Platypus Picnic Area

Not far from the popular Dandahra picnic area, Platypus Picnic Area is a quieter alternative for travellers on the Gwydir Highway who want to get a sense of Gibraltar Range National Park without driving too far off the road.

A good pit stop for a leisurely lunch, Platypus picnic area allows you to see wildflowers in spring like the famous Gibraltar waratah. Native birds roost in the trees overhead, making this a tidy spot for birdwatching too. Plus, it isn’t called Platypus for nothing: you might glimpse one of these elusive creatures swimming in Little Dandahra Creek.

Platypus picnic area has wood barbecues and plenty of table space – all the basics for an enjoyable afternoon. But if this small taste of the park has you intrigued, try the short hike to Anvil Rock, with superb scenic views over the surrounding area. Alternatively, pack the bicycle and hit the service trails.

Nearby events

  1. Australian Celtic Festival

    Thursday 02 May 2019 to Sunday 05 May 2019 , Glen Innes

    2019 will be celebrating Scotland. Since 1992, crowds have descended on Glen Innes in New England High Country. They come for the Australian Celtic Festival. They are attracted by the unique Celtic experience, the opportunity to meet with…

    02 May - 05 May
  2. High Country Handmade Showcase

    Sunday 02 June 2019 to Sunday 01 September 2019 , Glen Innes

    Each season in the New England high country brings a distinct new energy, and the region's handmade hub - The Makers Shed at Glen Innes - celebrates the change on the first Sunday of summer, autumn, winter and spring! Resident Makers -…

    02 Jun - 01 Sep
  3. Gemorama

    Saturday 08 June 2019 to Monday 10 June 2019 , Glen Innes

    A Gem Festival featuring traders and Field Trips to local sites to promote the unique area and enticing tourists to keep coming back for other events. To encourage all age groups to spend time outside and meet friendly people with similar…

    08 Jun - 10 Jun