The Wait-a-While Rainforest Tour takes you wildlife spotting by both day and night. Visiting the World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics Rainforest National Parks from Cairns, we have been hosting small (max 11 people) personal rainforest wildlife spotlighting tours into the world's oldest continuously surviving rainforest near Cairns for more than 30 years. 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. Experiencing the tropical rainforest at night is something you will remember, especially with an informative guide to help you understand this magnificent wildlife environment.
Enjoy the scenic Gillies Range to the Cairns Tablelands Explore the Danbulla State Forest with 800-year-old Cathedral Fig Tree Visit Lake Barrine, a volcanic crater lake nestled amongst the rainforest Enjoy a walk through the rainforest to see the towering Twin Bull Kauri Pines Look out for Boyd's Forest Dragon, Musky Rat Kangaroo and rainforest birds Sample some rainforest fruits (depending on the season) Visit Lake Eacham, an extinct volcanic lake to look for Saw Shelled Turtles, Archerfish and Eastern Water Dragons Enjoy dinner at a country restaurant in Yungaburra After dark spotlighting rainforest walk
Meals: Afternoon Tea, dinner and refreshments Transport: Return transfers from accommodation with air-conditioned vehicles Friendly and professional guides All equipment (binoculars, rain ponchos) National park fees Fuel levies
Wait-A-While Rainforest Tours
What to Expect
What to ExpectAfter being picked up from your hotel (please note for hotels in Port Douglas there is an extra AUD$100 per booking pick up fee) we go in search of Australian native animals around Cairns on our rainforest wildlife spotlighting tour. We make a series of short drives to visit several locations so you get a taste for the variety of sights in this area. Your guide will then introduce you to some of the world’s most unusual animals, including the elusive platypus (we have a 90% success rate), tree kangaroos, possums, gliders, flying foxes, bandicoots, echidnas, snakes, frogs and many others. On the tour, we will also learn about the tropical rainforest and how local Aboriginal tribes use the vegetation to make tools and to heal and make remedies to solve everyday common ailments.
What to wear: Ensure you have walking shoes and light jumpers for the evening. Conditions: We reserve the right to alter any itinerary as required due to road and weather conditions and passenger safety. We cannot be held responsible for any loss of property or injury due to circumstances beyond our control. There is no guarantee of animal sightings. Please advise any special dietary requirements prior to departure. Please note that this tour runs with a minimum of 2 people. Please consider taking motion sickness medication as we do drive up a road with lots of bends. Optional extras paid on arrival: Pick up and drop off Port Douglas AUD100 extra charge per booking Health and safety: In response to Coronavirus, we have implemented the following actions. All vehicles and equipment have been given a deep clean. All vehicles and equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each tour. All staff are pre-screened each day before starting work. Numbers for our tour are now capped at 6 to allow for social distancing. Larger groups can come as long as they are all from the same group. Before being allowed on our tour at the time of collection guests will be verbally pre-screened to ensure they show no symptoms or have been in contact with potentially infected people. All guests must provide a legitimate form of contact e.g. phone number, email address, to allow for potential contact tracing. We will encourage no physical contact between people e.g. handshakes. Hand sanitiser must be used before getting onboard our vehicles and used regularly during the tour. If anyone shows signs of infection during the tour they must wear a face mask. Other guests may also consider doing this. Sanitising wipes will be used regularly to wipe down high contact areas e.g. door handles. AC in the vehicles will be set to fresh air at all times, not on recirculation. When possible windows in our vehicles will be open. Travel times are never usually longer than 1 hour without a break on our tour but we will ensure that 2 hours is the maximum before stopping and exiting the vehicle so it can be cleaned and aired. During the walking sections of our tour, we will ensure to allow for social distancing measures e.g. 1.5m separation.