Lake St Clair 1.5km along the track, after crossing the Watersmeet Bridge you will come to the platypus lookout hide.



  • Taylor's Flats Picnic Area or anywhere else along the River Leven Loongana
  • Northeast Park, Scottsdale
  • Platypus House, Beauty Point Guided Tour
  • Meander Riverbank reserve (Deloraine):. Check out the small jetty or stand in the middle of the footbridge near the caravan park. Guided tours are available at the Hall of Fame's Information Centre.



  • Tyenna River and the park's creeks near Westerway, the area around the Possum Shed Cafe with a guided tour.
  • Salmon Ponds in Plenty
  • Heritage Park, Geevston ‘Platypus Walk’ with a designated platypus viewing platform. (Kermandie River)
  • Snug Falls, 30 minutes south of Hobart Keep an eye out for platypus along the Snug River while visiting the falls.
  • Huon Valley Caravan Park
  • Tywnald Park, New Norfolk


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