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“Fantastic place”

The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Malanda
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Anastasia S
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RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Glad you loved your visit.

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 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 all wandering down at the same time as opposed in drinks and drabs so you can get a good spot. Last time we saw more of the little critters than we could count. This time only 2 and we felt hurried as there was another group coming in. I won't be in a hurry to do it again. Shouldn't have messed with a good thing.

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RHughesAUS, Customer Services at The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

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 the experience from our ranger who can answer visitors questions and provide extra information on the Platypus and other plants and wildlife in the area.

As for the number of platypus, they are wild animals and come and go as they please, so sometimes visitors may only see 1 or 2 animals, while others may see lots more depending on the day.

While our guided viewing is guided to the platypus lake itself, you can remain behind to conduct more platypus spotting, or to re-position yourselves to take more photographs if you so wish.

Robyn Hughes
Australian Platypus Park

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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 see tree kangaroos. We made it just in time to see three before dark.

Thank mmgalitz
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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 some up on trip advisor.

Robyn Hughes
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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 purchased the souvenir ponchos and then with our guide walked a few hundred metres down to the lake and immediately started spotting platypus feeding among the lilies and swimming and diving. Tours with a guide go every 30 minutes and I was so glad that we saw them.
We were there at lunchtime so we also decided to eat there and they smoke their own foods so we had to try the smoked barramundi for two. We did not regret this decision!

Thank Graeme M
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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 rules we have in place around Platypus viewing so as not to scare them off, or have them move to more inaccessible parts of the park, so we are very happy you respected out rules and even bought the ponchos to protect yourself from the drizzle.

Robyn Hughes
Customer Services

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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
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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.

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