Platypus and Rakali Citizen Science Monitoring Program

1. QPRC Platypus and Rakali Citizen Science Monitoring Program

Most sightings of platypus and rakali in Queanbeyan occur between Dane Street and the CBD, although there have been several reports outside those boundaries. Time of day for spotting varies throughout the year, but it is generally early morning or just before dusk. The suspension bridge off of Isabella Street is an ideal location to spot platypus during breeding season, anywhere from June to October.

Report a sighting

All reports of platypus or rakali sightings within our LGA can be emailed to or you can fill out the form below:

Click here to view form.

2. Volunteers required - Platypus month - August

Waterwatch will again be running group surveys throughout August during Playtpus Month on selected rivers in the ACT region to help learn more about our platypus population. Late winter is the ideal time for spotting platypus as they spend more time feeding and the males are more active as they prepare for the breeding season. Waterwatch will be conducting 30 surveys throughout August and need your help! No experience is necessary but you do need to RSVP.

Dates and times on Queanbeyan River

  • Thursday 6 August  4-5.30pm
  • Friday 14 August 6.30-8am
  • Thursday 20 August 4.15-5.45pm
  • Wednesday 26 August 6..15-7.45am

What do you need to bring:

  • warm clothes
  • sturdy footwear
  • binoculars and
  • a watch/phone

RSVP is necessary via email to or telephone to Kerri Paloni on 6205 4530. Further details regarding surveys will be sent out to signed up volunteers. You can also download the platypus month flyer here(PDF, 258KB) .

Free Platypus walk 

A free platypus walk will be held on 16 August from 7-8am. it will depart from the suspension bridge on Isabella Street. You do not need to RSVP to attend the walk.

3. Sighting statistics

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Rakali spotted in Queanbeyan River (photo by Jennifer Croke)

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Rakali sightings January - June 2020

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Platypus in Queanbeyan River - photo by Buddy Holley

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Platypus sighting January - June 2020

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Time of sightings - January - June 2020