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 why 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 one of Australia’s most unique species.

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, please let us know by filling out this form. All addresses and locations will be kept private. Your sighting reports to help us to monitor platypus populations.

Latest Survey Results

May 2020

Albert River

0 Platypus

Nerang River

4 Platypus

Tallebudgera Creek

0 Platypus (eDNA survey)

Coomera River

6 Platypus

Mudgeeraba Creek

3 Platypus

Currumbin Creek

3 Platypus

Browse through our survey result maps!

Info & Gallery

This program is supported the City of Gold Coast, Logan City Council and Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland