Atherton Tablelands Explorer: Rainforest and Nocturnal Wildlife Spotlighting Tours

Duration: 2 and a half days.

Rainforest and Nocturnal Wildlife Spotlighting Tours Cairns

Join the Atherton Tablelands Explorer Wait-a-While Rainforest Tour for an adventure that takes you wildlife spotting day and night! Explore the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics Rainforest National Parks from Cairns with the region’s most experienced guides. For over 30 years, we’ve been hosting small, personal rainforest nocturnal wildlife spotlighting tours in the world’s oldest continuously surviving rainforest near Cairns.

With an impressive success rate, we take our guests to the Atherton Tablelands to observe elusive animals such as the platypus (we have a 90%+ success rate) and rare tree kangaroos in their natural habitat. With our spotlights, we capture the animals as they come alive at night, discovering the nocturnal wonders of the rainforest.

Explore the Cairns Tablelands

Cairns is a major tourist destination known for the Great Barrier Reef, yet relatively few discover the hidden gems of the Cairns Tablelands, also known as the Atherton Tablelands. Offering a shorter drive time than any Daintree rainforest tours, the Tablelands provide more excellent rainforest wildlife spotlighting opportunities, allowing our tours to depart in the early afternoon. As the rainforest comes alive at night, our spotlights enable us to capture the animals in the canopy. This tour is best suited for active people who enjoy walking and are comfortable exploring trails through the forest, often on uneven and muddy ground with medium inclines. We usually cover around 3-4km on foot, spread over at least four sites, making it a thrilling yet accessible adventure for nature lovers.

A Unique Experience

Experiencing the tropical rainforest at night is something you’ll remember forever. With an informative guide to help you understand this magnificent environment, you’ll gain insights into the unique flora and fauna that call the rainforest home.

Tour Description

After being picked up from your hotel (please note there is an extra $150 per booking pick-up fee for hotels in Port Douglas), we embark on our rainforest wildlife spotlighting tour around Cairns. Your guide will introduce you to some of the world’s most unusual animals, including the elusive platypus, tree kangaroos, possums, gliders, flying foxes, bandicoots, echidnas, snakes, and frogs.

We’ll also delve into the tropical rainforest’s history, learning how local Aboriginal people use the vegetation to make tools and remedies for everyday ailments. This enriching experience provides a deep connection to the land and its heritage.

Tour Details

  • Departs Cairns around 13:30, Port Douglas at 12:15 ($150 extra), and Northern Beaches at 13:00
  • Returns to Cairns by 21:30 hours (hotel drop-off)
  • Comfortable, fully air-conditioned van
  • maximum of 11 people
  • Afternoon tea and dinner are included
  • Learn about the tropical rainforest around the Cairns Tablelands
  • 90% success rate for platypus sightings
  • Easy walking, suitable for children
  • Personal, experienced guides lead small groups.
  • All equipment (binoculars, rain ponchos)
  • No hidden extras like national park fees, fuel levies, insurance, and surcharges
  • Meals: afternoon tea, dinner, and refreshments
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles

Quick Details:

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Ages: 5+

Uncle Brian’s Fun, Falls and Forest Tour

Experience the best of the Atherton Tablelands with Uncle Brian’s Fun, Falls, and Forest Tour. This fun-filled journey takes you through North Queensland’s spectacular Atherton Tablelands region with “Gus the Wonder Bus.” Explore waterfalls, rainforests, and wildlife in this breathtaking area, swimming in pristine waterfalls and ancient crater lakes.

Join us for a day of exploration, fun, and unforgettable memories in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands. Book your adventure today and discover the natural wonders of Far North Queensland.

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