We take our guests to the Atherton Tablelands to observe animals, such as the elusive platypus (90% success rate) and the rare tree kangaroos, in their natural habitat as well as the nocturnal animals. Cairns is a major tourist destination with thousands of visitors coming here each year to experience the Great Barrier Reef and yet relatively few discover the Cairns Tablelands (sometimes known as the Atherton Tablelands).
The Tablelands are within easy reach of Cairns offering a shorter drive time than any Daintree rainforest tours and greater rainforest wildlife spotlighting opportunities. The best time of day to spot wildlife in Australia is at dusk through to nighttime so our tours depart in the early afternoon. As the rainforest comes alive at night (80% of animals in Australia are nocturnal or more active at night), our spotlights enable us to capture the animals up in the canopy.
Small groups (max 11 people) led by personal, professional guides.
All equipment (binoculars, rain ponchos).
No hidden extras like National park fees, fuel levies, insurances, and surcharges.
Meals – afternoon tea, dinner and refreshments.
Please advise any special dietary requirements prior to departure.
Comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles.
ADULT – $199
CHILD – $175 (4-12 years)
FAMILY – $680 (Families 2 x Adults 2 x Children)
Departs Cairns: 2:00 PM
Your wildlife Tour starts in the southern suburbs of Cairns where a mob of Agile Wallaby’s lives within the city.
Drive up the scenic Gillies Range to Cairns Tablelands. Climbing up to 800 metres above sea level this is one of Australia’s windiest roads. Stop in the Danbulla State Forest to observe a fascinating 800-year-old, Cathedral Fig Tree with a giant root system.
Afternoon tea at Lake Barrine, a volcanic crater lake nestled amongst rainforest followed by a walk through the rainforest to see the towering Twin Bull Kauri Pines.
Look for wildlife such as the Boyd’s Forest Dragon, Musky Rat Kangaroo and rainforest birds and learn how the local aboriginal tribes use some of the plants and vegetation. Sample some rainforest fruits (depending on the season) Stop at Lake Eacham, an extinct volcanic lake to look for Saw Shelled Turtles, Archerfish and Eastern Water Dragons.
Head to our private access viewing area to catch sight of an active breeding pair of Platypus.
Enjoy dinner at a country restaurant in Yungaburra. Coffee, tea or hot chocolate provided (other drinks also available at your own expense).
After dark and armed with a flashlight for our spotlighting, we then head back to the rainforest where the huge Curtain Fig Tree plays host to various species of nocturnal wildlife. Approximately 80% of Australian animals are nocturnal or active at night, so the rainforest is a hive of activity after dark.
On clear nights, the minimal light pollution also allows star spotters to enjoy taking in the Southern Cross and the Milky Way.
The Fine Print
Please advise any special dietary requirements prior to departure
No extra charges like National park fees, fuel levies, insurances, and surcharges
Children Age 4-12 Years
Includes pick up and drop off at Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodation
Port Douglas extra pick up and drop off charge