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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns

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  • 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

Cooler temperatures and rare sightings of nocturnal wildlife on this night tour of the Atherton Tablelands.

What's Included

  • 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

Departure & Return

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Departure Time

2:00 PM

Please Note

We pick up from any location and type of accommodation in and around the city of Cairns.

What To Expect

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

Head to 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 rain forest to see 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 rain forest, 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.

Atherton Tablelands

There is no better place close to Cairns to see some of the rarest animals in Australia in the wild. We spend the majority of our tour exploring the region searching for wildlife.

4 hours Admission Ticket Free

Curtain Fig National Park

We take you to this amazing natural spectacle during the night walk section of our tour. The sites and sound of the rainforest at night is an experience you will not forget.

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Fun activity.
Mark_L, Jul 2022
We had a great time. Paul was a wonderful guide and had many interesting stories and lots of information to share. We didn’t see as many animals as we had hoped but this is a rainforest not a petting zoo.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Glad you enjoyed it overall. You never know what you will find on our tour but it’s always fun looking!
amazing rainforest tour!
Alex_S, Jul 2022
Booked this rainforest tour with my family and our expectations were completely exceeded. Our tour guide was absolutely amazing at showing us all the different wildlife in the rainforest during they day and at night. He also gave us historical insight into the rainforest as well as the town we visited. Overall amazing experience, would 100% book again if we came back to Cairns!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hey thanks for the review. I am glad you enjoyed it!
Suzanne_J, Jul 2022
Beautiful and ancient tropical rainforest. Informative guide who did his best to entertain us. Very few animals were seen as it poured with rain the whole time.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
That was a wet night! Glad you enjoyed it though.
Highly recommended
Jack_C, Jul 2022
Paul (the guide) was exceptional, very knowledgeable and helpful. We had three tours during our 5 days visit at Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest Night tour was by far the best experience. It was a real eye opener to see some of our precious Australian wildlife in their natural habitat.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Cheers Jack, thanks for the recommendations!
An amazingly...
Lauren_E, Jun 2022
An amazingly knowledgeable guide that has a great understanding of the habitat and the surroundings, informative and fun tour I highly recommend.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hey thanks for the recommendation, so glad you enjoyed it!
Getting to see the Tree...
Sean_M, Jun 2022
Getting to see the Tree Kangaroo and platypus was really good also the countless other animals The host was very knowledgeable and friendly It was a very good way to spend a last night in Cairns
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Glad you enjoyed it
Rainforest Tour
Therese_F, Apr 2022
Seeing the animals was fantastic, particularly in the evening. The reason for the 4 star rating was that I felt the tour was rushed. I would have preferred to spend more time in the evening and soak up the peace and quiet listening to the birds and animals. The instruction was very knowledgeable. Dinner at the local was exceptional also
Response from Host, May 2022
There is a lot to see on the Tablelands so I try to make sure you experience as many areas as possible and moving around gets us the opportunity to see more animals. Would hardly call the pace rushed though. Glad you enjoyed it overall!
10/10 way to see Australian wildlife
Elizabeth_B, Apr 2022
This tour was an incredible experience lead by a very knowledgeable guide. We really enjoyed hearing about the history of the area and gaining insight about the animals that call the tablelands home. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the rainforest at night, and I thought this tour was more exciting and had more to see than the Daintree. Having binoculars and umbrellas supplied enhanced the experience and really showed how much Paul cared about the participant experience.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks for that! So glad you enjoyed it.
Not your average wildlife tour
Lorraine_H, Jan 2022
A very different wildlife tour. Small group which is much more friendly and Paul was very knowledgeable about local flora and fauna. We managed to see platypus. Tree kangaroos, rat kangaroos, pademelons, bandicoots along with lots of species of possum, lizards and plants. Dinner at the old country pub was excellent. A great tour.
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Glad you enjoyed it thanks for the review.
