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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns provided by Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours

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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns

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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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  • 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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  • 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 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.
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Important Information
8h 30m
  • 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
  • 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
  • Infant seats available
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Lauren Macintyre wrote a review Jun 2020
1 contribution
Currently reminiscing from our trip to Cairns 3 years ago and found the card from this tour. This is an amazing tour that is a must if you’re visiting Cairns. We saw such a wide variety of animals that we never would have seen such as tree kangaroos, green ants and even a
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Date of experience: July 2019
Response from WaitaWhileCairns, Owner at Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
Responded 6 days ago
Thanks for that!
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E V wrote a review Mar 2020
10 contributions
Paul is a wonderful and extreme knowledgeable tour guide. He puts a lot of time and effort into the whole trip. We were lucky and were able to see a lot of wildlife on our tour. I truly believe this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to get out and see what we seen on our
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from WaitaWhileCairns, Owner at Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Thanks for the review and recommendation! So glad you enjoyed it. I just hope we are still in business if you do come back. It’s going to be tough for the next few months!!
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PhiJamGeo wrote a review Mar 2020
20 contributions
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
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from WaitaWhileCairns, Owner at Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
Responded 8 Mar 2020
Thanks for the review.
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V W wrote a review Feb 2020
Boston, Massachusetts4 contributions
My husband and I have been in nature tours in the Amazon, Costa Rica, and parts of Africa and Australia. Our Wait a While tour guide blew us away in terms of his depth of knowledge about the wildlife in Australia, the environment, and the associated socioeconomics and politics.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from WaitaWhileCairns, Owner at Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
Responded 3 Mar 2020
Thanks for the high praise guys. Tapio your guide sure does know his stuff!
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Kerstin S wrote a review Feb 2020
Berlin, Germany55 contributions22 helpful votes
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.
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Response from WaitaWhileCairns, Owner at Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
Responded 19 Feb 2020
Thanks for the recommendation. It is a special place to visit. I am glad you enjoyed it.
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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
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Very interesting experience
My family thoroughly enjoyed this tour experience. Seeing so many animals in their natural, uniquely Australian hab
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Amazing trip full of wildlife
We went on this trip on 26th March and we were incredibly impressed with the amount of different species that Paul
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Absolutely fantastic
My girlfriend and I booked this while we had a quick weekend in Cairns and this review has been long overdue. We ha
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Key Details
  • Duration: 8h 30m
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  • Languages Offered: English
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