Bombala Platypus Reserve
Bombala Platypus Reserve
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  • AmatureTourist
    Melbourne, Australia200 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit.
    A small viewing platform o the bank of a picturesque river. Easy access for all straight from the carpark. Good information boards and signage. The recommendation is to go early or late in the day, however we visited at around midday and were still lucky enough to spot an active platypus. Town is only up the road, with fuel and fuel options.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 29 June 2023
  • aldavril
    Wollongong, Australia1,205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Platypus Reserve
    Early morning or late afternoon best times for seeing a bit of action. We visited in a quiet time and we were the only ones. Beautiful area. Great raised viewing platform or you can walk on the bank. Information boards are so very interesting. Nice spot to stop for a bit and chill. It’s really beautiful and although they can be a bit shy we did see a couple splashing around. Well worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Edizzlefoodreviews
    Canberra, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Platypus sighted at midday - very happy
    I was just turning into Bombala when I saw a sign that said 'Platypus Reserve 3km' so I thought why not? Got a little bit lost trying to find it as there were some cows on the road blocking my view of the entry sign, but once I got there it took about 5 minutes before I saw my first platypus. I went at midday, and saw around 3 platypus, coming up to the surface about every minute. A lovely spot, with a great boardwalk too. Also saw a big lizard. Will stop by again if I'm in the area.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Jamesmoran11
    Sydney, Australia34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic spot to see the Platypus
    Let me start by saying its a long way from Sydney. I didn't realize its was quite that far and arrived later than I hoped. I have had many other fruitless trips looking for the little beast and seen...... nothing. The best encounter had been with a water rat and although good it wasn't a platypus. " oh shame, you should have been here yesterday, they were everywhere" seemed to ring in my ears whenever I ventured out on the hunt. Friends have stopped by the side of country rivers for a wizz and seen 5 frolicking in one quick stop. The road in was a bit sporting and more like a dirt track. Although unsuitable for a Ferrari any family type sedan will be fine. Arriving there were nice car parks, informative signs and a big viewing platform. I came prepared for the long wait with deck chair, food, drinks, binoculars and camera. I parked the car and thought I will just pop down to the platform for a quick look before I unpacked everything and trekked down. Looking over the river there was a big stick directly in front of the platform. After about 10 seconds this ducked under the water and I realized it was a platypus. Directly in from of the platform, right at the waters edge, just a stones throw away. Not having a stone I contented myself with seeing if it would come up again which it did. It swam around quite happily for the next 30 minutes. I got the binoculars and camera and watched it frolic. After 30 mins it started to rain so I went back to the car and off to the local RSL for dinner. This was great. A good schnitzel with a generous serving of mushroom sauce and crispy chips. Platypus ticked off the list. A couple of observations. They are quick and don't loiter on the surface. They seem to pop up at random just to torment you. The river is quite wide so unless you have a telephoto lens 6 foot long you will have to be lucky to get a decent photo. Even then I did have a decent lens and by the time you spot it, find it with the limited view in the lens and snap the shot its just a great photo of a splash. Having said that I did have a lot of fun trying.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 November 2023
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DiscoverAndEnjoy
Comox, Canada407 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We drove way off the beaten track to find this place, and it really is just an interpretive stand overlooking a river along a gravel road. They say come 'early' morning but no indication of what that is to try and see a platypus, but without binoculars and any indicators of where they commonly swim, you are just staring at a river. Kudos though on protecting the area, it's just not much of a visitor thing to do!
Written 8 April 2024
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Jamesmoran11
Sydney, Australia34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Let me start by saying its a long way from Sydney. I didn't realize its was quite that far and arrived later than I hoped. I have had many other fruitless trips looking for the little beast and seen...... nothing. The best encounter had been with a water rat and although good it wasn't a platypus. " oh shame, you should have been here yesterday, they were everywhere" seemed to ring in my ears whenever I ventured out on the hunt. Friends have stopped by the side of country rivers for a wizz and seen 5 frolicking in one quick stop.
The road in was a bit sporting and more like a dirt track. Although unsuitable for a Ferrari any family type sedan will be fine. Arriving there were nice car parks, informative signs and a big viewing platform.
