Welcome to the Australian Platypus Park

Platypus — Fishing — Camping — Smokehouse Cafe

Platypus most lively during the day!

Open every day.

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The Australian Platypus Park is now under new management.

Terry who has been with us for a while now is the new on-site manager and is looking forward to his new role at the park.

We also welcome Daniel as our new chef. Daniel is an experienced chef with 7 years in the industry and we are looking forward to the meals that will be coming out of the Smokehouse Cafe under their direction.

Our smokehouse master David Hoffman has new recipes which you can experience at the Smokehouse Cafe.

We are also planning a Bush Tucker walk showing some of the rare fruit and other trees and plants and will be releasing more information about this new attraction over the coming weeks.

We wish Peter the former manager well.


The Park and its natural surroundings are a place of interest for families and groups wanting to participate in activities such as platypus tours, fishing, camping and dining at the Smokehouse Cafe.

If you are touring the region, please consider Tarzali Lakes as a worthy stopover that will provide something of interest and enjoyment for everyone.

We also host special events such as weddings, birthday and Christmas parties, staff functions and community fundraisers. If you are interested in booking a special event wih us please contact us.

Enjoy our licensed Smokehouse Cafe with a range of good values meals, beer, wine and softdrinks.

Platypus breeding season - January to March
The platypus breeding season runs from January to March - During this time, our friends are a bit more reclusive than normal.

The Platypus lake is a natural habitat and the Platypus are not a captive population with easily accessible burrows and up close and personal sightings like those held in wildlife parks and zoos, and even then they can be hard to spot. This means the Platypus are free to roam all over the lake area and can make spotting them difficult.

At this time of year Platypus spotting can be more difficult as he females are looking after the young in the burrows, only leaving to eat before returning to care for their young.

And what are the Males doing while the females look after the young? What they normally do, they do not look after the young at all, and do not concern themselves with the burrows.

Please be patient when spotting Platypus at this time of year, you can still see them at the Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes.

We do have a 99% viewing success rate for the second rarest sighted animal in the world, and if you are having trouble with spotting the Platypus please ask our friendly staff for some advise about spotting. They may even if they have a few minutes accompany you back to the Platypus Lake and help you spot them - but we can be very busy at times and we may not be able to accompany you.