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Tour code: 611960119T1
Venture into the rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands with an expert guide to observe Australian native animals in the wild. From Cairns, travel into the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics of Queensland to observe kangaroos, lizards and possums by daylight, then continue after sundown to look for nocturnal critters like the elusive platypus and Lumholtz tree kangaroo. Enjoy afternoon tea at Lake Barrine and dinner at a country restaurant. This small-group tour is limited to 11 people, which ensures a more personalized experience with your guide.

Highlights

  • 8.5-hour guided wildlife–spotting tour of Atherton Tablelands rainforest
  • Follow interpretive rainforest walking trails to see native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Look for animals such as the shy platypus, Lumholtz tree kangaroos and tree frogs
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at Lake Barrine, a natural volcanic crater lake
  • Go platypus spotting at dusk
  • Enjoy dinner at a country restaurant
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 11 participants provides a more intimate experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a rare opportunity to see the rainforest come alive at night, and get up close to some of Australia’s unique nocturnal wildlife. With only 11 people on each tour, you'll receive personal attention and insight from your knowledgeable guide.

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What You Can Expect

Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

Curtin Fig Tree, Atherton Tablelands Rainforest

Your wildlife-spotting tour starts in the early afternoon with pickup at your hotel in Cairns.

Drive about one hour to reach the Atherton Tablelands and Lake Barrine where you observe natural wonders by day and night, using the provided spotlights, binoculars and rain ponchos as needed.

Follow your expert guide along interpretive walking trails through the rainforest to see one thousand-year-old kauri pines, a towering curtain fig tree, butterflies, birds and flying foxes (bats). Check out a volcanic pool at Lake Barrine and take a break for afternoon tea at the 80-year-old teahouse, gazing over the lake as you snack on tea or coffee and fresh-baked goods.

Go in search of the reclusive platypus at sundown; if you're lucky you may see this shy and unusual animal in the wild. Before your night walk, have dinner at a country restaurant in a historic building. Afterward, take a night hike in the rainforest, while stars shine overhead. Using a spotlight, your guide points out bright green gecko lizards, the Lumholtz tree kangaroo, glider possums, frogs, owls and tiny ringtail possums that perch in the trees.

Gain a greater appreciation of Australia's wildlife, environment and culture as your knowledgeable local guide shares the beauty of the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics of Queensland. Your tour ends with return to your hotel at night.

Customer Reviews

Gillian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Recommend this trip! Paul was a great guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. He remembered everyone's name throughout the whole trip. Small sized tour which was helpful for the wildlife sightings. Was able to see a lot of wallabies and possums but also a tree kangaroo family, a gecko, and even a platypus. Tea/snacks were nice and the dinner was great. Just a heads up for those that may suffer from motion sickness the road up to the tablelands consists of many curves.

Florian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We really enjoyed the tour, both seeing the rainforest with those impressive fig trees and all the animals platypus, tree kangaroo, a very cool and rare lizard and many more. The travel was difficult for both me and my sister though, as the car goes fast on roads that turn more than 180 degrees at one direction and then the other, so if you're sensitive, please bring some pills!!!

Kelly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful experience start to finish - highly recommend this tour!

Richard d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent! We did and see more than we expected! The driver was the tour guide who did an excellent job taking us to places to see wild nature. It was almost a full day tour and we loved every secind of it except windy road and I tend to get car sick. However , I was prepared with motion sickness pillss, just one way:
I was able to buy dramamine in the uSA over the counter, but in Australia we were not able to find the same. If you come from another country try to bring your own! The guide provided binoculars and raincoats , we really did not need the raincoats , but it was to have them . The sky at night was so beautiful and we spotted some animals/mammals in the dark. Lots of kangaroos, wallabies, birds, etc.. We stopped at a great italian restaurant for dinner which was included. Vegetarian option was available too upon request.
I really recommend this tour to thise who enjoy wildlife and nature!
I really recommend this tour

Art D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was the highlight of our time in Cairns. Paul was an excellent guide who is a fount of knowledge and very good at finding animals, both during the day and at night. It was fun to see animals in the wild and not just in the preserves. He showed us an amazing variety of plants and animals. This is an all day adventure that is well worth the time.

Paul C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Always wanted to see a Tree Kangaroo, Platypus, Cassowary and Thylacine if they still exist in the wild.
On this tour with Paul I got to see 2 Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroos and 2 Platypus, plus several other mammals, reptiles, birds. The waterfalls, lakes and volcanic craters were great to see, plus the amazing
Cathedral Fig and Curtain Fig trees which are massive. Then there were the 1,000 year old Kauri Pines.
A really nice meal in the largest timber hotel historic in Australia. So glad I did this tour.

Emily Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide Paul is so knowledgable and very passionate- he's awesome and everyone should take this tour to see wildlife in the rainforest. Unlike the massive groups other tour companies run- Paul pays attention to the size of his tours and makes sure everyone is well taken care of

Eric M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was exactly what I wanted! I was able to see the rainforest at night and tons of animals. It is definitely for those who seek adventure.

Sandra D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

What an awesome experience. Paul who led the Tour was incredibly knowledgeable about the plants, creatures, the history and the geography of the area. The tour after dark was mystical with several animals spotted and the view of the many stars in the moonless night sky. Would highly recommend.

Niall M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Tour guide was excellent. Arrived on time and in good form. As with nature you can't always guarantee what you are going to see (or not going to see) but due to the instincts etc. of the tour guide we seen a wide range of animals. Snakes, possums, spiders, kangaroos to name but a few. The dinner that was also included was quite tasty. Highly recommend you give this tour a try. It's a full day experience starting around 2 pm and ends close to midnight. Well worth it though.

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