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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns

By Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours
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The lakes, rain forest, and waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands harbor an incredible variety of wildlife, all just a short drive from Cairns. On this tour, enjoy a rare opportunity to hike through the jungle both during the day and at night, and spot nocturnal creatures, such as platypus, possums, owls, and Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo.
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₱7,963.99
per adult
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₱7,963.99
per adult

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Ages 4-99, max of 11 per group
Duration:8h 30m
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • 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

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Afternoon tea
  • Dinner
  • National Park fee
  • All equipment (binoculars, spotlighting gear, rain ponchos, reference materials)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
What's not included
  • Drinks, unless specified

After pickup from your Cairns hotel, set out on the drive into the Atherton Tablelands region. Start your tour 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 platypuses, 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 flashlight, 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.

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from any location and type of accommodation in and around the city of Cairns.
  • Ports:
  • Cairns
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 611960119T1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
  • Reduced numbers on tour
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns?
Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns price starts from ₱7,854.25. Discover and book Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns on Tripadvisor
What is the Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns cancellation policy?
Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns?
Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns is hosted by Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 611960119T1

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Atherton Tablelands
    Stop: 4 hours
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  • 2
    Curtain Fig National Park
    Stop: 60 minutes
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    Pass by
    Yungaburra
  • 3
    Lake Barrine
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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Houndog181
Houndog181
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Awesome
Did this trip last night. Spotted a platypus and tree kangaroo and much more. Pub dinner was excellent. Paul was ve
Jalee15
Jalee15
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Holiday highlight
Just did a fantastic nature tour with Paul from Waitawhile. He pointed out so much wildlife that we would never hav
PrathaDenmark
PrathaDenmark
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An amazing experience
I booked on this tour not quite sure what to expect. I was delighted. The guide, Trapio, I hope I have splet his n
765GWH
765GWH
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Very interesting experience
My family thoroughly enjoyed this tour experience. Seeing so many animals in their natural, uniquely Australian hab
Udita P
Udita P
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Informative, interesting and fun
Since the moment I decided to visit Australia, seeing the biodiversity of this unique place has been on my priority
emusdad
emusdad
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Can you leave a sixth star?
I guess not, I tried. Where do I begin? First, with owner operator Paul. What a friendly and knowledgeable guide an
loveshak22
loveshak22
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Interesting and fun tour!
Paul was a great guide and I loved seeing all the animals of the area! While we didn't see everything we set out to
Imliooper
Imliooper
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We struck lucky...
This is a tour worth doing if you are interested in seeing flora and fauna in the rainforest habitat by day and by
clairer1965
clairer1965
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Day trip
I did This trip alone but didn’t feel alone , I was picked up from my hotel and the guide , who was German was so l
FiwDi
FiwDi
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Very beautiful experience !
Very small group (4 and Peter our guide) and we could see wallabies, bats, platypus, tree kangaroos, oppossums... b
Anne L
Anne L
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A unique experience
This was a great way to see native species in their own environment. Our guide was able to spot many animals and ga
Sansom1978
Sansom1978
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Unique
I went on the Rainforest tour yesterday. Loved that it is a lunchtime pick up and does not require a 0600 alarm clo
T2845PUsimons
T2845PUsimons
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Tablelands Marsupials and much much more
The trip was booked for by trip advisor and I’d pretty much forgotten about it until I arrived in Port Douglas in e
906johannesk
906johannesk
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Deep insights in the Australian Rainforest
Had the tour with Tapio who is a rainforest researcher at James Cook University and proves that by knowing the exac
kims405
kims405
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The best way to see the rainforest!
This was one of our best tours. It was fun and informative. A great way to see the creatures at night - we even s
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Jody64
Adelaide, Australia29 contributions
Nov 2020
came across this tour when searching for things to do in Cairns. Paul picked us up & 1 other person for our tour. We went to many different areas of the Atherton Tablelands for sightseeing of magnificent rainforests & lots of special animals & reptiles. We saw tree kangaroos, possums, platypus,musky rat kangaroos,boyds forest dragons,leaf tailed ghettos, bats & wallabies. Paul was excellent at spotting these unique animals & reptiles in their natural environment . Had a delicious dinner at a local pub also. Overall a fantastic day & night out (1:30 pm to 9:30pm) Great value for money and a very different way to see native wildlife
Written 25 November 2020
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WaitaWhileCairns
Glad you enjoyed it.
Written 26 November 2020
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196JerryS
Noosa, Australia311 contributions
Aug 2020
