Warrawee Forest Reserve
Warrawee Forest Reserve
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Stu C
Katoomba, Australia11 contributions
Sept 2022
I arrived just after sunrise on an overcast September morning and had the place to myself. I spotted a platypus within minutes, just off the car park.

There's a gravel track that runs into the Warrawee reserve as well as a footpath down by the river. I followed along here and saw numerous platypi gliding along and ducking under the water.

One came quite close to the bank and had a good look at me before disappearing beneath the surface. I spent most of the time (two hours) in the area near the water lookout tower and saw a platypus about every five minutes or so. I'm not sure how many I saw- hard to tell individuals, but I would guess maybe two or three?

Listen for splashes or look for a V shape ripple, as their heads break the surface. It's especially obvious when they're going against the current. Looks a bit like a mini crocodile gliding along (but obviously a very different animal!) At one point I also noticed the reeds and bushes along the riverbank moving, as a platypus seemed to be accessing a burrow.

Stay as quiet as possible. At one point even the sound of my shoe moving on some gravel startled a platypus and it abruptly dove under the water.

One final tip- my GPS took me the wrong way and I ended up down a back road on private property. The car park is down the end of Shale Rd. Follow the Mersey River and you can't go wrong.

A fantastic location with abundant bird life too ( huge flock of Yellow-tailed black cockatoos). Highly recommended when in Northern Tasmania.
Written 26 October 2022
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bobjanh
Brisbane, Australia2,190 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Just south of Latrobe, the forest reserve caters for both walkers and bike riders. The day use and parking area provides excellent facilities.

The walking path along the Mersey River is. Both pleasant and picturesque, providing the opportunity to spot some platypus along the way. We went around the middle of the day and were rewarded with a couple of spotting.
Written 25 September 2022
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Prashant K
5 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
It was closer when we got there. Travelled from launceston as it was on must see list on Latrobe but sadly it was closed and had to return back
Written 19 January 2022
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drron
Sunny Queensland. AUST2,569 contributions
Oct 2020
I used to love going here in the late afternoon and sit on the edge of one of the smaller pools.Invariably a platypus would investigate.A lovely picnic area as well.But a flood in 2016 washed a lot of the infrastructure away.You can no longer drive up to the former picnic area.
the Platypus pond is now biologically dead.No water birds and certainly no platypi.
The council has also turned the hill into a multitude of mountain bike tracks.I used to walk over the hill loking at wildflowers particularly orchids.Too dangerous now for this old fellow.
Still a reasonable walk up alongside the Mersey river but this track no longer as good as it used to be.
Written 9 February 2021
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RestlessMum
Tasmania149 contributions
July 2020 • Friends
Reserve now only permanently open to walk ins from carpark at entry.
A huge attraction to mountain bikers of all ages with Wild Mersey just there.
Written 15 July 2020
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Russell T
Devonport, Australia1 contribution
Dec 2019 • Couples
We had visitors from Japan 🇯🇵 who came specifically to see the Duckbill Platypus and I must say they were not disappointed. They visited the forest at dawn on several occasions and were extremely happy to report that they had spotted several Platypus ducking and diving in the Mersey River
Written 26 December 2019
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Sophia S
Sydney, Australia12 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
The maps available online show that you can drive right up to the 'platypus pond' - this not not so. The road is closed and it is a 10 to 15 minute walk. We went in Jan 2019 and the pond had no water in it. Your best bet is to bring your walking shoes and walk the track along the river, it starts as soon as you pass through the gate to your right. Walk slowly along the river you may see a platypus. We didn't because it was too late in the day (11am).
Written 23 January 2019
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Applanat
Paris, France16 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
Probably ur best chance to look for wild platypus, there a a small walk on bitumen road to the pond, yet we could not see any -around 3pm- best is early early in the morning, tours are at 6am, else if ur really looking for some, try platypus house at beauty point which is approx an hour driving east,
Written 10 December 2018
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Downunderjeep
New Orleans, LA30 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
There is Still a lot of damage from the flooding that occurred two years ago but the platypus were there.
Written 18 October 2018
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Belinda T
3 contributions
Sept 2018 • Family
Take Hamilton rd, past Old Deloraine rd to Wirawee conservation reserve. The rd into the reserve was still closed but we were able to park and walk.
We walked about 500 metres and found a small track along the river. We saw 2 platypus searching for food within about 10 mins and at about 9:30am. Great experience , loved watching them scruffling around the waters edge.
Written 23 September 2018
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Warrawee Forest Reserve: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)