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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns

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See Australia's unique animals and birds in their natural environment on a rainforest wildlife-spotting tour in the Atherton Tablelands. Led by an expert nature guide, your small-group nocturnal tour visits a number of locations including lush tropical rainforest and a volcanic crater lake. See tree kangaroos, lizards and musky rat kangaroo by day, and search for platypus at dusk. Enjoy afternoon tea at Lake Barrine and dinner at a country restaurant, then go spotlighting for possum, bandicoots, owls, bats and tree kangaroos by starlight on this fascinating nocturnal wildlife tour.
  • Spot nocturnal wildlife during a guided night walk in the Atherton Tablelands
  • Includes afternoon tea and dinner at a traditional country restaurant
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Cairns
  • Small group of up to 11 people for a personalized tour
What to Expect
After pickup from your Cairns hotel, set out on the approximately 1-hour drive into the Atherton Tablelands region. Start your tour by with an afternoon walk through the rain forest, looking out for tropical birds, butterflies, and flying foxes or fruit bats. Stop to admire natural wonders, including ancient kauri pine trees, the Curtain Fig Tree, and Barrine Crater Lake. Then, enjoy afternoon tea at a lakeside teahouse. Continue your tour with a sunset walk to spot platypus, which are most often seen at sundown, before heading to a traditional country restaurant for dinner. After nightfall, follow your guide on a thrilling rain forest hike by torchlight, and look out for nocturnal wildlife, including green geckos, Lumholtz’s tree kangaroos, gliding possums, frogs, owls, and tiny ringtail possums. Back in Cairns, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Cairns hotels
Departure Time
2:00 PM
8h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Afternoon tea
  • Dinner
  • National Park fee
  • All equipment (binoculars, spotlighting gear, rain ponchos, reference materials)
  • Entry/Admission - Atherton Tablelands
  • Drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please wear closed toe shoes and a jacket for night time.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involve. Low fitness level required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please bring insect spray as this is not provided
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Wow, Paul our guide and driver had an amazing talent for spotting wildlife, day and night. He even stopped traffic to save a python in the road on the way back! We saw so much it's hard to pick a favorite - even witnessed platypus...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Samanthajoycehunter
WaitaWhileCairns, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

You did get special moment with the Platypus! Glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked this excursion as we wanted to do something different to the run of the mill tours of the Tablelands. We were not disappointed. Paul was an excellent and knowledgeable guide and we saw more wildlife in a late afternoon and evening trip than...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Andrew V
PaulM12041, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey thanks for the review Andrew. So glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and our 18 year old daughter choose this tour because we flew into Cairns about 9:30 am and most all tours leave earlier than that. I began looking for afternoon/evening tours and this was perfect! We were lucky enough to have Tapio as...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JAMBecker25
PaulM12041, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the recommendation. Tapio is a walking encyclopaedia when it comes the the Rainforest. Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the Day and Night Rainforest Tour and it was incredible! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and knew just where to spot all sorts of wildlife. Having both a daylight and also a nighttime portion of the tour really added - hiking in the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Barbara F
WaitaWhileCairns, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the recommendation. It is an experience to be in the forest at night.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour was just amazing. Paul is highly knowledgeable about the local wildlife and the places to find them. We started the tour with flying foxes, and wallabies. The accent up into Tablelands is steep and curvy but he warned us about that before we...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Jaclyn B
WaitaWhileCairns, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the review and recommendation. Glad you enjoyed it.

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Melissa D
2 October 2018|
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Response from FloridaWanderer2 | Reviewed this property |
No real hiking at all. There are several stops with no long walks at all. I would estimate all of them together at no more than 1.5-2 miles.
15 June 2018|
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Response from Robert H | Reviewed this property |
Paul uses a minivan, so plenty of space for four of you, we stayed in Palm Cove and pick up was not a problem, slightly earlier than he advertises on his website, at 13:00
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