Scenic Boat Trips (Platypus and Bird watching)

Immerse Yourself in Nature with our Platypus Watching Trips

Embark on an enchanting journey through the serene waters of the Goulburn River, nestled between the towns of Alexandra, Eildon, and Thornton. Our Scenic Boat Trips, featuring platypus and bird watching, promise an experience that transcends the ordinary.

The star of the show on our Platypus Watching Trips

A Leisurely Escape from Melbourne

Located less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne, our drift boats offer a 2 to 2.5-hour sojourn on the majestic Goulburn River. Let your worries melt away as you embrace the tranquillity of this stunning river system, abundant with native wildlife and breathtaking vistas.


A Close Encounter with the Elusive Platypus

Relish the unique opportunity to observe the platypus, one of Australia’s most secretive creatures, in their natural habitat. Our experienced guides are adept at positioning you within 5-10 metres of these fascinating creatures, close enough for naked-eye viewing. This stretch of the Goulburn River, between Eildon and Alexandra, is a reliable location for platypus sighting. With an impressive 90% sighting success rate over the past 25 years, you stand a great chance of spotting between 3 to 10 platypuses during your trip.


An Avian Paradise

Our trips are an absolute treat for bird enthusiasts and photographers. The silence of our boats enables us to sneak up on various bird species, while their stability makes for hassle-free binocular viewing. Regular sightings include Wedge-Tailed Eagles, Swans, Rainbow Bee Eaters, and Kingfishers. We also often encounter terrestrial animals like Wombats, Kangaroos, Koalas, and Echidnas.


Your Adventure Vessel

Our drift boats, each capable of carrying three guests plus a guide, are perfect for navigating the vast Goulburn River. These handcrafted fibreglass vessels are safe, stable, and silent. Each boat is helmed by a seasoned river guide with over 25 years of experience, who will not only ensure your safety but also highlight points of interest and wildlife sightings.


An All-inclusive Experience

No matter your age or fitness level, our drifts are designed for everyone. We provide cold drinking water for all participants and offer pickup and drop-off services from all local accommodation venues. Each boat is equipped with top-of-the-range Swarovski EL 8.5 x 42 binoculars for your viewing pleasure.


Departure Points Timings Price Contact Details
Alexandra, Thornton, and Eildon Available daily. Optimal viewing: 6am-11am and the last two hours of daylight $450 per boat (up to 3 guests) 03 5773 2513 or 0418 995 611

Your safety is our utmost priority. Since 1994, Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing has been conducting daily river tours without a single safety incident.

To book your unforgettable scenic boat trip or to learn more, please contact us between 8am and 10pm, seven days a week. We look forward to serving you.

Best regards,
The GVFFC Team.

Our drift boats are the perfect craft for Platypus Watching TripsPrepare for an adventure set in a beautiful river setting on our Platypus Watching Trips

Eagles are a common sight on our Platypus Watching Trips

See Platypus in the wild on our Platypus Watching Trips

Our safe, silent, and stable rowboats make for the perfect craft for Platypus Watching Trips

A pair of top of the range Swarovski EL 8.5 x 42 binoculars are on board each of our boats for your viewing pleasure.

Platypus Watching Trips

Platypus Watching Trips

We typically see 30+ species of birds on our Platypus Watching Trips

Platypus Watching Trips

Platypus Watching Trips

Platypus Watching Trips


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