Without a doubt, many people think “adventure” when they think Australia. You can do it all in Australia; from surfing killer waves, to cage diving with Great Whites, to trekking in the outback, to scuba diving with a platypus….
Australia is famous for it’s amazing animal life, but nothing is more amazing than the platypus. Now hear me out! Yes they are small, and yes, they are cute, but did you know they are also venomous? Yup that’s right, the male platypus is actually venomous, making it the only venomous mammal in the world. And don’t let its cute furry facade fool you, platypus venom is nothing to joke about. While it isn’t lethal to humans, it can cause excruciating pain which can last for weeks – even months.
So yeah, venomous mammal…. let’s scuba dive with it!
Scuba with a venomous, egg lying mammal
Mackay is the only place in the world where you can scuba with a platypus.
Rainforest scuba offers a range of scuba experiences as well as a large range of scuba courses. Have you ever seen a platypus swimming through the water? These creatures are so agile and graceful under the water, and surprisingly fast. To see one in it’s natural habitat would be a once in a lifetime experience. I didn’t have enough time to scuba with these incredible creatures (mammals that lay eggs!?!), but I was too busy at another unique Mackay experience, the beach horse races.
I havn’t had an opportunity to scuba with the platypus (yet), so I can’t personally vouch for the experience. But the world needs to know about an attraction where you can get up close and personal with such a special animal.
Try your best not to wipe out
Mackay is home to Australia’s newest cable wake boarding park. This man made water park features a system of cables and masts which recreate a wake boarding experience without needing a boat. A series of jumps in the circuit allow you to practice all your skills and tricks.
Cable wake boarding is not only a cheaper alternative to wake boarding (no need for an expensive boat), and it’s also more environmentally sustainable ( no need for petrol, and you aren’t face planting in any one else’s natural habitat).
If you just want to try it out, you can get passes for as short as 1 hour, or if you can’t get enough you can get memberships for a day, a week, a month, or even a year.
Getting tired of adventure?
Once you have had your fill of wake boarding and close encounters of the platypus kind, you will need some wind down time. Luckily Mackay is home to some pretty amazing beaches, which are much more relaxed and less crowded than the nearby Whitsunday’s. But more on that next time…
Thanks to TigerAir who hosted me in Mackay. Tiger operates direct flights from Melbourne to Mackay, starting at $89 each way, which should leave plenty of coin for your Queensland adventures.