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.  
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Booking info

Cost 
$195 per person (includes general admission); $175.50 zoo members
Restrictions 
Patrons under 16 years must be accompanied by a full paying adult. This experience is not recommended for children under 8 years. Patrons need to be physically capable of getting into and out of a shallow pool.
Group size 
Exclusive experience for only two people
Availability 
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun at 11:15am

Bookings essential. 

Bookings can be made by calling
Freecall 1300 966 784

Payment must be made at the time of booking
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