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Platypus Bend is situated 4 km's from the township of Malanda,
on the southern Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland,
just a 15 minutes drive south of Atherton Blue Gum and The
Summit B&B's and 1hr 15 mins drive
total area of 177.5 acres (71.86 hectares) situated on the
North Johnstone River. The length of river on the boundary is
2.2 km's incorporating areas of beautiful rapids and wide deep
pools, all of which are accessible from the owners side of the river,
and mostly high, heavily vegetated banks on the opposite side
thus making these areas totally secluded.
Johnstone River is home to the unique platypus, the Johnstone
River Snapper turtle and many fish. To get ‘up close and
personal’ with these or simply enjoy some tranquil ‘time out’
on the river there are 2 person canoes for hire. The five spring
fed lagoons on the property are also home to the platypus.
river side café is available to tour group bookings for
breakfast, lunch or dinner with an onsite liquor licence. For
the casual traveller there is morning and afternoon tea/coffee
or light lunches along with beer or wine. Sit and enjoy your
refreshments while listening to the rapids, watching the birds
and butterflies or stroll along the river walk to spot a
platypus or tree kangaroo's. If you are at Platypus Bend
after dark come along and help feed the friendly possums.
is approximately 40 acres of rain forest with some beautiful
trees including Queensland maple, silky oak, silver ash, brown
wattle, sarsaparilla, purple quandong, Davidson plum, lemon
aspen etc. This rain forest is home to several families of
the rare Lumholtz tree kangaroo, the even rarer green ring
tail possum, pademelons, echidna and all of the other more
common rain forest critters local to this region. Many
different species of birds have been identified on the
property by the regular national and international
‘twitchers’. Platypus Bend is registered as a ‘Land for
are a number of walking tracks which include riverside (easy)
walking and hillside (rainforest and more energetic) walking.
The total length of these occupies up to two hours walking
depending on your fitness level. If you would like to visit
Platypus Bend during your stay with us, just let us know
and we will arrange your visit, bookings are essential.
There is a $10 pp day visit charge and food and drink are
760 metres (2500 feet) above sea level, in the shadow of Mt
Bartle Frere (Australia’s second highest mountain), winters
are cool and summers pleasant (no coastal humidity). Our wet
season starts in January and lasts until April. Average
rainfall is around 40 inches. May until August is our coolest
period and we usually get some light frosts in June due to the
altitude and clear mountain air. This is a really nice period
because we do get a real winter season compared to Cairns. We
can also get some drizzle periods during these months which
helps to keep everything lush green. August to the end of
October is our spring and a beautiful time of the year.
November to January usually sees the afternoon summer storms
which are quite mild compared to southern Queensland and New
South Wales. Our summers are much milder than the humid
tropical heat of Cairns, so why not plan to stay a while on
the beautiful Atherton Tablelands.
are over 300 species of birds on the Atherton Tablelands.
When conditions are right, 240 of these species have been
recorded in 1 day by our local expert. For Birders visiting the Wet Tropics of
North Queensland, the main objective is to observe all of
the 13 bird species confined to the region. These endemic
birds are resident at sites round Atherton that are accessible
throughout the year. All species occur within and near rainforests
and most occur widely. Reliable sites for each species are
listed below. Atherton Blue Gum B&B and
The Summit B&B are only 3 - 15 minutes
drive, from all of these sites.
Alan's Wildlife Services provides a guiding service
for half, full day and longer periods as required. Packages
are available for nocturnal spotlighting, bird guiding and
mammal spotting. Alan can
guide from your vehicle, or from his vehicle. This service
is available throughout North Queensland for birds and other
native animals. Please contact us,
if you require his rates or more information. Bookings are essential for
this service.Alan is an
excellent guide with an exceptional knowledge of fauna sites
on the Atherton Tablelands.
birding services in the Brisbane area, see Birding
Gum B&B and The Summit B&B are ideal places to base
yourself for birding