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Paddle with the Platypus Twilight Kayak Adventure

  • 11
    Daily (October to April)
  • 11
    Departs From Gretna or Mount Field National Park
  • 3 Hours

Why not swap the steering wheel for a paddle for a few hours and jump on board this 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 an exceptionally 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.

Departure details

When: Evening departures every day from October to April

Where: Mount Field National Park or Gretna

Price Includes

  • 3 hour fully guided tour of the breathtaking Upper Derwent River.
  • 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 to spot platypus, we cannot guarantee sightings on every tour). We have been running platypus tours for five seasons and have a success rate of around 95%.
  • Pick up from Gretna or Mount Field National Park.
  • Complimentary photos provided at completion of tour.

Additional Info

What is your COVID 19 Policy and Plan?

If your travel plans have been impacted by COVID-19 your tour is flexible all the way up to 7* days before departure.

* Why 7 days? This gives us the time to alter our food supplies and staffing if need be.

Our COVID-19 Plan
So you can relax and enjoy your adventure we have implemented a COVID-19 Safety Plan. This will ensure that we look after ourselves and each other tomorrow. The main points are:

  • We have increased cleaning of the van/4WD and conduct a deep clean of van between every tour and of all frequently touched surfaces.
  • We provide hand sanitiser for use before, during and after tours.
  • Observation of social distancing rules on the day.

Please do not attend on the day if:

  • you have a temperature, cold or flu like symptoms.
  • you have been tested positive for COVID 19, have been directed to self-isolate/quarantine or waiting on test results.

How much kayaking experience is required to join one of the trips?

While we do require you to be a confident swimmer and of reasonable fitness, no experience is required for our kayak tours! Our adventures are for everyone. Our trips are designed to cater to all levels of experience and abilities. The majority of people who join our tours are first time kayakers. All that we ask is that you welcome adventure with an open mind and are able to laugh and have fun when encountering the unexpected.

What you should I bring on the day?

All your mandatory safety equipment is provided, therefore, all you need to bring with you are some personal items to help make your day even more enjoyable. We recommend that you bring sunglasses, a cap or hat, a pair of shoes or sandals to wear on the river (they will get wet!), your swimsuit and/or shorts and a change of clothes. We also recommend a white long-sleeved shirt for guests kayaking on the Derwent River Adventure Experience.

Do I need to be in great shape to join one of the trips?

No. Our adventures are not considered to be strenuous or physically demanding, and we do not require a high level of fitness. We just ask that you are capable of a few hours of moderate exercise. Our kayaks do have weight restrictions and can carry up to 147kgs. Keep in mind that good general health will go a long way if we happen to encounter any difficulties. Most important is an adventurous spirit.

How stable are the kayaks? What is the likelihood of flipping over?

The kayaks we use on our tours are stable and designed for comfort. The likelihood of capsizing a kayak is minimal on our Lake Pedder and Twilight tours, and generally only occurs in an uncommon situation. On our Derwent River Experience the chance of capsizing becomes more likely and if your kayak flips over, our guides have ample practice time on the water with rescue procedures in order to quickly and efficiently get you back in your boat. If the need arises we will take you to the nearest shore to change into warm clothing and carry on with our journey. While we are out on the water, it is of utmost importance that the group sticks together in the event of a capsize or change of route plan.

What if the weather turns bad? Will I be comfortable and warm?

Our weather in Southern Tasmanian between November and May is generally pleasant. The temperature will vary slightly depending on which area you visit. For example, if you go on our Derwent River experience, it is not uncommon in mid-summer to savour a swim in the refreshing waters in order to cool off. Lake Pedder, a little further west and more exposed to weather, will generally have cooler temperatures. Although it is uncommon, it can rain in the summer. We provides light rain proof jackets in all the kayaks in case of unexpected rain and encourages all its guests to bring a warm set of clothes to change into if guests become cold, unexpectedly fall into the water, or to change into at the end of the tour if required.

We do not launch tours if we consider the weather conditions to be unsuitable for the group. If water conditions are good but the sky is cloudy or there is light rain, we will launch trips and expect clients to honour their bookings. Once a trip has started, the financial risk of weather disruption transfers to the client. No refunds will be given if a tour participant decides to leave a tour early. If your trip is cancelled due to bad weather and you cannot transfer to an alternative tour, we will refund any tour payments made.

Cancellation Policy

Full payment of the tour fee is required upon booking to confirm participation. Cancellations made less than 30 days from departure will incur 100% forfeit of fee.

Please call us on our mobile 0417 008 422 . There are no fees payable for rescheduling your tour seven days prior to tour departure. We are unable to reschedule your tour within seven days of tour departure time. However, if the rescheduling is due to unsafe weather conditions no fee is payable.

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