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Atherton Tablelands Rainforest by Night from Cairns

  • Guided night walk in the rainforest: spot nocturnal wildlife
  • Includes afternoon tea and dinner at a traditional country restaurant
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Cairns
Atherton Tablelands Rainforest by Night from Cairns
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Atherton Tablelands Rainforest by Night from Cairns
The lakes, rainforest, and waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands harbor an incredible variety of wildlife, all just an hour 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 like platypus, possums, owls, and Lumholtz tree kangaroo.
What to Expect
After pickup from your Cairns hotel, set out on the around 1-hour drive into the Atherton Tablelands region. Start your tour by with an afternoon walk through the rainforest, looking out for tropical birds, butterflies, and flying fox bats. Stop to admire natural wonders including ancient kauri pine trees, the Curtain Fig Tree, and the Barrine crater lake, then enjoy afternoon tea at the lakeside teahouse.

Continue your tour with a sunset walk to spot platypus, who are most often seen at sundown, before heading to a traditional country restaurant for dinner. After nightfall, follow your guide on a thrilling rainforest hike by torchlight, and look out for nocturnal wildlife including green gecko lizards, Lumholtz tree kangaroo, glider possums, frogs, owls, and tiny ringtail possums.

Back in Cairns, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Great way to see animals in the Australian wild

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our host was knowledgeable and experienced, and we were able to see animals rarely seen in the wild. Our friends from Sydney were especially surprised we saw platypuses swimming in a creek. I was glad to see...More

Thank karin_thomas6
Paul M, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the recommendations. The night sky on a clear night is a special sight. Seeing platypus as often as we do always suprises Australians as they are seldom seen.

Reviewed 5 days ago
How about everything?

I could not have asked for anything more from my tour of Atherton Tablelands with Wait a while. We saw, literally, everything from tree kangaroos and possums to huge huntsman spiders and the elusive platypus. I was truly enthralled with the amount of wildlife that...More

Thank TravelAngler725
Paul M, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

There is a lot of wildlife around here, you just have to know where and more importantly when to look for it. That’s our specialty. Thanks for the recommendation.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Really fun tour, saw lots of wildlife, including the elusive Platypus! Our guide was very knowledgeable. Just bring some Dramamine if you tend to get car sick (roads are very curvy)

Thank GetOutandPlay
Paul M, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review and good advice about the roads.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
A must go tour for exploring the day and night of the rainforest

It is an amazing tour to give us a chance to see the different beauties of the day and night of the Rainforest. This can be proved by the uploaded photos. Our guide, Tapio who is a professional “biologist” gave us fruitful knowledge about the...More

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

Thank you Florence. Tapio is a fountain of knowledge and a great wildlife spotter. So glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great tour of the tablelands. Best part was the operator, fantastic person, extremely knowledgeable. Only 8 people on tour, they pick up and drop off at the hotel. The tour includes afternoon tea and dinner in a restaurant on the tablelands. We got to...More

Thank Donna V
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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