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Published August 14th 2017
A close encounter of the wildlife kind
Australia is known for its weird and wonderful wildlife and very few creatures come weirder than the platypus and their distant cousins, the echidna. At Platypus House, in the middle of the northern coast of Tasmania, you can get up close and personal with these remarkable creatures. All the inhabitants of Platypus House are local rescues, animals that have been injured and lovingly nursed back to health, but were unable to be returned to the wild. Now they spend their days living the good life, while teaching us humans all about their role in Australia's fragile eco-system.
Located at Beauty Point in the stunning Tamar Valley, Platypus House is just 40 minutes drive from Launceston. When you join one of their educational tours, you will get to see the platypus and echidnas feed and play as they go about their normal routine. You can look forward to meeting Big Jupiter, Poppy, Dawn, Freya and Dusk in the platypus ponds. My favourite part of the tour is when they bring out the echidnas; I have always had a soft spot for these little guys. Thomas and his friends will steal your heart as they amble around your feet and show off their incredibly long tongues.
The facility is indoors, so rain, hail or shine, you can expect to have a great experience at Platypus House. There is a cafe for refreshers, and a great little souvenir shop with some truly unique gifts available. Platypus House may not be a big place, but it is a truly wonderful experience, and plays its part in educating the world about our wonderful environment. To get here from Launceston, take the A7, making sure you follow it to the right after Beaconsfield.