From Cairns: Rainforest & Nocturnal Wildlife Tour


From Cairns: Rainforest & Nocturnal Wildlife Tour

From US$ 133.05 per person


Explore the rainforest when it really comes alive - at night. See nocturnal animals like platypus, musky rat kangaroos, Boyd's forest dragons, rainforest birds, and butterflies as you walk.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up is available from hotels in central Cairns.
Small group
Limited to 11 participants


  • Discover a World Heritage Listed rainforest by day and night on this small-group tour
  • Spot a wild platypus at a private viewing platform
  • Enjoy your afternoon by the stunning Lake Barrine
  • Venture into the rainforest after dark to spot the nocturnal animals that call it home
  • Have a delicious dinner at a restaurant in Yungburra
Full description
Departing from your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation, head south to view the agile wallabies that live within the city limits. Make a second stop at the Cathedral Fig Tree, an 8,000-year-old Strangler fig with a giant root system. Enjoy an afternoon tea at the world-renowned Lake Barrine before walking through the rainforest. Keep your eyes out for musky rat-kangaroo, Boyd's forest dragon, rainforest birds, butterflies and flying foxes. After a quick stop at Lake Eacham, visit a private access platypus viewing area in Yungaburra for a 90% chance of seeing the unique mammal. Enjoy a delicious dinner at a restaurant in the township of Yungburra. Then, your nighttime spotlighting adventure begins! Walk under the night stars and into the rainforest. Look out for Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo, northern leaf-tailed gecko, ringtail possums, gliders, frogs, owls and more. Return to Cairns at around 10:00 PM and Northern Beaches at around 10:30 PM.
  • Expert guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Afternoon tea
  • Dinner
  • Tea, coffee or hot chocolate with dinner
  • Wet weather gear, if required
  • Binoculars
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • The maximum number of participants for this tour is 11 people
    • Please wear cool and comfortable clothing
    • Walking shoes are a must
    • The tour supplier will provide wet weather gear if required
    • Bring a water bottle, a small backpack for your things and don't forget your camera
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 43 reviews

    Review summary

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    Great Knowledge of animals and where to find them. We saw pretty much everything that’s was mentioned being a possibility! Paul was also good fun and knew how to keep things interesting throughout the day/evening. His driving is “spirited” up and down the mountain but never felt unsafe. Would thoroughly recommend!

    January 8, 2020

    Paul (unser Guide) war selbst total begeistert. Wir haben so viele verschiedene Tiere gesehen, unter anderem ein Schnabeltier, Baumkängurus, Flughunde, Opossums. Die Erfahrung im dunklen Regenwald war einfach ungaublich. Paul konnte so viel zu den einzelnen Tieren erzählen. Auch das Essen war sehr lecker und man konnte unter vielen Gerichten wählen.

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    January 31, 2023

    This is a wonderful wildlife tour. We had the chance to see many australian animal species (tree kangaroo, platypus, possums, flying foxes and many others) into the wild. The guide was very enthusiastic and explained us a lot about the tablelands, the wet tropic and all the species that we encountered. Dinner was fantastic and the night walk exciting and full of animals. It was perfect.

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    December 13, 2019

    Product ID: 137024