Cairns, Australia

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clock-o8 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

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

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R
, 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.

S
, 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.

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, 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.

D
, 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.

R
, 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 too...so 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!

h
, Oct 2017

This tour was amazing!

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, Sep 2017

Amazing tour! Saw some really cool wildlife.

S
, Aug 2017

Very informative guide that really cares about the Australian wildlife. Wildlife is hard to predict so I didn't see a lot until dark but it was still really great! Thanks!

E
, 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 :.

C
, Jul 2017

Wallabies, possums, king fishers, ibis, rainbow lorikeets, flying foxes, turtles, worms, a caterpillar, platypus, micro bat... we spotted a lot of animals on this exciting trip! Unfortunately, we had had bad weather for the last 5 days and it was still rainy so it was hard to hear/see more. I wish we had also seen tree kangurus, snakes, frogs... which were mentioned. I think our guide was also a bit disappointed but they remained jolly. We were told tons about the rainforest and the areas we drove through throughout the trip.

We had a good dinner have the rib filet if you fancy beef! and we saw the Curtain Fig, which is an incredible tree. I also appreciated the personal touch at the end: our guide played the music of their friend on the way back in the bus, which was very pleasant. I'm glad I chose this tour!


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