LOCAL wildlife lovers will have the chance to spot a platypus this Sunday as part of a free guided tour, organised by Queanbeyan City Council and the Molonglo Catchment Group.
Dr Stephen Skinner has previously hosted two of the platypus walks this year, with participants delighted to have spotted the furry monotremes in the Queanbeyan River on each occasion.
The walk leaves from the suspension bridge at the base of Isabella St from 5pm, and Dr Skinner said the walks had so far been well attended and informative.
"We've been getting 35-45 people each time. Last time we didn't see too many platypus until the very end when we got back to the swing bridge, and then they could stand there and watch them," he said.
And the chances of spotting a platypus were reasonable he said, especially if the weather is good.
"Late winter/early spring is your best time.
"So while we might be pushing our luck on Sunday, at the same time there's a reasonable chance that if the weather is pleasant and dusk is settling in, then we'll probably see platypus and we might see water rats as well.
"And there's always lots to see in the river anyway. There's always life," he said.