King Island is one of the best places in the world to view platypus in the wild, one of Australia’s most elusive creatures. While many places promise platypus sightings, King Island Rambles’ Puddle with the Platypus is the only place to boast 100% success rate (every tour since they began in March 2011).

(See this testimony from Dr. Julian Hume, Avian palaeontologist at London’s Natural History Museum.)   

Tours involve a challenging 20 minutes scramble to a tranquil waterhole, where platypus sightings usually consist of 4-12 platypus of various sizes surfacing on the water. Platypus can be seen anywhere from 50 to just a few metres away.  Participants can also volunteer to monitor platypus sightings.  This data is collected in collaboration with the Australian Platypus Conservancy.

Please bring:  Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes, rain jacket (if inclement weather), camera and binoculars and any necessary medication such as an asthma puffer.  Having both hands free for the walk is essential.

For bookings and further details contact Ondrea.

Distance:  800 metres

Grade:       Difficult

Times:       8:00 – 9.30am Saturdays & Tuesdays

(other times may be possible on special request)

Includes:   Tea/ coffee & breakfasty treats

Exclusive guidance to this hidden treasure

Prices:        Adult $40, Child $10, Family $90

Important: Although the walk is relatively short, it is an arduous descent and climb through bush and fallen timber.  Participants must be fit and have good mobility.