Healesville Sanctuary

Wade with the Platypus

It’s not every day you get to see a Platypus close up, let alone give one of these elusive creatures a tickle! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close to these incredibly playful and affectionate animals and learn more about this unique Australian mammal. 

In this unique hands-on experience it will be your turn to be the Platypus keeper. You will have the opportunity to step into the shallow water of the ‘Platypus play pool’ where it’s normally the keeper’s job to play, frolic, tickle and feed our little furry friends. 

Your experience begins by greeting the keepers and then listening to the Platypus visitor presentation. The tour then takes you into the working environment of the Sanctuary where you will be briefed by our keepers and step into waders over the top of your clothes, allowing you to enter the Platypus pool. You will have the opportunity to touch, play and feed one of our Platypus inside their play pool.

This is a world-first animal experience and you will be one of the few people to have been one on one with such an amazing Australian animal. 

Please note:

  • Patrons need to be physically capable of getting into and out of a shallow pool with the use of a pool wall ladder and without assistance.
  • As these animals are sensitive to bright light, there is to be no flash photography during the experience.
  • This experience is conducted in a controlled low light setting which cannot be adjusted.