Duration: 90 Minutes Grade 3: Moderate
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Meet your friendly local guide and set off for this walk just after dawn or before dusk. The trek to the hidden waterhole is short but it’s steep and challenging, and suitable only for people with a good level of mobility.

Only about 5% of the population have been lucky enough to see a platypus in the wild. The elusive platypus is a fascination - a blend of characteristics of different animals into one extraordinary and iconic creature.

The serene destination of our walk is home to several happy platypuses of different sizes, so be sure to join us for this unforgettable and rewarding experience!

Please note that we will need a minimum of 2 people to run this tour.

  • Professional, knowledgeable, and passionate guide(s).
  • Free loan of equipment:
    • Walking poles and coats.
    • Monocular telescope to assist viewing.
  • Morning or afternoon tea.
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There is a maximum number of guests for each tour. To avoid disappointment, book ahead through the website. Bookings can be made in person, at last minute, when on the island. However, there is a possibility that your tour of choice could be fully booked.

The easiest way to pay is when booking online. If you wish to book in person when on the island, credit card payment or cash will be accepted.

All the walks are along the coast of King Island, so the terrain is relatively flat. There may be some short and sharp inclines. Surfaces will include sandy and pebbly beaches, bush tracks through low vegetation, and some rocky sections.

We can provide you with a good day pack, waterproof coats, walking poles and gaiters. King Island’s weather conditions can change rapidly so carrying a waterproof coat is essential.

To avoid snake bites, we require all members of the group to wear gaiters.

We are more than happy if you bring your own pack, walking waterproof coat and/or gaiters, but please remember we can provide these for you.

Some of the walks involve steep unformed tracks. For these walks we will provide all walkers with walking poles.

Please wear clothes suitable for walking outside, including sturdy footwear. Make sure you have worn this footwear on extended walks before.

Please bring along a hat, snacks, any necessary medications, and a full drink bottle.

You will personally need to carry a day pack with the following items:

• Full drink bottle
• Waterproof coat
• Any necessary medication
• Lunch
• Snacks

Note, we can provide you with the day pack and waterproof coat.

Be ready for all seasons!

It is not uncommon to encounter windy conditions with rain squalls.
Walks may be relocated to the other side of the island if conditions are really unpleasant.

If there is a high chance of severe hail or electrical storms walks may be cancelled or postponed.

If there is a high chance of severe electrical storms, or if there is a bushwalkers weather alert in place for the area, walks may be cancelled or postponed. In these circumstances, you may opt for a refund or to book another walk at a later date. See the refund policy FAQ for more details.

Absolutely! Please let us know about your dietary requirements when booking the tour and we will do our best to cater for you.

Snacks and lunch packs are provided by local caterer Amy from Salt & Thyme.

These wholesome, delicious and nutritious meals are thoughtfully prepared, using locally sourced ingredients when available, to provide adequate energy for your walking tour of our beautiful Island home.

Not all walks are suitable for children. Please give us a call to discuss the suitability of a walk for your child. For a child under the age of 18 to join a walk, we require them to be accompanied by a responsible adult and for a parent/carer to provide their consent. Another option is to arrange for a bespoke family walk.

To enjoy the walks, we suggest that people are reasonably fit and active and comfortable walking for a prolonged period of time while carrying a day pack.

Please refer to the track classification, anticipated duration and walk descriptions to gain a better understand of the fitness requirements. If you are unsure, please give us a call.

Note, we can create shorter, bespoke walks upon request.

Due to the nature of the terrain and the activity, it may not be possible to cater for everyone’s special needs. Please contact us to discuss your situation and we will do our best to offer you an enjoyable experience.

Cancellation due to weather or operational circumstances: You will receive a full refund if a tour or walk is cancelled due to the weather or operational circumstances.

Participant cancellation: If you wish to cancel your tour or walks, please inform us via an email. Depending on the timing of the cancellation the following fees apply. Cancellation:

• 2 or more weeks from departure: no charge
• 8-14 days from departure: 25% of the cost
• 3-7 days from departure: 50% of the cost
• Less than 3 days from departure – 100% of the cost

If a participant is late arriving, fails to show or cancels a tour after commencement, no refund will apply. Any changes to tours may incur an administration fee of $50.


Grade 1


Suitable for people with a disability or wheelchair with assistance. No hiking experience required as trails have a flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Hikes generally less than 5km.


Grade 2

Introductory / Moderate

Suitable for most ages and moderate fitness levels. Hikers may be required to carry a light day pack for a half or full day walk. Most of the walk will be on flat but exposed terrain but there may be some sections that are on unmodified track. Walkers may encounter some sections of rocky coastline and/or fence crossings.


Grade 3


These walks suit those with good fitness who are ready for the challenge of a day walk. During these full day walks hikers may be required to carry a full day pack. The routes will be in remote exposed areas. Generally, the routes will follow tracks or beaches but there may be short sections of steep unformed track, rocky coastline, and fence crossings.


Grade 4

Moderate / Challenging

These full day walks are suitable for those with good fitness and hiking experience. Hikers may be required to carry a full day pack and be challenged by steep or unmodified sections of track in remote exposed locations. Track conditions may vary and include unformed tracks and various obstacles.


Grade 5


Suitable for the experience bushwalker. Hikers will need to have excellent fitness that will allow them to carry a pack up 20 kg for an extended overnight hike. Be ready to encounter adverse conditions in exposed isolated areas. Track conditions may vary and include unformed tracks and various obstacles.