Monotreme Magic

The platypus, with its duck bill and webbed feet, is a unique Australian animal and one of many fascinating creatures that make Tasmania their home.

Along with echidnas, platypuses are the only monotremes, or egg-laying mammals, to be found on earth.

Because they’re so quiet, shy and live mainly underwater, even Tasmanians will often bemoan the fact that they rarely, if ever, get a glimpse of a platypus.

And while echidnas are occasionally observed on the road or waddling across a paddock, it’s not easy to get up close to their spiky round bodies without their pointy noses burrowing into the dirt.

So it’s little wonder that visitors to Platypus House at Beauty Point find observing both these cute critters an unforgettable experience.

In the comfort of an indoor setting and with easy photo opportunities to enjoy, it’s a wonderful activity for all ages.

Every educational tour of the facility includes a tour of the platypus ponds to watch platypuses feeding and playing, a walk through the echidna garden to see echidnas foraging in a bushland setting and an explanation of the biology of both monotremes.

The platypus is one of nature's most intriguing animals.

The platypus is one of nature's most intriguing animals.

The bonus of Platypus House is enjoying a snack or meal in the cafe overlooking the Tamar River, browsing in the gift shop or choosing a favourite flavour from the ice creamery.

Platypus House is open every day except Christmas Day from

9.30am - 4.30pm November to April and 10.00am - 3.30 pm May to October.

Guided tours depart regularly on the hour.

Entry for adults is $24.50, seniors/pensioners/students $22.00,

children (4-15 years inclusive) $10.

For tour bookings or more information call (03) 6383 4884 or visit