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Personalised Private Platypus Land Tour

Highlights
  • Explore Queensland’s picturesque Pioneer Valley on a guided adventure

  • Develop your own itinerary with a flexible schedule and personalized route

  • Visit waterfalls, see incredible vistas, and experience the region’s culture

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Personalised Private Platypus Land Tour
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Personalised Private Platypus Land Tour
From US$266.61
Overview

Experience the beautiful nature and rich culture of Pioneer Valley on this all-day private excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, craft a custom itinerary that suits your interests. Stop by the one-time home of legendary opera singer Dame Nelly Melba, take a stroll to the Wheel of Fire waterfalls, enjoy a delicious lunch at one of several restaurants—included in the tour price—and spot a platypus at Broken River.

What to Expect

Personalised private guided tour to suit you.  Choose your pick-up time from 7.30am then choose your return time (flexible) after your morning coffee and a mini tour of Mackay we drive to the Pioneer Valley stopping at Dame Nelly Melba's house - time permitting as opening time is 9.00am. then continue further into the Pioneer Valley to Finch Hatton Gorge walking up to Araluen and Wheel of Fire waterfalls.

Lunch is included at either the Church Cafe - a little taste of Italy, Pinnacle Pub for a famous award-winning Pie or Ulysses Café, vegetarian/raw option in the Rainforest (venue will depend on suppliers opening hours( vegan/vegetarian please notify before hand).
After lunch the tour then drives to Eungella for breath taking views of the Valley and a then a short walk at the Sky window.  Next stop is Hideaway Cafe to walk through the stunning gardens and to see handmade hats, crafts, jewellery and to admire the hand carved walls, doors and coffee tables of the natural native flora and fauna.  

From here we go to Broken River to spot a platypus in the wild included is a 30-minute platypus education and practical tips on how to spot a platypus. Leaving Broken River, we then travel back to Mackay to a restaurant of your choice and the guide can drop you there or stay and keep you company followed by transporting you to your abode at the end.

This tour can be adjusted to your preferences just state them to your guide before departure for example national park walks, art decco buildings, or for a trip to Cape Hillsborough to see the wallabies on the beach (must be there at sunrise) then please email or phone Rainforest Scuba.  

Or head to the Sarina Sugar Shed and award winning attraction and after the tour taste their sauces, chutneys, freshly made fairy floss, alcohols and their award-winning rum.  On the way there we can stop at Hay Point, Dalrymple bay lookout for the coal depot to see the magnitude of the coal harbour, coal and ships waiting to be loaded if this is something that would interest you.

Perhaps something a little more adventurous such as Forest Flying where you can take your time and your camera and use the brake to stop anywhere and as often as you like along the zip line to take memorable pics of the wildlife and the river below as you fly 25mts above the rainforest.

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Reviews (27)
1 - 5 of 27 reviews
Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile
Great dive!

Unfortunately didn't see a platypus but that's nature, but really enjoyed it! If you love diving and can respect and appreciate the small things then it's a must do! Lunna was lovely, really Great guild picked me up and dropped me to mackay. Gave all...More

Thank Zak W
Luana R, Owner at Rainforest Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

Thank you for your great review....the little fish are just lovely and colourful while the big ones just check you out. The bull was loving the scratch you gave him and yes to spot the snake (from the safety of the car) was a bonus....More

Reviewed 17 February 2018
Excellent first scuba dive!

This was an excellent first scuba dive, Luana was really helpful, very calm, relaxed, informative and gentle with her guidance, I would definitely go again and would recommend to others. I managed to dive with many different types of fish, at least 3 different species...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Erica H
Luana R, Owner at Rainforest Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2018

Thank you for your review and I am so happy that you enjoyed your dive in a relaxed and informative way. I would also like to thank you for going to recommend Rainforest Scuba. I also had a great dive with you and I like...More

Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile
Absolutely Fantastic

Took my teenage son on a holiday to Mackay and Rainforest Scuba was one of the adventures we had planned and Luana didn't disappoint. Luana has a wealth of knowledge and experience and delivers a once in a life time experience, with her informative talks...More

Thank Ambassador749073
Luana R, Owner at Rainforest Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Thank you for your lovely review and I am so glad that you enjoyed the day and your son the dive. I do love what I do and I love being able to share my knowledge of the wildlife with everyone who comes to Rainforest...More

Reviewed 8 January 2018
First Time Diver

Was a great first time dive. You are highly unlikely to spot a platypus, But many fish and turtles. Plus is in a beautiful location.More

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Date of experience: December 2017
Thank tamara_ayres
Luana R, Owner at Rainforest Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2018

Thank you for your review and I am so glad that you enjoyed your 1st time dive and I hope it encourages you to learn to dive. Unfortunately there is never a guarantee in regards to spotting anything as nature will do what it wants...More

Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile
Platypus Scuba Dive Finch Hatton

Finally did the freshwater dive with Rainforest scuba after buying a gift voucher for my 15yo daughter nearly 10months ago. Luana and James (not sure if that was your name, sorry mate) were excellent. Very welcoming and relaxed and made us feel right at home....More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Tony C
Luana R, Owner at Rainforest Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2018

Thank you so much for your great review.....and yes my dive master is James. I am so glad that you enjoyed your experience and as you found out there are no time limits on the vouchers as I hate that when it's done to me....More

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