Wait a While Tours
Tour Operator
Nature, Wildlife
1/2 Day

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 nocturnal wildlife spotlighting tours into the world’s oldest continuously surviving rainforest near Cairns for more than 30 years.

With an impressive success rate, we take our guests to the Atherton Tablelands to observe animals, such as the elusive platypus (we have a 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.

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

To book, select “All Day – Available” on the booking form.

TOUR OPERATORWait a While Rainforest Tours
DEPARTURE / RETURN LOCATIONCairns / Northern Beaches
DEPARTURE TIME14:00(Cairns)/13:00(Northern Beaches)/12:15 (Port Douglas) – $100 extra
RETURN TIME21:30 (Cairns)
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.
  •  Child price applies to 4-12 years old
  • Tour Voucher
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Water
  • Camera
SPECIAL NOTECancellation 72 hours prior to departure is subject to 100% cancellation fees.

Pick up at your accommodation

Pick up time may vary depending on the accommodation.

See a mob of Agile Wallabies in the southern suburb of Cairns


Observe Cathedral Fig Tree


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)

Lake Eacham

an extinct volcanic lake to look for Saw Shelled Turtles, Archerfish and Eastern Water Dragons.

Platypus viewing

an extinct volcanic lake to look for Saw Shelled Turtles, Archerfish and Eastern Water Dragons.

Enjoy dinner at a country restaurant in Yungaburra.

Coffee, tea or hot chocolate provided (other drinks also available at your own expense).

Nocturnal Wildlife Spotting

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 Milky Way.

18:30: Arrive in Cairns.

*Schedule is subject to change depending on the circumstances.

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