I came prepared for the long wait with deck chair, food, drinks, binoculars and camera. I parked the car and thought I will just pop down to the platform for a quick look before I unpacked everything and trekked down.
Looking over the river there was a big stick directly in front of the platform. After about 10 seconds this ducked under the water and I realized it was a platypus. Directly in from of the platform, right at the waters edge, just a stones throw away. Not having a stone I contented myself with seeing if it would come up again which it did. It swam around quite happily for the next 30 minutes. I got the binoculars and camera and watched it frolic.
After 30 mins it started to rain so I went back to the car and off to the local RSL for dinner. This was great. A good schnitzel with a generous serving of mushroom sauce and crispy chips.
Platypus ticked off the list.
A couple of observations.
They are quick and don't loiter on the surface.
They seem to pop up at random just to torment you.
The river is quite wide so unless you have a telephoto lens 6 foot long you will have to be lucky to get a decent photo. Even then I did have a decent lens and by the time you spot it, find it with the limited view in the lens and snap the shot its just a great photo of a splash. Having said that I did have a lot of fun trying.
Written 22 November 2023
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Edizzlefoodreviews
Canberra, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I was just turning into Bombala when I saw a sign that said 'Platypus Reserve 3km' so I thought why not? Got a little bit lost trying to find it as there were some cows on the road blocking my view of the entry sign, but once I got there it took about 5 minutes before I saw my first platypus. I went at midday, and saw around 3 platypus, coming up to the surface about every minute. A lovely spot, with a great boardwalk too. Also saw a big lizard. Will stop by again if I'm in the area.
Written 28 September 2023
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aldavril
Wollongong, Australia1,205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Early morning or late afternoon best times for seeing a bit of action. We visited in a quiet time and we were the only ones. Beautiful area. Great raised viewing platform or you can walk on the bank. Information boards are so very interesting. Nice spot to stop for a bit and chill. It’s really beautiful and although they can be a bit shy we did see a couple splashing around. Well worth a visit.
Written 15 August 2023
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AmatureTourist
Melbourne, Australia200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
A small viewing platform o the bank of a picturesque river. Easy access for all straight from the carpark. Good information boards and signage.
The recommendation is to go early or late in the day, however we visited at around midday and were still lucky enough to spot an active platypus.
Town is only up the road, with fuel and fuel options.
Written 29 June 2023
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Millefleurs
Bendigo, Australia180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
The Platypus Reserve is located about 5 kms west of the town, off the Delegate Road, near the Racecourse. It is a delightful location with lovely views over the Bombala River from the picnic benches and the viewing platform. A great place for a picnic.
The best times to visit are in the morning or late afternoon when the platypuses come out for feeding. I watched for quite some time from the platform without seeing anything, then, just as I got ready to return to the car, I saw two of them slip from the opposite bank into the water. I watched them for about 10 minutes as they travelled downstream out of my sight. WOW!
Written 23 June 2022
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HeyJude49
Victoria, Australia147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Although we saw no platypus, we found it to be a great spot to "linga-longa". the reserve was nicely landscaped, however, there had been no ongoing maintenance, and the gardens were overgrown with weeds which spoiled the whole effect.
Written 20 February 2022
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Chicken Kebab
Australia1,668 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
This is really worth the 3 km detour. A peaceful and picturesque spot on the Bombala river. The timing was perfect with a Cunningham Skink sunning itself on a rock next to the lookout. Apparently if you are really patient you can see a Platypus coming up for air. Plenty of signage explaining the resident wildlife and recently renovated with new tables and seats and wheelchair access.
Written 18 December 2021
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Skeney57
Sydney, Australia21,999 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Didn't actually go at the best time to view our shy little marsupials, early or late, when I'm either in bed or the pub, in other words! Or when the covid drama is over I might be in the pub early?? A good set up with history/info boards, disabled access to the viewing platform and shaded seating and if you time it right you will see one! Closest we came was the stuffed model in the NPWS Office in Bombala, just my luck!
Written 1 March 2021
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George M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Solo
I went to the reserve in the morning and found platypus going about their lives soon after arriving. I've seen platypus at the zoo before but never in wild until that morning. There were also a few species of birds there as well.
Written 1 January 2021
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