Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours

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Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours is Cairns' original environmental and wildlife spotlighting tour company, founded in 1982.

Wait-a-While takes small groups into the World Heritage Rainforest to experience native wildlife in its natural habitat. They offer a unique experience to witness rare and endangered wildlife roaming freely in tropical rainforest. 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. Australian wildlife is mainly nocturnal so their tours have a night element and a later start to the day's touring.

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 an experience not to be missed.

Activities

  • Birdwatching

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Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Our Tours

Rainforest Wildlife Day/Night Tour One

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 at 2pm in the afternoon, this small group tour (max 11) includes afternoon tea and dinner. After being picked up at your hotel/accomodation, 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% + 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/accomodation in Cairns at around 10pm.

Indicative rates

From To Inclusions
$199 $199

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Note: Information on listed products and services are provided by the operator and were correct at the time of publishing. Rates are indicative based on the minimum and maximum available prices of products and services. Please visit the operator’s website for further information. All prices quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD).