Info and Facts about Platypus: The most unusual animal on the planet

Platypus Sightings

The best time to see platypus in the wild is early morning or dusk, although they can sometimes be seen during daylight, particularly on cloudy days.


They are almost impossible to see on land and burrows are virtually invisible from the bank.

The best place to look is around pools and riffles - shallow water with rocks close to the surface - where they prefer to forage.

Platypus have been found in Mullum Mullum Creek (lower reaches), near Doncaster East and Templestowe; Corhanwarrabul Creek, near Stud Road, Rowville; Ferny Creek, near Upper Ferntree Gully; Andersons Creek, Warrandyte; the Maribyrnong River, near Keilor; Diamond Creek, near Eltham; the Upper Plenty River; Toorourrong Reservoir; Watsons Creek (lower reaches); lower Plenty River, near Yallambie; and the Yarra River, at the Bend of Isles and Pound Bend.