Spying Platypus

Seeing a platypus in its natural environment is incredibly rare. Not only do you have to be in the right location but the habitat needs to be just right. Dwelling in freshwater streams, creeks and lakes they prefer areas rich in vegetation and overhanging branches.

At the foothills of Spicers Peak Lodge on the Peak Station Nature Reserve, two fresh water creeks create a cross section across the landscape collecting the water from the mountains above and sending it down stream. Guests are welcome to visit the platypus pool, as it's fondly referred to, keeping as quiet as possible to catch a glimpse of the resident Spicers platypus. Often seen swimming in the pool or sunning itself on the edge. Being shy creatures, they startle easily and dart swiftly back into their burrow if disturbed.

The Aboriginal word for platypus is Wadhin pronounced “Wad in”. In Yugumbeh/Bundjalung Country the spiritual story of the platypus is one about obeying one’s family. The Platypus commemorates the Great Spirit for making all the animals different and respecting its wisdom.

Spicers has long been committed to conservation and in 2019 purchased an additional 150 acres further extending the Spicers Peak Station 8,000a property. This extra plot is a platypus habitat and was the sole reason for the purchase.

With endangered brush tailed rock wallabies, koalas and platypus just to name a few native species regularly observed, a stay at Spicers Peak Lodge is a richly rewarding nature and wildlife experience.

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Other Activities At Spicers Peak Lodge

Stroll to the highest point of the Lodge Plateau to enjoy sunset drinks and canapés around the crackling fire pit. More »

Stroll to the highest point of the Lodge Plateau to enjoy sunset drinks and canapés … More »

Stroll to the highest point of the Lodge Plateau to enjoy sunset drinks and canapés around the crackling fire pit. More »

In this guided educational experience, discover a range of methods used to make fire from throughout time, with a focus … More »

In this guided educational experience, discover a range of methods used to make fire from … More »

In this guided educational experience, discover a range of methods used to make fire from throughout time, with a focus on techniques used in Australia’s history. More »

Be guided through the carefully curated art and sculpture of Spicers Peak Lodge during this 30 minute art excursion. More »

Be guided through the carefully curated art and sculpture of Spicers Peak Lodge during this … More »

Be guided through the carefully curated art and sculpture of Spicers Peak Lodge during this 30 minute art excursion. More »

Gift yourself a moment of reconnection during a 1hr guided hatha yoga and meditation experience at Spicers Peak Lodge. More »

Gift yourself a moment of reconnection during a 1hr guided hatha yoga and meditation experience … More »

Gift yourself a moment of reconnection during a 1hr guided hatha yoga and meditation experience at Spicers Peak Lodge. More »

Explore spectacular Queensland High Country on the latest Meridian E-bikes. More »

Explore spectacular Queensland High Country on the latest Meridian E-bikes. More »

Explore spectacular Queensland High Country on the latest Meridian E-bikes. More »

Explore volcanic rock walls, millions of years old, along with platypus habitat and bat caves. More »

Explore volcanic rock walls, millions of years old, along with platypus habitat and bat caves. More »

Explore volcanic rock walls, millions of years old, along with platypus habitat and bat caves. More »

Discover the rugged Queensland High Country terrain with a personal guide as you travel by ATV on the Can-AM tour. More »

Discover the rugged Queensland High Country terrain with a personal guide as you travel by … More »

Discover the rugged Queensland High Country terrain with a personal guide as you travel by ATV on the Can-AM tour. More »

Walk your way to wellbeing and take time out in nature to reconnect and revitalise. More »

Walk your way to wellbeing and take time out in nature to reconnect and revitalise. More »

Walk your way to wellbeing and take time out in nature to reconnect and revitalise. More »

Imagine a picnic with breathtaking views and culinary delights prepared by an award winning restaurant. More »

Imagine a picnic with breathtaking views and culinary delights prepared by an award winning restaurant. More »

Imagine a picnic with breathtaking views and culinary delights prepared by an award winning restaurant. More »

Allow the sommelier to guide you through a selection of the country’s finest wines matched with artisanal cheeses. More »

Allow the sommelier to guide you through a selection of the country’s finest wines matched … More »

Allow the sommelier to guide you through a selection of the country’s finest wines matched with artisanal cheeses. More »

Spa Anise is the perfect way to unwind after a day spent exploring the natural beauty of the countryside in … More »

Spa Anise is the perfect way to unwind after a day spent exploring the natural … More »

Spa Anise is the perfect way to unwind after a day spent exploring the natural beauty of the countryside in all its seasons.  More »

Compare modern whiskies from Australia and Japan with the classics from Scotland and learn about the typical unifying characteristics. More »

Compare modern whiskies from Australia and Japan with the classics from Scotland and learn about … More »

Compare modern whiskies from Australia and Japan with the classics from Scotland and learn about the typical unifying characteristics. More »

Take a scenic helicopter flight into Queensland High Country to experience koalas in their natural habitat and enjoy an award-winning … More »

Take a scenic helicopter flight into Queensland High Country to experience koalas in their natural … More »

Take a scenic helicopter flight into Queensland High Country to experience koalas in their natural habitat and enjoy an award-winning lunch for two at Homage restaurant. More »

Take the ambling track around the Lodge Plateau rim with your lodge Guide and spot wallabies in their natural habitat, … More »

Take the ambling track around the Lodge Plateau rim with your lodge Guide and spot … More »

Take the ambling track around the Lodge Plateau rim with your lodge Guide and spot wallabies in their natural habitat, plus don't forget to look up for koalas tucked high in the eucalypt branches. More »

Discover the blue-loving Satin Bowerbird, a variety of lush mosses and ferns that make their home on the mountainside. More »

Discover the blue-loving Satin Bowerbird, a variety of lush mosses and ferns that make their … More »

Discover the blue-loving Satin Bowerbird, a variety of lush mosses and ferns that make their home on the mountainside. More »

Take to the sky with a series of scenic helicopter flights departing from Spicers Peak Lodge and witness stunning views … More »

Take to the sky with a series of scenic helicopter flights departing from Spicers Peak … More »

Take to the sky with a series of scenic helicopter flights departing from Spicers Peak Lodge and witness stunning views of the Granite Belt as you travel to some of the most renowned wineries in … More »

Experience the Milky Way under a dark sky free of city light pollution. More »

Experience the Milky Way under a dark sky free of city light pollution. More »

Experience the Milky Way under a dark sky free of city light pollution. More »

Head off on a four hour guided hike to Spicers Gap learning about the seasonal changes to the landscape as … More »

Head off on a four hour guided hike to Spicers Gap learning about the seasonal … More »

Head off on a four hour guided hike to Spicers Gap learning about the seasonal changes to the landscape as well as local flora and fauna. More »

Resting on an almost continuous belt of National Park and reserves, dedicated mountain bike trails line the property with surrounds … More »

Resting on an almost continuous belt of National Park and reserves, dedicated mountain bike trails … More »

Resting on an almost continuous belt of National Park and reserves, dedicated mountain bike trails line the property with surrounds of unique plants, wildlife and a stunning landscape.  More »

An exciting 4x4 sunset tour to Ryans Ridge for a sense of adventure and luxury as you soak up the … More »

An exciting 4x4 sunset tour to Ryans Ridge for a sense of adventure and luxury … More »

An exciting 4x4 sunset tour to Ryans Ridge for a sense of adventure and luxury as you soak up the splendor of the Scenic Rim. More »

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