Paddle with the Platypus

View the Getaway – Truffle Lodge and Derwent River Kayak story

Why not swap the steering wheel for a paddle for a few hours and jump on board Tassie Bound’s multi award-winning kayak adventure?

Explore a little deeper below the surface of the Derwent Valley’s idyllic countryside and you might find yourself catching a glimpse of our not so shy but still very wild local resident; the platypus.

With “the bill of a duck, the body of an otter, and the tail of a beaver”, this evolutionary relic has a long history of confounding humans and puzzling scientists.

Unlike other iconic Tasmanian species like the pesky possum or the ever-present wallaby, platypuses are becoming increasingly difficult to spot. Active at night and living much of their lives underwater or within the comfort of their hidden riverside burrows, their habits are the opposite of their human observers.

But right here on the edge of Tasmania’s Western Wilds is a stretch of protected river environment where; if we travel quietly and respectfully, we have an exceptionally good chance of spotting platypus in their natural habitat.

Our 2-3 hour fully guided tour on sit-on-top kayaks is the perfect way to explore the river environment and experience the rare opportunity to watch wild platypus thriving.

 

Departure Times

Evening departures every day from October to April

Details

From AUD $150.00
Location: Gretna
Product code: TWILIGHT

Includes

  • 2-3 hour fully guided tour of the breathtaking Upper Derwent River.
  • Safety demonstration and qualified local kayak guides.
  • All premium kayak and safety equipment.
  • Local snacks
    Wild platypus spotting (although we provide the best possible opportunities to spot platypus, we cannot guarantee sightings on every tour). We have been running platypus tours for five seasons and have a success rate of around 95%.
  • Pick up from Gretna.
    Complimentary photos provided at completion of tour via Facebook.
  • Tour Duration
    Approximately 3 hours total.

PREREQUISITES

All guests must have basic swimming – ‘doggie’ paddle acceptable. All guests will be provided with a lifejacket.

General fitness and mobility are required but you do not need to have any previous kayak experience.

Can you sit, walk unaided free from serious pain and have very basic swimming skills? You’re good to book this tour. If not, please email fiona@tassiebound.com.au and we may be able to support you to join.

We do have both tandem and single kayaks. We absolutely recommend single kayaks for this trip however please email us if you require a tandem.

Availability

Can’t find availability for the date you’re visiting?
Wanting to organise a group booking?
Contact us on 0417 008 422 or fiona@tassiebound.com.au and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Paddle with the Platypus

View the Getaway – Truffle Lodge and Derwent River Kayak story

Why not swap the steering wheel for a paddle for a few hours and jump on board Tassie Bound’s multi award-winning kayak adventure?

Explore a little deeper below the surface of the Derwent Valley’s idyllic countryside and you might find yourself catching a glimpse of our not so shy but still very wild local resident; the platypus.

With “the bill of a duck, the body of an otter, and the tail of a beaver”, this evolutionary relic has a long history of confounding humans and puzzling scientists.

Unlike other iconic Tasmanian species like the pesky possum or the ever-present wallaby, platypuses are becoming increasingly difficult to spot. Active at night and living much of their lives underwater or within the comfort of their hidden riverside burrows, their habits are the opposite of their human observers.

But right here on the edge of Tasmania’s Western Wilds is a stretch of protected river environment where; if we travel quietly and respectfully, we have an exceptionally good chance of spotting platypus in their natural habitat.

Our 2-3 hour fully guided tour on sit-on-top kayaks is the perfect way to explore the river environment and experience the rare opportunity to watch wild platypus thriving.

Departure Times

Evening departures every day from October to April

Details

From AUD $150.00
Location: Gretna
Product code: TWILIGHT

Includes

  • 2-3 hour fully guided tour of the breathtaking Upper Derwent River.
  • Safety demonstration and qualified local kayak guides.
  • All premium kayak and safety equipment.
  • Local snacks
    Wild platypus spotting (although we provide the best possible opportunities to spot platypus, we cannot guarantee sightings on every tour). We have been running platypus tours for five seasons and have a success rate of around 95%.
  • Pick up from Gretna.
    Complimentary photos provided at completion of tour via Facebook.
  • Tour Duration
    Approximately 3 hours total.

PREREQUISITES

All guests must have basic swimming – ‘doggie’ paddle acceptable. All guests will be provided with a lifejacket.

General fitness and mobility are required but you do not need to have any previous kayak experience.

Can you sit, walk unaided free from serious pain and have very basic swimming skills? You’re good to book this tour. If not, please email fiona@tassiebound.com.au and we may be able to support you to join.

We do have both tandem and single kayaks. We absolutely recommend single kayaks for this trip however please email us if you require a tandem.

Availability

Can’t find availability for the date you’re visiting?
Wanting to organise a group booking?
Contact us on 0417 008 422 or fiona@tassiebound.com.au and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Information

Tassie Bound Adventure Tours is located within a short drive from Hobart. We are an owner-operator, multi award-winning, Tasmanian kayaking company, offering transformative half and full day adventure experiences within the Derwent Valley.
 
Husband and wife team, Fiona and Liam Weaver, have been curating with nature since 2011, providing trips which uncover secrets only locals know exist and adventures worthy of sharing.

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