Platypus

Have you ever wanted to meet a platypus? Have you ever wanted to go diving in a rainforest? Hey, why not combine both? Mackay region offers the unique chance to go diving in its crystal clear waters WHILST meeting one of the world’s most elusive animals, the Australian platypus. Broken River in Eungella National Park and Oliver’s Pool near Finch Hatton Gorge are recognised as the world’s best place to see these unusual semi-aquatic egg-laying mammals. 


Eungella National Park is located 90km west of Mackay, offering  over 22 kilometres of bushwalking tracks, breathtaking views and pristine swimming holes. Numerous accommodation options are available including a platypus bushcamp. This extremely shy creature is tough to spot, but your best chance of seeing it is at sunrise or sunset. Make sure to stay very quiet, and follow the trail of bubbles which indicates where the platypus will surface.



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Platypus Lodge Restaurant and Cafe

Broken River, Mackay Area
  • Free WiFi
Platypus Lodge Restaurant and Cafe is run by an amiable chef owner, in the cool mountain tranquillity of Eungella National Park - Broken River section next to the Information Centre, about 80 kilometres west of Mackay, where you can escape from the tropical heat and only metres from the best place in the world to view a platypus in the wild, offers The Ultimate Rain-forest  Alfresco Dining Experience.

Platypus Viewing at Broken River

Eungella, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Eungella National Park, approximately a one hour drive west of Mackay, is home to one of the most reliable spots in Australia to spot the elusive platypus - in the wild! From the viewing decks at Broken River, spot this shy creature in it's natural habitat, as well as turtles and other wildlife in this beautiful National Park.

Rainforest Scuba

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
  • Free WiFi
Enjoy this world first experience diving in the rainforest in crystal clear waters where platypus live and play. Will you be one of the few in the water with a platypus in natural conditions? You will see at least four breeds of turtles and heaps of fish.
A wonderland of waterfalls, refreshingly cool rainforest and the chance to see a platypus in the wild beckons exploration in Eungella National Park. Australia's longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest, Eungella, (pronounced young-ge-lah), is a must-see attraction.

Broken River

Eungella, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Located within the cool tranquillity of Eungella National Park, Broken River is touted as one of the best locations in the world to see a rare marsupial in the wild, a platypus. A little over a one hour drive from Mackay, travel through the picturesque Pioneer Valley and climb the mountain range to Eungella township.

Teemburra Dam

Pinnacle, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Located in the picturesque Pioneer Valley, Teemburra Dam is approximately 50 kilometres west of Mackay City on a fully sealed road. The dam is a nature-lover's paradise. Made up of a mass of inlets and coves, it is easy to become entranced with the birds, fish and platypus which inhabit the area.
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