Platypus Waterholes Walk

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Walking Trail Facts
4.7 km circuit
2 hours return
Suitable for
Walking, Hiking
Trail Class
Grade 1, Easy Walk
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Flinders Chase National Park
Kangaroo Island
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Platypus Waterholes Walk

About the Walking Trail

Platypus are rare in South Australia, but with some patience you might be in with a chance of seeing some on this walk. With viewing platforms scattered around the waterholes you can sit quietly and wait to spot the movement of a platypus. Dawn and dusk are the best times to catch a glimpse of one.

The walk begins from the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre and passes the Black Swamp Lookout shelter and through Black Swamp.

Birdlife, kangaroos, wallabies, geese, echidnas and goannas are regularly seen on this walk.

A shorter walk, can be accessed from the trailhead off Shackle Road.

The trail is suitable for those with mobility issues, including wheelchair users and prams. You can start at the main trailhead at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre or from the off Shackle Road.


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