Evening Wildlife Spotting Tour from  Cairns

Adults from $199

Spot Australian Wildlife and Explore Unique Flora and Fauna on This Night Discovery Tour!

Discover the Cairns region on this night tour visiting the World Heritage Listed National Parks around Cairns. This tour is host to small personal wildlife spotting and nocturnal spotlighting tours into the world’s oldest continuously surviving rainforest for more than 30 years. Guests are guided to the Atherton Tablelands to observe animals, such as the elusive platypus and tree kangaroo, in their natural habitat.

The Tablelands are within easy reach of Cairns offering a shorter drive time than Daintree rainforest tours and greater wildlife spotting opportunities. Our guides will 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.

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 activity up in the canopy.

Experiencing the tropical rainforest at night is something you will always remember, especially with an informative guide to help you understand this magnificent wildlife environment!

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Ticket Price
Adults $199
Children (4-11 yrs) $175
Family (2+2) $680


Departures: Daily

  Start Finish Duration
Evening Wildlife Spotting Tour from Cairns 1:30pm 10:30pm 2


  • Courtesy Pick-up from Accommodation
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • All Equipment (Binoculars, Spotlight Gear and Rain Ponchos)
  • National Park Fees

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The below itinerary can change due to tides and weather.

Day 1

Cairns Accommodation



The tour starts in the southern suburbs of Cairns where a mob of Agile Wallaby’s lives within the city.

Atherton Tablelands

The drive continues up the scenic Gillies Range to the Cairns Tablelands.

Danbulla State Forest

Observe a fascinating 500 year old, Cathedral Fig Tree with a giant root system.

Lake Barrine

This is followed by a walk from Lake Barrine to see the Twin Bull Kauri Pines.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea Included In Tour Price

Wildlife Spotting

Look for wildlife such as the Boyd’s Forest Dragon, Musky Rat Kangaroo as well as Rainforest Birds.

Lake Eacham

Explore this extinct volcanic lake and look for Saw Shelled Turtles, Archerfish and Eastern Water Dragons.

Platypus Watching

Head to our private access viewing area to catch sight of an active breeding pair of Platypus.

Enjoy dinner at Nick’s restaurant in Yungaburra or the Malanda Hotel.

Dinner Included in Tour Price

Discover the Curtain Fig Tree

We then head back to the rainforest where the huge Curtain Fig Tree plays host to various species of nocturnal wildlife.

Star Spotting

On clear nights, the minimal light pollution also allows star spotters to enjoy taking in the Southern Cross and Milky Way.

Cairns Accommodation


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