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Nocturnal Wildlife Tour - See Platypus and Rainforest Animals in the Wild - Departs Cairns


Offering the best of both worlds, day time and night wildlife spotting tour visiting locations across the Atherton Tablelands. Spotlighting at the giant 500 year old Curtain Fig Tree and keep a close eye out for a variety of rare emdemic species within a small group


  • Platypus spotting at dusk at our private viewing area
  • See wildlife in their natural habitat, at night time when they most active
  • Looking out for the Musky Rat Kangaroo
  • Interpretive rainforest walking trials
  • Afternoon Tea at Lake Barrine
  • Dinner at a country restaurant
  • Spotlighting at the giant 500 year old Curtain Fig Tree
  • Small group tours, maximum of 11 guests

Come and join Wait-a-While Rainforest Wildlife Tours for an unforgettable nocturnal tour on the Atherton Tablelands. On this afternoon and evening tour you will visit a number of locations across the Atherton Tablelands, rich in bio-diversity, featuring tropical rainforests, volcanic crater lakes, and view native wildlife in their natural environment.

We depart pick you up from your Cairns/Palm Cove accomodation and make our way to the Atherton Tablelands with a few stopovers on the way to spot wildlife.

We head to Lake Barrine for afternoon tea and a rainforest walk before heading on to an exclusive Platypus spotting area! Here you have the highest of chances of spotting a Platypus in the wild.

We take you to a fantastic local restaurant for dinner and once darkness settles in we head off. We take you spotlighting at the giant 500 year old Curtain Fig Tree. Keep a close eye out for wildlife such as the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo, Leaf Tailed Geckos and a variety of rare endemic ringtail possums.

We then return home with an increased appreciation of the beauty of the rainforest and the wildlife that inhabit the region.

Adult $199.00
Child $175.00 (4-12 years old)
Family $680.00 (2x Adults + 2x Children)

What's included

  • Professional, passionate guide
  • Hotel transfers (ex Cairns and Palm Cove)
  • Meals & refreshments
  • All equipment (binoculars, spotlighting gear, rain ponchos, reference materials)
  • National Park fees, fuel levies, insurances and surcharges


  • Allow approximately 8 hours for the whole experience


  • Minimum age: 4

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Departs Cairns at 1:30pm - 2pm, returning by approx. 10pm

Available Bookings from 20 Aug to 26 Aug 2022

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  • Adult$139.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$139.00
  • Family$680.00

  • Adult$139.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$139.00
  • Family$680.00

  • Adult$169.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$139.00
  • Family$680.00

  • Adult$199.00
  • Child$175.00
  • Family$680.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Sara Couch from Australia wrote on 26 July 2021


Fantastic day

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lesleyd3 from Australia wrote on 01 July 2022

Fantastic trip

Paul was brilliant, beyond our expectations, saw platypus and tree kangaroos, geckos and much more. Dinner was lovely in the old pub. Thoroughly recommend “wait a while”

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Zara Mcnally from Australia wrote on 21 June 2022

Great animal sightings and informative trip

Paul was a great source of information, was excellent at spotting all the wonderful animals hiding in the trees, he picked us up from a much more convenient spot to help us out and kept us safe from the dangerous stinging tree. We’d definitely recommend this tour if you’re up this way.

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Sandra Mower from Australia wrote on 19 June 2022

Wait a While tour

Amazing experience. We saw a platypus and two tree kangaroos in the Atherton Table Lands rainforest. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took us to lots of different areas to view the fauna and flora of an unique environment. He provided binoculars and even gave us a lesson on best practice when using them. An excellent pub meal was part of the package. The night animal watching was great and the animals were easy to see once our guide spot lighted them. I thoroughly advise anyone wanting to see unusual Australian wildlife to take this trip.

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Ayano Takahashi from Australia wrote on 23 May 2022

Great tour

We had a great time and spotted two platypuses!

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      Family 2x Adults + 2x Children

        *This option must be made together with another price type.

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