Platypus River Tours

Leave your cares behind as you step aboard one of our specially imported drift boats to experience a wonderful 2-3 hour drift on the majestic Goulburn River located near the towns of Alexandra, Eildon and Thornton; less than two hours drive from Melbourne.

Explore this diverse and beautiful river system and view the elusive native platypus at close quarters in their natural habitat. Our experienced guides will get you close enough to view them with the naked eye, often to within 5-10 metres.

Platypus are shy but active mammals that are constantly feeding, and they are easily found in the stretch of river between Eildon and Alexandra. On a typical two hour drift we spot between 3 – 10 platypus; the Goulburn River being one of the most reliable locations in Australia for viewing these amazing native animals in the wild.

Over the past 25 years we have had an amazing 90% sighting success rate.

Our drift boats provide the perfect platform for exploring this large river. These handcrafted boats are safe, stable and silent; and we can take up to three guests (and a guide) per boat.

All of our boats are skippered by an experienced river guide with 25+ years of Goulburn River guiding.  Your guide will maneuver the boat, point out animals, birds and areas of interest, as well as ensure your complete safety while out on the water.

Our boats are made from fibreglass and are human-powered, with your guide using a set of 10 foot oars to negotiate the currents and obstacles as you drift silently down the river. Having no motor means that we have no negative impact on the river or the creatures that inhabit it.

As well as platypus we see a huge number of birds and animals on each outing.

Regularly seen species include:

  • Wedged Tailed Eagles.
  • Swans.
  • Kookaburras.
  • Kingfishers.
  • Wombats.
  • Kangaroos.
  • Koalas.

These drifts are suitable for everyone regardless of age or fitness level. Fresh drinking water is provided for all participants, and we can pick up and drop off from local accommodation if required.


Trips start near the towns of Alexandra, Thornton and Eildon in the Goulburn Valley approximately two hours from Melbourne CBD and Melbourne Airport.


Trips are available everyday on arrangement from September to June. Last minute bookings a specialty.


The price per boat is $350 and a boat can take 1-3 people. We have four boats if you have a larger group.


Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing has been running tours every day since 1994 without having a single safety incident.


Please phone us 03 5773 2513 or 0418 995 611 between 8am and 10pm, 7 days a week. We are always here to help and to answer any questions that you may have.