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  • Location: Cairns, Australia
  • Duration:  8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
See Australia's unique animals and birds in their natural environment on a rainforest wildlife-spotting tour in the Atherton Tablelands. Led by an expert nature guide, your small-group nocturnal tour visits a number of locations including lush tropical rainforest and a volcanic crater lake. See kangaroos, lizards and possums by day, and search for the elusive platypus after sundown. Enjoy afternoon tea at Lake Barrine and dinner at a country restaurant, then go spotlighting for owls, bats and tree kangaroos by starlight on this fascinating nocturnal wildlife tour.

Highlights

  • Tour Atherton Tablelands Rainforest and see native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Follow interpretive rainforest walking trails
  • Look for endemic wildlife 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 of maximum 11 participants for a more personal 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.

What You Can Expect

Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

Curtin Fig Tree, Atherton Tablelands Rainforest

With pickup from Cairns’ city hotels, your wildlife-spotting tour begins in the early afternoon.

See wonders of nature including thousand-year-old kauri pines, as your expert guide leads you along interpretive trails through the rainforest to search for butterflies, birds and flying foxes (bats).

Your tour takes you to a spectacular volcanic pool at Lake Barrine, where afternoon tea at the tea house is served.

As dusk falls, follow a trail by the river to search for the shy platypus, one of the world's most unusual animals.

Enjoy dinner at a country restaurant, then go spotlighting on a walk under the southern stars. While helping you wind your way through the World Heritage-listed rainforest, your guide will point out tiny ringtail possums hiding in the trees, shiny green gecko lizards, the local Lumholtz tree kangaroo, glider possums, frogs and owls.

You'll come away with a greater appreciation of Australia's wonderful wildlife, environment and culture on this original spotlighting tour. Operating for more than 30 years, the tours are led by knowledgeable, enthusiastic and professional local guides who are familiar with North Queensland's lush and fertile wet tropics rainforests.

To help you spot the wildlife, use of on-board spotlights, binoculars and rain ponchos is included.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This tour was the highlight of my trip to Cairns. Our guide Paul was passionate and knowledgeable about the Tablelands rainforest and provided very personalised glimpses into the wildlife of the forest. Our twilight experience viewing a platypus in a forest pool was magical. Dinner at Nick's cafe was delicious and this was followed by a unique experience spotlighting nocturnal mammals. We were lucky to see several varieties of possums and bandicoots and experience the beauty of the forest after dark. Would recommend this ecotour to all who value the wonders of the rainforest.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

The tour guide was great and went over and above to make sure we saw as many animals as possible. Seeming them at night was really neat too. The dinner was amazing!

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