Eungella is about a 1.5 hour drive west from Mackay & atop one of the many hill. Everything there -- and en route -- was lush & bright green. Sugar cane is everywhere in this part of Queensland. The view of Pioneer Valley was unsurpassed!
They were not at the usual viewing area as it was the wrong time of day; they're out around dawn/dusk and it was midday. After a tip from the boys, we trekked to a more shaded pool & I saw two platypi in the water. They wouldn't hold still long enough for me to get a clear photo, but it made me feel so insignificant to see them in real life! The only surviving species of monotremes are indiginous to Australia & New Guinea. You cannot see these creatures anywhere else on the planet. Forgetting physical barriers, there are time constraints too. I may never see a monotreme (echidnas & platypi) again since they're endangered animals!
The animals in Eungella -- heck everywhere -- are awesome and timeless, and I hope we can save them from extinction.