Join us on our multi-award winning Paddle with the Platypus adventure.
Travel downstream by kayak through active platypus feeding pools along the picturesque River Derwent. Retrace the platypus's 100 million year evolution, discover how & why they thrive on a "hidden" stretch of the river and watch wild platypus transform from shy to playful in their natural habitat. Sit back and enjoy the soft currents of the river, passing through private farmlands before pausing en route to enjoy a chef-prepared tasting platter showcasing local and often hand-picked fresh produce.
A perfect accessible adventure suitable for first-time paddlers, adventurers,families and platypus enthusiasts looking for a VIP backstage pass to the Derwent Valley region. No prior kayak experience is necessary to participate and suitable for children 5 & up. Basic swimming skills is a prerequisite. Tandem kayaks can be provided on request.
Tour pick up location is within a 1 hour drive from Hobart's city centre.
What You'll Get
The Paddle with the Platypus adventure offers an opportunity to slow down and spot platypus in their natural habitat and a chance to learn about their very secretive lives.
The Paddle with the Platypus tour operates every evening from September to May with additional morning paddles departing November to March. Guests are fully-guided, assisted by gentle river currents passing through local hop fields and farmlands. Pause en route to enjoy a locally prepared tasting platter showcasing award-wining and often hand-picked fresh produce in the evenings or a freshly baked morning tea.
Platypus are notoriously known for their shy and elusive personalities, making them difficult to spot in the wild. Operating on the river for over seven seasons, Tassie Bound Adventure Tours, know a stretch of river, only accessible by kayak, where platypus are very active through the warmer months of the year. The Paddle with the Platypus adventure offers visitors to the area the best chance of viewing platypus WILD and thriving in their own natural habitat.
A perfect adventure for first-time paddlers, families and platypus enthusiasts looking for a VIP backstage pass to the Derwent Valley region.
No prior kayaking experience required.
Evening departures every day from Nov to March from 5 pm to 8 pm (Eastern Daylight Saving Time)
Morning departures Wednesday to Saturday from November to March from 8 am to 11 am.
• 2 hour fully guided kayak tour of the breathtaking Upper Derwent River.
• Safety demonstration and local guides.
• All premium kayak and safety equipment.
• Local Tassie platter of Derwent Valley Produce prepared by our chef on our evening departure OR a freshly baked morning tea on our morning departure.
• Platypus spotting (although we provide the best possible opportunities we cannot guarantee platypus sightings on every tour). We have been running platypus tours for three years and have a success rate of around 95%.
• Transfers back to vehicle at the completion of tour.
• Pick up from Hawthorn Lodge at Bushy Park.
• Complimentary photos provided at completion of tour.
• No prior experience necessary but all guests must be able to swim
Approximately 3 hours total.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
- All kayak and safety equipment
- Local guides
- Transfers from pick up location at Bushy Park.
- Complimentary photos
- Coffee and/or Tea
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Hawthorn Lodge, 1733 Glenora Rd, Bushy Park TAS 7140, Australia
Returns to original departure point
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Tassie Bound in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.
This offer is not eligible for promo codes.
The Fine Print
7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here.