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The Australian Platypus Park & Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre

#2 of 10 things to do in Malanda Features Animals
912 Millaa Millaa-Malanda Rd, Malanda, Queensland 4885, Australia
+61 7 4097 2713
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Platypus all day!

We were here on a wet and drizzly day so wondered as we arrived whether it was going to be possible... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Graeme M
A good bit of fun.

I stopped here on a whim. Never heard of it. It was informative. I was pleased to see the platypus... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
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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 Camping, 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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
7 May 2017
“A good bit of fun.”
11 Apr 2017
“Saw my first platypus. Yay!”
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912 Millaa Millaa-Malanda Rd, Malanda, Queensland 4885, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We were here on a wet and drizzly day so wondered as we arrived whether it was going to be possible to maybe spot a platypus. We should not have been worried! No umbrellas are allowed as the platypus think they are birds so we...More

Thank Graeme M
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park & Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are glad you enjoyed your visit despite the poor weather. The Platypus is an amazing animal, and so uniquely Australian, and we are glad when people see them in the wild like at our park. The Umbrella rule is very important, like the other...More

Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

I stopped here on a whim. Never heard of it. It was informative. I was pleased to see the platypus swimming but a little sad they were so far away. Never got a really good look but it was time well spent

Thank SebastionSt
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park & Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

We are glad you found us and had the time for a visit. The Platypus is a small animal, and the natural environment they live in does mean they sometimes appear small, but they are a very interesting and unique animal to try and see.

Reviewed 4 May 2017

I am an amateur photographer and I love the challenge of capturing wild life on my camera. I could not imagine anything more challenging than photographing a platypus. I was told by the manager that the platypus were shy and sometimes difficult to spot. No...More

Thank rcesare69
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park & Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

We are glad you had a great time and managed to have that camera experience you were after. They do like to play, and their movements and small size mixed with water does tend to make capturing good shots on camera hard, but when you...More

Reviewed 2 May 2017

I wanted to see one so bad. So when we saw this advertised. I said we are going there. We came and we saw. They are here. You walk down to the pond they are in and eventually they will start swimming around and you...More

Thank hazelr918
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park & Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Glad you managed to see our Platypus in action. They are indeed, wonderful animals.

Reviewed 15 April 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...More

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

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

Reviewed 11 April 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...More

Thank BarnsburyBill
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park & Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 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...More

Reviewed 10 April 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...More

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

Reviewed 29 March 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...More

Thank smw45
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park & Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 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...More

Reviewed 13 March 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 :-)More

Thank Skybeau
RHughesAUS, customer services at The Australian Platypus Park & Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 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...More

Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Went there on our way from cairns to mission beach. It's not a spectacular spot but it's definitely worth going there when you're on the road. We had the chance to spot platypus in an natural environment. Tina and Andrew are amazing. Very friendly and...More

1  Thank Manuela S
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park & Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2017

Thank you for your feedback We take seriously your comments. We would like to say we are sorry your experience wasn’t as enjoyable as your previous visits. It seems you came on the days when our chef was away and we were experiencing staffing issues....More

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SImonHarris1
What is the easiest way to get to the Park and lakes from Cairns (we will be staying at the Rydges Tradewinds) by public transport?
16 May 2016|
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Response from RHughesAUS | Property representative |
We are located on the southern part of the Atherton Tablelands, betwenn Milla Milla and Malanda. Unfortunately we are not reachable by public transport and it would be best to contact various tour operators to see if they do... More
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