Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours is Cairns’ original nocturnal wildlife spotlighting tour company, founded in 1982. Their tour gives you the best wildlife spotting opportunities by both day and night! Australian wildlife is mainly nocturnal so their tours have a night element and a later afternoon start to the day’s touring.
Wait-a-While takes small groups into the World Heritage Rainforest to experience native nocturnal wildlife in its natural habitat. They offer a unique experience to witness rare and endangered wildlife roaming freely in tropical rainforest by night. North Queensland is home to many animals that are not found elsewhere in Australia. There is something quite unique about watching a platypus swim undisturbed or seeing a tree kangaroo climb freely in the canopy by spotlight. Just being immersed in the rainforest at night listening to all the new sounds is an experience in itself.
They venture up to the Atherton Tablelands where there is a much greater variety of wildlife such as possums, platypus, birds, snakes, frogs, kangaroos (big/small or rare tree kangaroos) and flying foxes. Their wonderful naturalist guides delight all with their enthusiasm.
The thrill of being deep in the rainforest at night is especially an experience not to be missed.
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This is the best tour for experiencing a great range of native Australian tropical wildlife both during the daytime and night in its natural habitat including the elusive platypus and rare Tree Kangaroo – ‘an unforgettable natural experience’.
Starting around 2pm in the afternoon, this small group tour (maximum 11) includes afternoon tea and dinner. After being picked up at your hotel/accommodation, you head inland and up to the Atherton Tablelands via the Gilles Highway south of Cairns. You’ll visit the scenic Crater Lakes and the magnificent strangler fig trees with your experienced naturalist guide pointing out wildlife and the many exotic plants and trees. Afternoon Tea is at the beautiful Lake Barrine. Come dusk and you visit their exclusive platypus viewing area (they have a 90 per cent plus success rate) then have dinner at a local country restaurant on the Tablelands.
After dinner you venture into the permit controlled National Parks areas to experience spotlighting in which they look for the wonderful array of nocturnal native wildlife. The rainforest comes alive at night with the sounds and atmosphere they create being a truly memorable experience. You will then be turned to your hotel/accommodation in Cairns at around 10pm.
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