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The Australian Platypus Park Overview

Home to a thriving population, pay a visit to The Australian Platypus Park and Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre when next in Tropical North Queensland. Less than one and a half hours’ drive from Cairns, The Australian Platypus Park makes for a great family day trip out of town. Take time to wander the grounds and spot platypuses frolicking in spring fed ponds surrounded by lush vegetation across the park. After exploring the area on a self-guided tour, stop by The Smokehouse Café for a bite to eat and refreshing drinks. Continue an outdoor adventure after lunch with fishing in Tarzali Lakes with equipment, bait and burley available to hire and enjoy a spot of bird watching; recorded sightings of over 132 bird species makes Tarzali Lakes a haven for nature enthusiasts.


A few words from The Australian Platypus Park

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.

Platypus Viewing
All Platypus viewing is done through a self-guided tour. See our friendly staff at the Smokehouse Cafe for up to date information, cost, and directions.

When is the best time to come and see the Platypus?
The best time is 'any time' at the Australian Platypus Park.
Do not believe if anyone tells you the best or only time to see Platypus is early in the morning, or very late in the afternoon as Platypus are very active animals.

Fishing - you will be hooked

With so many fish eager to take your bait at Tarzali Lakes, you will no doubt be able to boast about your fishing prowess! A great activity for all family members, with or without previous fishing experience. All equipment, including bait and burley is available.

Fish feeding

If you prefer not to fish, you may be more comfortable with feeding our fish varieties.

Keep your eye open for one of our resident sea eagles.

Bird watching

There are over 132 recorded bird species at Tarzali Lakes. Head off on a self-guided tour with a pair of binoculars to see how many kind of bird you can find and tick off the list of species that will be provided. Depending on the season, visitors may sight Jabirus, Sea Eagles, Osprey, Kookaburras, Kingfishers and an abundance of water birds.

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The Australian Platypus Park Opening Hours

Open 7 days a week, 10am - 4pm

The Australian Platypus Park Features & Facilities

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