the big platypus

The Big Platypus, Latrobe, Tasmania

the big platypus sculpture in a fenced area
The Big Platypus in Latrobe (Source: Creative Commons)

The Big Platypus

Latrobe, a town north of Tasmania, is home to the Big Platypus, located outside Axeman’s Hall of Fame. The town was named after Charles Joseph La Trobe, an ex-administrator of the Tasmania colony.

The platypus is a unique mammal found in the rivers of Latrobe. Because of its unique physical appearance, the platypus stands out among other mammals. Here’s how. 

It has a duck-billed mouth and webbed feet that help it swim better and faster. Its body resembles a bush rat but comes with a shorter tail. In addition to these unique features, the platypus is an egg-laying mammal. 

The Big Platypus sculpture is a tourist attraction in Tasmania. Legend has it that the platypus resulted from a secret affair between a water rat and a duck. Since it prefers hunting in the dark, the best time to spot a duck-billed platypus is believed to be at dawn or dusk.

In Latrobe, famously known as the Platypus Capital of the World‘, these egg-laying mammals can be found under the bridge at Axeman’s Hall of Fame, at the Warrawee Reserve, or Mersey River (the Platypus Pool). 

If you would like to explore more of the Big Things in this part of Australia, you may be interested in visiting the Big Cherry located along the Bass Highway, next to the Cherry Shed. 

More Popular Big Things In Tasmania

Other than the Big Platypus in Latrobe, below are some notable Big Things in Tasmania worth seeing. 

  • Big Apple in Spreyton
  • Big Cherry in Latrobe
  • Big Coffee Pot in Deloraine
  • Big Penguin in Penguin 
  • Big Rock Lobster in Stanley 
  • Big Spud in Sassafras 
  • Big Tasmanian Devil in Mole Creek 
  • Big Thumbs Up in Scottsdale 
  • Big Wickets in Westbury

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