Amazing tour with Paul! We decided to do this tour for something different and to support a fellow local small business and we ended up having the best day our. Paul was really friendly, funny and knowledgeable and taught us heaps about our own region. He was very conscious of safety throughout, ensuring we remained away from traffic and wore safety reflectors for the night time viewing so we could easily be seen. Supplied us great equipment for the day including binoculars and taught us how to use them effectively for the best viewing. Saw SO much wildlife! He really knew the spots to take us and how to view them. We saw so many birds on our rain forest walks and he was able to identify them and provide lots of information. He even carried a tablet to show us photos of them if we hadn't got a great view so we knew what we'd heard/caught a glimpse of. We also got to see wild tree kangaroos! Never thought it would be possible to spot one of these, but there they were! Also got some really great platypus viewing and got to see all sorts of creatures on the night time viewing such as possums, bandicoots, pademelons and bats. Didn't even know we have a green ringtail possum, but he was able to find one for us. Highly recommend this tour for lovers of wildlife, you wont be disappointed!
Written 8 September 2020
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WaitaWhileCairns
Loved showing you around so I am glad you enjoyed it.
Written 10 September 2020
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sideeffex
Salem, OR28 contributions
I’m not someone who enjoys tours generally. The crowds, the jostling to hear the guide or see whatever it is, no thanks. This is not that. Paul operates a high class smaller operation wherein he shows you platypuses, possums, tree kangaroos and owls punctuated by a cup of tea and a barramundi dinner. He has a killer eye for nature and will track an owl or spot a forest dragon to the delight of the group. You shouldn’t miss this.
Written 6 February 2020
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Cheers Heather. Glad you enjoyed it.
Written 6 February 2020
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Jenny W
8 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
This trip is a must! It has been my favourite part of our holiday in Cairns so far. We saw, heard, experienced (and even tasted!) so much wildlife, much of which is right under your nose and you would never see it without this excellent guide! Anything we picked up, pointed out or heard in the distance, our guide could tell us exactly what it was and we learned so much. Our group was a mix of people from different backgrounds and a wide age gap, yet the atmosphere created by our guide was so relaxed and our group was instantly chatting and getting to know each other from the start. It was such a unique experience so spot wildlife at night. We saw many Boyd forrest dragons, tasted fruit (quandong), watched a brush turkey building it's nest, saw a platypus swimming and diving in the water and climbing up on the bank to scratch, saw glowing fungus in the dark, amazing trees like the curtain figs, and spotted a few rat kangaroos, chowchilla birds, a green tree frog, big huntsman spiders, bats, green ringtail possums, coppery and common brush tail possums, and an atherton jungle python. Overall it is a unique experience which feels like you are being brought around by a friend who knows all the secrets! The bonus is that there is no artificial element to this trip in that none of the wildlife are disturbed, fed or coaxed in any way. You just have the privilege of observing them while they do what they do! Thank you Paul for a great experience.
Written 27 December 2020
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WaitaWhileCairns
Thanks Jen. It was a pleasure to show you around.
Written 28 December 2020
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Kerstin S
Berlin, Germany52 contributions
Very special tour! We enjoyed it a lot, saw tree kangaroos, the platypus and other wild animals. It started to rain a lot so we also experienced the rainy rain forest during the night. We loved it and would highly recommend it to anybody who loves the nature.
Written 16 February 2020
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Thanks for the recommendation. It is a special place to visit. I am glad you enjoyed it.
Written 19 February 2020
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Pepe
Ellesmere Port, UK521 contributions
An excellent afternoon/evening with Wait A While. Paul, our guide, was very informative with his commentaries and advise on the dangers of the plant life etc. All the main attractions were covered and we were lucky to spot tree kangaroos, various possums and of course a platypus!
Dinner at a wonderful old timber country pub was excellent.
A great trip.
Written 23 June 2022
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WaitaWhileCairns
Cheers Les. It was a pleasure to show someone from my home town around this beautiful place!
Written 24 June 2022
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Clemo
Singleton, Australia2 contributions
Our guide Paul was fantastic, very knowledgeable on the area, the rainforest and the animals of the rainforest.
He went above and beyond to make sure we got to see as much as possible in the time we had.
Highly recommend this tour.
Written 19 February 2022
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WaitaWhileCairns
Glad you enjoyed it!
Written 20 February 2022
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Nhaywardnyc
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Aug 2020
We are just back from our Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by night tour with Paul. It was amazing. We are a family of five with three girls aged 11,9 and 7 and we all loved it. Paul knew so much about the forest and animals and answered every question they had. The trip was split up brilliantly so that the travel was short and we saw so many different things. We were lucky enough to see the platypus, snakes, possums, tree kangaroos, musky rat kangaroos, pademelon and the cathedral and curtain figs.

We would thoroughly recommend everyone goes on this tour. We loved it. Thank you Paul.
Written 26 August 2020
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WaitaWhileCairns
No worries guys. Pleasure to show you around!
Written 27 August 2020
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PhiJamGeo
20 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Our tour guide was a PhD professor who studies insects and the rainforest, so we had a very informative tour. The weather was perfect, with little rain and comfortable temperatures. We did spot a few platypuses, a tree kangaroo, a few possums, frogs and spiders. Without the guide it would have been near impossible to find these animals, so it worth the tour instead of going it alone.

The ride is slow and winding- take ginger tablets! Expect 1 hour 30 min ride each way from The Esplande area of Cairns. Tea break was minimal and dinner was fair.
Written 7 March 2020
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Thanks for the review.
Written 8 March 2020
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paulc24rbp
Brisbane, Australia70 contributions
Apr 2021
Tour was easy to book, communication was adequate to relay information. Picked up on time and tour was great from there. Excellent information given regarding the Cairns and Tablelands area. Successfully located a number of animals and Paul the guide again was very informative. Pub dinner was excellent and the pub itself has history. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Written 28 April 2021
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Thanks for the review and recommendations
Written 12 May 2021
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