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Published September 30th 2021
Have a coffee in the rainforest
Platypus Lodge Restaurant is strategically located in Eungella National Park, just near Broken River and near the Broken River bush camp and Fern Flat bush camp.
Surrounded by the forest of Eungella National Park and near a river with platypuses and wildlife, Platypus Lodge Restaurant offers a unique experience! You can enjoy a delicious coffee after returning from a walk and exploring the forest or enjoy some fresh food if you stay at the camping grounds.
I camped for three nights at Eungella National Park in the Broken River bush camp. After returning from a walk, I stopped at the Platypus Lodge Cafe with some members of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More. I had fresh scones and a latte and they were all delicious. In particular, the coffee was served separated from the milk in the same glass. That was quite a presentation! Everybody enjoyed their refreshments.
Fresh scones with jam and cream to accompany a beautiful coffee. Photo by Author.
At Platypus Lodge Restaurant, you can have a delicious coffee in the coolness of the mountains and spotting platypuses in the wild. Platypus Lodge Restaurant offers the ultimate rain forest dining experience.
Platypus Lodge Restaurant and Cafe is about one hour west of Mackay on the cool mountains 686 metres above sea level. It is a fantastic place to escape the heat of the city and to experience quality food and great coffee.
If you are camping in Eungella National Park in Broken River bush camp, Platypus Lodge Restaurant is only 200 metres away. Just cross the bridge on Eungella Dam Road and turn right.
Fern Flat camping ground is about 600 metres away from Platypus Lodge Restaurant, where you can have fresh food, homemade cakes and hot coffee.
The River Walk Trail runs along the Broken River where it is possible to spot platypuses swimming in the river. It is quite a unique experience to witness these extraordinary duck-billed, beaver tailed, otter footed, egg-laying mammals which spend most of their time in the water. Together with the echidna, they are the only mammals laying eggs instead of giving birth to live young.
Adults and children alike have a great time spotting the platypuses, endemic to Australia. Along the River Walk, just opposite River bush camp, there is a designated platform ideal to observe the platypuses swimming in the water.
Platypus Lodge Restaurant's motto is "Quality over quantity", offering the best of the dining experience where high-quality standards are applied to food preparation. Quality is certainly more satisfying than quantity, aiming to offer healthy and scrumptious meals.
Platypus Lodge Restaurant certainly stands out for being surrounded by rainforest and by the vicinity of a river with platypuses, but the service and the quality of the food also are unique, making it a fantastic dining experience.