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

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 »

Take to the sky with a scenic helicopter flight like no other. More »

Take to the sky with a scenic helicopter flight like no other. More »

Take to the sky with a scenic helicopter flight like no other. 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 the ambling track around the Lodge Plateau rim and spot wallabies in their natural habitat, plus don't forget to … More »

Take the ambling track around the Lodge Plateau rim and spot wallabies in their natural … More »

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

To truly get an idea of the secluded luxury of Spicers Peak Lodge take a scenic helicopter flight of the region. … More »

To truly get an idea of the secluded luxury of Spicers Peak Lodge take a scenic … More »

To truly get an idea of the secluded luxury of Spicers Peak Lodge take a scenic helicopter flight of the region. 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 »

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 »

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 »

There are some magnificent National Parks in the region, two of which are World Heritage listed. Many Australian wildlife and … More »

There are some magnificent National Parks in the region, two of which are World Heritage … More »

There are some magnificent National Parks in the region, two of which are World Heritage listed. Many Australian wildlife and rare and threatened species occupy these habitats. More »

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