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Afternoon and Night Rainforest Wildlife Spotting Tour-Family

Cairns, QLD - Show on map
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Afternoon and Night Rainforest Wildlife Spotting Tour-Family


  • Platypus and tree kangaroo viewing
  • Tour of the beautiful Atherton Tablelands
  • Nocturnal animal spotting in the world oldest continuously surviving tropical rainforest

Take a walk on the wild side with this guided rainforest tour through the Atherton Tablelands. From the afternoon and into the night, this tour will take you through lush, tropical rainforests, where you can see a number of birds, animals, fish, reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitat.

What's Included?

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What's Included?

  • Guided tour in the Atherton Tablelands rainforests
  • Private guide in a small group
  • Spot native wildlife including platypus, possums and kangaroos
  • Transfers to and from accommodation
  • All meals included - afternoon tea, dinner and refreshments
  • Tour equipment - binoculars, spotlighting gear, rain ponchos

This small group tour is a unique experience to witness rare and endangered wildlife roaming freely in their natural habitats of the Atherton Tablelands tropical rainforests of Far North Queensland. This lush rainforest is home to a variety of birds, animals, fish, reptiles and amphibians, many that are not found elsewhere in Australia, which can be discovered throughout this afternoon and night time wildlife spotting tour. Spot possums, platypus, birds, snakes, frogs, kangaroos and rare tree kangaroos, and flying foxes throughout the tour.

Begin the tour with a scenic, winding drive, climbing 800 metres above sea level up the Gillies Range to Cairns' Atherton Tablelands, before journeying on to observe a fascinating 800-year-old, Cathedral Fig Tree with a giant root system. Break for afternoon tea, at the stunning Lake Barrine, a volcanic crater lake nestled amongst rainforest, followed by a walk through the rainforest to visit the towering Twin Bull Kauri Pines. Your tour takes you to a private viewing area, where you can watch a pair of platypus swim in their natural surrounds.

You will be able to stop for a delicious dinner, warm up with a tea, coffee or hot chocolate, before heading out for a night tour, where around 80% of Australian animals are active at night, and the rainforest comes alive after dark. Grab a flashlight for spotlighting, to a huge Curtain Fig Tree is host to various species of nocturnal wildlife. On clear nights, the minimal light pollution also allows star spotters to enjoy taking in the Southern Cross and Milky Way.

Session Length

The tour is available every day, except between 24 December to 1 January.


Basic fitness level is required, for walking on rough ground and slight inclines

Adult: Ages 13+years

Child: Ages 4-12 years

Family: 2 adults + 2 children


  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

This tour runs with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 11 people.


In the event of rain or inclement weather your experience will still go ahead unless contacted by the experience provider

Dress Code

Covered shoes and a light jacked or jumper are recommended

This experience takes place on the Atherton Tablelands, west of Cairns QLD. Tour departs Cairns at 2:30pm and returns at approximately 10:30pm.

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