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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns

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
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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
From US$148.49
Overview
The lakes, rain forest, and waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands harbor an incredible variety of wildlife, all just an hour's 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.
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.
Reviews (195)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
What a unique experience!!!

Everything about his tour was unique from start to finish. The small group size was definitely a plus as we were able to move quickly from one spot to another. They came to pick everyone up at their hotel which was awesome. Paul was our...More

1  Thank Kelly C
PaulM12041, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Cheers Kelly. Thanks for the recommendations. Our roads do test people’s resilience sometimes. But the area they take you to is so worth it, as you discovered!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing tour with a knowledgeable enthusiastic guide

We were kindly picked up from our apartment in Earlsville and were off on an action packed trip. We saw lots of hard to find animals and heard all about their habits and quirks. Paul really knows where to look to find animals of all...More

1  Thank doralei
Paul M, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review. We often see animals that Australians never get to see!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
This is a Must !

If you only do one wildlife tour, this is the one ! We saw Agile Wallabies, Green Ants, Red Backed Spider, Musky Rat Kangaroo, Microbats, Flying Foxes, Boyd's Forest Dragon Lizard, the rare Lumholtz Tree Kangaroos and in the dark, several different possums as well...More

1  Thank HayKay1
Paul M, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the recommendations.

Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile
Platypus in wild!

Joined this amazing afternoon-till-night tour! Our wonderful guide Paul took us to different spots and he knows how to find those Australia wildlife animals quickly! We saw ringtail possum, brushtail possum, pademelon and python, all nocturnal rainforest animals you can name them! And I got...More

Thank 242kelvinl
PaulM12041, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Thanks kelvin. It was a pleasure to show you around.

Reviewed 7 October 2018
Lots of sightings, excellent guide, beautiful landscape

If you are an animal lover, this is the tour for you. I did six different tours out of Cairns and this one was my absolute favorite. We saw so many different creatures, and the scenery was lovely. Getting away to the quiet, scenic backroads...More

Thank Rikki H
PaulM12041, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

I am glad you enjoyed your tour. We always get to see lots of animals, the other tours are all day trips so beautiful scenery but not many animals. Our timing means we see so many. Thanks for the review.

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Melissa D
2 October 2018|
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Response from Robert G | 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.
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Sarah A
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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