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. In 2020 we had reports of sightings in the Shoalhaven, Molonglo and Corang Rivers. 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 online form below:

Click here to view form.

2. Sighting statistics

During 2020 we had 57 participants report sightings of both rakali and platypus.  We had sightings reported of 71 platypus and 82 rakali from locations including the Queanbeyan River, Shoalhaven River (Tomboye and Nerriga), Molonglo River (Carwoola), and Corang River (Nerriga). 

Download the 2020 sightings report here(PDF, 3MB).

 Number of Platypus Rakali sightings Jan-Aug 2020

Platypus swimming in Queanbeyan River

Platypus photo by Brian Holley - 1 September 2020

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Rakali in the Queanbeyan River swimming

Rakali photo by Mandy Leigh - 19 June 2020

3. 2020 Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Awards

The citizen science platypus and rakali monitoring program were the winner for the Habitat and Wildlife Conservation Award in the 2020 Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Awards. Staff received the award in ceremony held at Murrurundi in March 2021.

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