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 Surveys

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:

Report a platypus sighting

Have you seen a platypus in the wild? Great! Fill out this form:

Protect our local waterways

Latest Survey Results

Albert River

1 Platypus

Nerang River

4 Platypus

Tallebudgera Creek

0 Platypus (eDNA survey)

Coomera River

5 Platypus

Mudgeeraba Creek

0 Platypus

Currumbin Creek

1 Platypus

Browse through our survey result maps!

Info & Gallery

This program is coordinated by the PlatypusWatch Network, hosted by the Gold Coast Catchment Association and funded by the City of Gold Coast and Logan City Council