The platypus is an amazing semi-aquatic mammal that is endemic to Eastern Australia and Tasmania. It is primarily nocturnal, living in creeks and rivers from cold highlands areas to tropical rainforests. Unfortunately platypus numbers appear to be declining due to habitat disruption, water extraction, pollution of waterways and illegal capture. PlatypusWatch needs your help to learn more about where platypus live and where they are disappearing. PlatypusWatch is a community-based program and involves members of the community undertaking platypus surveys, promoting and recording platypus sightings and assessing platypus habitats. This information is used to identify what education and conservation actions are needed to help protect this mammal.
How to get involved
- Join our PlatypusWatch Group and take part in regular surveys.
- If you live near a creek or are visiting a creek and you see a platypus, report your sighting
Our regular surveys are fun, social and exciting as you’ll never know what you might see as the sun rises over the water! Enjoy a cuppa or some hot soup after a survey and share stories or photos. For more info please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 2018 Survey Results
- Nerang River: 10 Platypus
- Currumbin Creek: 3 Platypus
- Coomera River: 6 Platypus
- Mudgeeraba Creek: 1 Platypus
A video recorded at one of the survey sites by Sharon Mclanders
PlatypusWatch on the Gold Coast is a key component of a statewide platypus monitoring program coordinated by Wildlife Queensland and supported by the Gold Coast Catchment Association and the City of Gold Coast.