Rainforest Scuba - Rainforest Dive - Platypus Spotting Dive Tour - Mackay

Tour Code: 417

Departing: Pioneer Valley

Pickup: Mackay city and marina

Amazing Experience
  • The drive to Finch Hatton Gorge is spectacular! Keep your eyes out for wildlife and lush green rainforest. 
  • The educational talks at the start of the tour are unique and in-depth to explain exactly what you will expect from the dive. 
  • The tour is pet-friendly. Bring your favourite little furry friend along to meet friendly canine resident, Molly
  • The world’s first scuba diving experience in platypus waters.

Included In Price

  • Eco friendly, multi award winning
  • All diving equipment including wet suits, fins, snorkels and air tank
  • Max 6 pax per actual dive in water, min 1 pax
  • 30-minute platypus education
  • 20-minute show & tell other aquatic life
  • Private Instructor/guide
  • All equipment
  • 1 No time limit dive
  • Refreshments
  • Free Wi-Fi at shop so you can instantly share your photos

While the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s best known places to scuba dive, Finch Hatton Gorge in Mackay is said to be the only place in the world where you can scuba dive with the platypus.

This is a unique scuba diving tour experience for young and old within the calm, clear waters of the rainforest in the Mackay - Isaac region.

In fact it is the only company in the world to offer scuba diving tours in rainforest waters where Platypus live!

This truly is a unique Australian tour for the whole family to enjoy.

First-time or experienced divers are welcome, and group sizes are small to ensure an authentic, underwater experience is enjoyed by all.

All scuba divers will need to fill out a medical questionairre to ensure your safety and the safety of others underwater.

If you wish, you may just snorkel in the rainforest waters and join our educational rainforest scuba and platypus tour.

There is such a huge array of other fascinating underwater native Australian animals that you may have never seen or heard of before.

Book our rainforest scuba platypus tour in advance as during peak season we are normally booked out very early on our tours.  

And just remember platypus are very shy creatures so we cannot guarantee you will see them but we certainly give it the best chance.

All equipment provided

The last thing you want to worry about when on your holiday is carrying around bulky equipment, so everything is provided for a complete dive.

You will spend some time prior to the tour getting fitted with appropriate wet suits, snorkels, fins and scuba tanks. 

Let’s talk education (and fun)

Enjoy a 30-minute education session, as well as a 15-minute ‘show-and-tell’ about the aquatic life that can be found inside the billabong, including fish, turtles, eel-tailed catfish, eels, shrimp and, of course, the platypus.

Platypus are shy creatures that don’t abide by any particular pattern, so the tour guide says when they are seen, it’s a very special moment. 

The billabong awaits

Equipment is gathered, wet suits are on and, now you are armed with a little extra information, you will discover first-hand the wonders of the rainforest.

Enjoy spectacular scenic views of the cane fields and rainforest as you take the 15-minute drive to the crystal-clear waters of Finch Hatton Gorge. 

Safety first, then it’s dive time

You will make your way to the billabong and practice breathing techniques.

First-timescuba divers will be made to feel calm and safe in and out of the water.

The beauty of diving within rainforest waters is the added comfort of safety for divers who may not be confident swimmers.

With the billabong being a shallow pool of water, you need not stress if you find yourself a little flustered underwater.

Simply stand up. 

Discover the underwater world of the rainforest

There’s no rushing on this dive tour. Spend an enjoyable 45 minutes to one hour crawling slowly across the billabong floor.

Some of the aquatic life will be curious and others will require patience so move slow.

Take in the underwater life and feel free to stop and ask questions.

While it’s not guaranteed you will always see a platypus, the dive offers exciting and spectacular underwater experiences. 

Refreshing and enjoyable, right to the end

When the dive is over, you’ll feel refreshed and maybe a little tired after such an exciting experience in the Finch Hatton Gorge waters.

Make your way back to the dive shop for a warm cup of tea or coffee and to change into dry clothes.  

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Pioneer Valley

Departure Time


Departure Instructions
  • Check in at Broken River Kiosk 6.00pm
  • Self drive from Mackay, please allow 1.5 hours each way
  • All bookings must be reconfirmed at least 48 hours prior to departure.
Pickup Locations

Mackay city and marina


Broken River

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day


Allow 3+ hours

Available for Purchase / Hire

Return transfers from Mackay/Finch Hatton (additional cost & allow an extra 1.5 hours each way)

Fitness Level Required



Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information

Certified divers must present their certification card.

Eco Certifications
Certified Tourism

Camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, swimwear, towel and thongs or water wear shoes.

Containes notes on wheelchair accessContaines notes for the visually impairedContaines notes for the hearing impaired
Wheelchair Accessibility

Flat ground and wheelchair access is available at the PADI shop with good clearance to allow for easy wheelchair movement.

Wheelchair access is available on the flat side of Finch Hatton Gorge where individuals in wheelchairs can access the water or watch the tour group dive.

Please note: Finch Hatton Gorge contains rough terrain (small rocks/pebbles). Slight inclines and bumps will be encountered and assistance may be required.

It is recommended that individuals in wheelchairs be accompanied by another person/carer.

Visually Impaired Notes

People with visual impairement will need to be accompanied by a carer/person without visual impairment.

Hearing Impaired Information

The PADI shop is well signed.

Hand signals are commonly used in scuba diving which can be used for people with hearing impairment.

It is recommended that a person with hearing impairment (who is a first-time diver) have someone with them (as well as instructor) when diving.

Additional Information

Disabled travellers can participate in a dive where special requirements have been arranged prior to the tour.

Please discuss any special requirements you have with us.
Pre-order Local Transport

You must arrange your own local transport in advance.

Children under 8 or not participating are welcome to watch the dive from the banks of the billabong

Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our Terms and Conditions for details prior to booking.

  • No shows and reservations cancelled within 48 hours prior to departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Reservations cancelled more than 48 hours but less than 1 week prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • This tour is subject to change or cancellation due to weather conditions at the discretion of the tour operator. Rainforest Scuba reserves the right to transfer guests to another tour where appropriate.

Rainforest Scuba - Rainforest Dive - Platypus Spotting Dive Tour - Mackay

Tour Code: 417

Departing: Pioneer Valley

Pickup: Mackay city and marina

Amazing Experience



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$120.00
Family: au$480.00

Tour Code: 417



13 yrs & over

8 - 12 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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