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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​​Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, v​​isitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Travellers to Tasmania are encouraged to register online for a G2G PASS at least three days before their planned travel. Those who receive their G2G PASS QR code before arriving will be able to quickly pass through their port of arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days when coming into Tasmania. If you are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation​, fees will apply. 

​Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may  be in place. ​

Last reviewed 17/8/2020 08:52 AM


Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus).
Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). (photograph: Dave Watts)

Platypus and echidnas

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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​​Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, v​​isitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Travellers to Tasmania are encouraged to register online for a G2G PASS at least three days before their planned travel. Those who receive their G2G PASS QR code before arriving will be able to quickly pass through their port of arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days when coming into Tasmania. If you are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation​, fees will apply. 

​Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may  be in place. ​

Last reviewed 17/8/2020 08:52 AM


​​Platypus and echidnas  are classified as monotremes; monotremes have lower body temperatures than other mammals and have short legs which extend out.  These features, together with their egg-laying, are more like that of a lizard than a mammal. 

Pla​​typus

Scientific name - Ornithorhynchus anatinus

The platypus was thought to be a joke by the first scienists to examine their body in 1799.  They are one of the only egg-laying, semi-aquatic mammals in the world.  They have webbed feet, a broad tail like a beaver and a characteristic duck-like bill. Closing their eyes and ears when they dive underwater, like a dolphin, electrolocation through their bill is used to find food.  This means sometimes they end up on the end of fishing lines, unable to see the danger. 

Echidna​​

Scientific name - Tachyglossus aculeatus​

E​​​chidnas feast on ants and termintes and protect themselves with spines, which can reach 5cm long.  Solitary for most of the year, until mating time when several males may follow a single female. Taking shelter in rotten logs, stumps, burrows, or under bushes, echidnas go into to a type of hibernation over winter. Surprisingly, echidnas are good swimmers, paddling about with only their snout and a few spines showing above the water. They have even been known to swim amongst the waves in the ocean! 

​Where can you see both of them?​