An easy walk to a nice beach, with a nearby "hide" for viewing platypus (best at dawn and dusk).

Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
Eucalypt Forest
Total Climb

Getting there

The walk begins from the Visitor’s Centre at Lake St Clair National Park.


4233 Rufus 1:25K or TASMAP Lake St Clair Day Walk Map (print & digital options available)
Neither is needed as the walk is well sign-posted. Brochure with rough map available from Visitor Centre

Route/Trail notes

As well as viewing platypus, there is a wreckage of a barge on the beach with information about how it had been used in the past.  


National Park entry fee payable

Other References

Tas Parks Lake St Clair "Short Walks" brochure -



Went back via Platypus Bay from Narcissus Hut. Very nice beach. Platypus Log Book has numerous platypus sightings here over the past few days - generally all in the evening.

Oliver Descoeudres on 5 Jan, 2019

We didn’t walk at the right time of the day to see platypus, but the beach is very pleasant.

Ian and Sue on 5 Jan, 2018


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