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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns

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  • Spot nocturnal wildlife during a guided night walk in the Atherton Tablelands
  • Includes afternoon tea and dinner at a traditional country restaurant
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Cairns
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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
From US$145.86
Overview
The lakes, rain forest, and waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands harbor an incredible variety of wildlife, all just an hour's 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, such as platypus, possums, owls, and Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo.
What to Expect
After pickup from your Cairns hotel, set out on the approximately 1-hour drive into the Atherton Tablelands region. Start your tour by with an afternoon walk through the rain forest, looking out for tropical birds, butterflies, and flying foxes or fruit bats. Stop to admire natural wonders, including ancient kauri pine trees, the Curtain Fig Tree, and Barrine Crater Lake. Then, enjoy afternoon tea at a lakeside teahouse.

Continue your tour with a sunset walk to spot platypus, which are most often seen at sundown, before heading to a traditional country restaurant for dinner. After nightfall, follow your guide on a thrilling rain forest hike by torchlight, and look out for nocturnal wildlife, including green geckos, Lumholtz’s tree kangaroos, gliding possums, frogs, owls, and tiny ringtail possums.

Back in Cairns, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Reviews (201)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wildlife Adventure

I took a tour with Wait-a-While this past June. It was absolutely amazing! Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. I highly recommended this tour if you have even the slightest interest in the native wildlife of Australia. This was one of the highlights...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ghargiss
PaulM12041, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the review and recommendations!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TOP 2 ACTIVITY IN CAIRNS 个人认为在凯恩斯最值得参加的两个项目之一

Luckily, I had a private solo tour with Paul to the wild animal kingdom in Atherton Tableland. Paul showed me almost everything I expected to see there day and night. Some are showed in my photos pasted. I went to Cairns twice, and I think...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank iamzhlei
PaulM12041, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the review. I am glad you enjoyed your tour.

Reviewed December 12, 2018
Bucket-list wildlife

As an Australian who loves our land and natural environment I was thrilled to see so many of the creatures unique to this rainforest. It was amazing how easy it was, with Paul’s local knowledge taking us to roadsides and easy short walks in the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Marg J
PaulM12041, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks for the review. It kind of is easy to find the wildlife round here, as long as you know where and when! I am glad you enjoyed it and got to see those bucket list animals.

Reviewed December 8, 2018
Best tour in Australia!

I really lucked out with this tour, having a super small group and a very knowledgeable guide (PhD in Tropical Ecology!). We saw so many animals, nearly 30 species in just the one tour. Wallabies, platypus, possums, bats, birds, and more! The best tour I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kim B
PaulM12041, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2018

Thanks Kim. We are so lucky living here as there is so much wildlife out there and when you have someone like Tapio as your guide you really get to see it, and learn about it.

Reviewed November 22, 2018
Paul can find the platypus! And lots more…

The first time we went to Australia, we were frequently told that the most interesting wildlife emerged at night, but we were unlikely to see any of these nocturnal animals in the wild. On a return to Australia in July, however, we were determined to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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PaulM12041, Owner at Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2018

I can never guarantee we will see a Platypus but we have a great place to try and find then and luckily we usually do it is such a special place here. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Melissa D
October 1, 2018|
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Response from FloridaWanderer2 | Reviewed this property |
No real hiking at all. There are several stops with no long walks at all. I would estimate all of them together at no more than 1.5-2 miles.
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Sarah A
June 14, 2018|
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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
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