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The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes

#3 of 10 things to do in Malanda Features Animals
912 Millaa Millaa-Malanda Rd | Minbun, Malanda, Queensland 4885, Australia
+61 7 4097 2713
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Great Attraction and Cafe.

We stopped for lunch and the food was excellent and the staff very helpful. I went for a walk to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
helenblank
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Yungaburra, Australia
Fantastic place

Love this place! Reasonably priced food with huge servings. Friendly, welcoming staff and beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Anastasia S
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good21%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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912 Millaa Millaa-Malanda Rd | Minbun, Malanda, Queensland 4885, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped for lunch and the food was excellent and the staff very helpful. I went for a walk to see the wild Platypus. It has 1 Male and 10 Females in the lake. We spotted about 4 bobbing up and down in the lake...More

Thank helenblank
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place! Reasonably priced food with huge servings. Friendly, welcoming staff and beautiful surroundings. Will definitely be back!

Thank Anastasia S
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you loved your visit.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this little place a year ago. It was great so made sure we came back again. Unfortunately it has changed owners and you can no longer self tour. You go out with a designated group. Meaning there are a large number of people...More

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RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are sorry your visit did not live up to your previous visits, but with greater demand and human impact on seeing the platypus we have had to institute some visitor controls such as reintroducing guided viewing to help protect the Platypus and to enhance...More

Reviewed 24 June 2017

Thank you for all the tips in spotting platypus in your lake. We saw several and after asking nicely, a platypus actually came up close enough that we could stare it in the eyes. And a double thank you for the tip on where to...More

Thank mmgalitz
RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2017

Glad you managed to see the Platypus up close and personal as well as Tree Kangaroos. We hope you managed to get some excellent photos of the Platypus and the Tree Kangaroos, and we would love to see them if you would like to put...More

Reviewed 19 June 2017

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 at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2017

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 8 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 at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 17 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 5 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 at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 17 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 at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

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

Reviewed 16 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 at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

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

Reviewed 12 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 at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 13 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

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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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