Where is it? Freshwater lakes and rivers on the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range.

They’re elusive critters, these monotremes, so it’s not easy to spot a platypus in the wild. Good spotting spots include the southern Blue Mountains of NSW, Eungalla National Park near Mackay in Queensland, and the Warrawong Earth Sanctuary in the Adelaide Hills. Lonely Planet’s Tony Wheeler says his most rewarding platypus-spotting experiences have been in Tasmania. The best time of day to spot one is after dawn and dusk, when they are at their most active.

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