Swap the steering wheel for a paddle for a few hours and jump on board Tassie Bound’s multi-award winning kayak adventure. Explore a little deeper below the surface of the Derwent Valley’s idyllic countryside and you might find yourself catching a glimpse of our not so shy but still very wild local resident; the platypus. With “the bill of a duck, the body of an otter, and the tail of a beaver”, this evolutionary relic has a long history of confounding humans and puzzling scientists. Unlike other iconic Tasmanian species like the pesky possum or the ever present wallaby, platypuses are becoming increasingly difficult to spot. Active at night and living much of their lives underwater or within the comfort of their hidden riverside burrows, their habits are the opposite of their human observers. But right here on the edge of Tasmania’s Western Wilds is a stretch of protected river environment where; if we travel quietly and respectfully, we have a very good chance of spotting platypus in their natural habitat. Our 3-hour fully guided tour on sit-on-top kayaks is the perfect way to explore the river environment and experience the rare opportunity to watch wild platypus thriving. Includes: 3 hour fully guided tour of the breathtaking Upper Derwent River on super stable sit-on-top Hobie kayaks. Safety demonstration and qualified local kayak guides. All premium kayak and safety equipment. Local Tassie platter of Derwent Valley produce prepared by our chef on our evening departure. Wild platypus spotting (although we provide the best possible opportunities we cannot guarantee platypus sightings on every tour). We have been running platypus tours for four years and have a success rate of around 95%. Transfers from Mount Field National Park or Gretna and return. Complimentary photos provided at completion of tour. No previous kayaking experience is necessary. All guests must have basis water confidence/swimming. Tandem kayaks can be arranged on request.