Rainforest Night Tour

This Rainforest Night Tour takes you on a journey through the Atherton Tablelands rainforest as it comes alive at night. With a small group and excellent guide, you will experience this unique wildlife environment that few others get the chance to see.

To experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest at night is truly something special.

About this Atherton Tablelands tour

About 80% of Australia’s wildlife is more active from dusk through to nighttime. This tour starts in the early afternoon, and while we are in the dark, we use spotlights in the dark to capture our unique animals up in the rainforest canopy.

Your informative guide will show you some of the world’s most unusual animals. Some of which include the mysterious platypus, tree kangaroos, possums, gliders, bats, bandicoots, echidnas, snakes, frogs and many others.

On the Rainforest Night Tour, you will also learn all about the tropical rainforest and how local Aboriginal tribes use the vegetation to make tools and to heal and make remedies.

Spot some of our Australian friends at night including platypus, tree kangaroos, bandicoots and more.

Don’t forget your camera!

  • Bus pickups commence in Cairns at 2.00 pm.
  • We head to the southern suburbs of cairns to check out a large mob of Agile Wallabies.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive up the Gillies Range. You are climbing up to 800 metres along with one of the country’s windiest roads.
  • Stopping at the Danbulla State Forest, we observe the large Cathedral Fig Tree. An 800-year-old giant of the rainforest.
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at Lake Barrine. A volcanic crater lake surrounded by lush rainforest. Take a walk to view the towering Bull Kauri Pines along with some wildlife spotting. Here, we have spotted Boyde’s Forest Dragons, the Musky Rat Kangaroo, and many rainforest birds. Depending on the season, we may sample some rainforest fruits.
  • We head to Lake Eacham to look for Saw Shelled Turtles, Archerfish and Eastern Water Dragons.
  • We then visit our private access viewing area to witness an active breeding pair of Platypus.
  • Enjoy dinner at a lovely country restaurant in Yungaburra. Coffee, tea provided any other drinks at your own expense.

  After Dark on the Wait A While Tour

  • After dark and armed with spotlights, we venture back into the forest. The Curtain Fig Tree park is a hive of activity with many species calling it home.
  • On clear nights you can enjoy stargazing at the Southern Cross and Milky Way.
  • The Rainforest Night Tour comes to an end at your accommodation at around 10 pm.
  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicles
  • Small groups
  • Pick up from accommodation
  • National Park Fees
  • Afternoon tea, dinner and refreshments
  • Binoculars, rain ponchos, torches and reference materials.
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Good walking shoes
  • Camera and water bottle
  • Day pack for personal items
  • The Rainforest Night Tour departs from Cairns. If you are staying in the Tablelands, pickups are also available from Lake Barrine.
  • Port Douglas pickups are also available with an extra charge.
  • Please advise any special dietary requirements.


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