Where to Find Australia’s Best Wildlife

Platypuses in Eungella National Park

The platypus is probably the weirdest animal in Australia, and maybe even the world: an egg-laying, furry mammal with a duck-like bill.

Platypuses are nocturnal, but can best be viewed early in the morning at Broken River, in stunning Eungella National Park. They flit around hunting in the shallows, careening past the freshwater turtles, and sometimes come to rest in sunny spots.

To make sure you get to see them, consider staying the night in a nearby lodge, as you will have to be up early: Platypuses are at their most active between 6 and 8 a.m.