Great experience
John_P, Oct 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would not hesitate recommending to anyone. We saw several of the rare native wildlife animals including the elusive tree kangaroo.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thanks for recommendation. Glad you enjoyed the tour.
Paul’s knowledge of the...
Sue_J, Oct 2021
Paul’s knowledge of the area and where to find platypus, tree kangaroos and other wildlife made the tour everything we hoped for.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
So glad you enjoyed it!
Rainforest magic
Larelle_C, Nov 2020
Paul is a very experienced and knowledgable guide. Equipment is supplied except bring your own water bottle. The pace of the tour is pretty cracking with a lot of walking so you need to stay hydrated and wear the correct footwear to walk on the rainforest trails. Dinner in the "country pub" marvellous.
Response from Host, Nov 2020
Thanks for that. Glad you enjoyed it.
Possums and Pladypus
Paradise699811, Nov 2019
This was a wonderful journey into the forest by moon light. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Bring bug spray!!
Amazing wildlife
Cindy W, Oct 2019
Pau was absolutely fantastic and extremely informative. We saw a lot of different wildlife, especially nocturnal animals too. It was a lovely day.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Thanks Cindy glad you enjoyed it.
Lets be clear, this trip is all...
Roger B, Mar 2018
Lets be clear, this trip is all about the wildlife. Paul has some very useful local knowledge, and tries his best to put you in a position to see the animals. To that end he drives you out of Cairns to the Tablelands, and then from location to location looking for birds/animals/trees/plants/insects of interest. I was in a group that was very into it, and it was very enjoyable bonding with these people. Food stop was more than adequate at pleasant village hotel. For the record we saw: platypus incredible ... we got very close!!, tree kangaroos, wallabies, possums 3 types, flying foxes, cane toads, white tailed rat, bearded dragon, brush turkey, huntsmans spider, fig tree. The after dark part is a treat. Totally safe. No issues with creepy crawlies or biting bugs. Most memorable tour on my month-long trip to Australia/New Zealand.
My family and I took this tour with...
Sam L, Jan 2018
My family and I took this tour with Paul and I wasn't disappointed with respect to the wildlife. We spotted many wallabies, platypus, opossum, and three tree kangaroos. Dinner was pretty decent and we got the veg food we had opted for. Paul seems to know exactly where to look for animals and I am sure you will like the experience. Paul does drive fast and the roads weren't kind to those of us seated behind in the van. My family and I were hit by waves of nausea while in the van. So, that bit, I wasn't too happy with. Everything else was just right.
Absolutely THE best trip to go on if...
Ian G, Jan 2018
Absolutely THE best trip to go on if you love wildlife and nature. Paul, the guide and owner of the company, is brilliant, has a wealth of knowledge and is passionate about what he does. He really, really made the experience very memorable. We saw animals and birds during the afternoon and evening that we didn't expect to see and as it is a small group tour it really is all the more special as you can share the experience with just a few like-minded people. We also experienced the Southern Hemisphere night sky in total darkness where you really can appreciate the night sky with its millions of stars and a very useful App!. A definite MUST DO excursion if you get the opportunity.
Good tour, but it's not for...
Dmitry S, Dec 2017
Good tour, but it's not for experienced travelers if you've been in real trips of Indonesia/Thailand in the jungle. Don't expect you'll go further to jungle than 100 meters from where you parked : . During the trip you will drive between 4-5 known spots where particular animals live and make short stops to see them. While it's a good value for the price - just be aware that you're not going to 8 hour long expedition to the jungle that was my mistake thinking so, and nobody here commented on the real flow of the tour.
Once in a life time experience! My...
Rachel, Nov 2017
Once in a life time experience! My friend Joy and I both loved the experience. The tablelands rainforest is mysterious and full of life. Our guide Paul was very passionate and knowledgeable about the forest and the wild animals living there. We felt safe traveling in the pitch dark rainforest under his guide, and had fun seeing the tree kangaroos, possums, flying foxes got pooped by one on the face wear hats and shut your mouth when you look up...-D fireflies and more! Because of the high altitude, there weren't mosquitoes bothering us either, which was a plus. Dinner was awesome too, would go with rare on the steak if ever going back the next time though. Thank you Paul!
That was a really amazing day...
Emmanuelle H, Aug 2017
That was a really amazing day !!! Paul knows perfectly the area and the animals to see. We've seen so much all day long: platypus, wallabies, possums, etc. So much to dicover for a wildlife lover !!! I highly recommend this tour :.


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