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. 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 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 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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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 (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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Ballandean

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Ballandean has the largest cluster of wineries on the Granite Belt. Stop over at Vineyard Cottages and Café on the highway, then head west to Ballandean Estate, Golden Grove Estate, Bungawarra and Tobin Wines.

Eukey

Eukey, Southern Downs Area
Originally called Paddock Swamp, a discovery of tin in the late 1800s meant Eukey was once a mining area. Today Eukey is a pleasant rural locality on the Granite Belt near Stanthorpe. From Eukey you can visit many award winning wineries to taste boutique vintages direct from the cellar door.

Donnellys Castle

Pozieres, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
The original bushranger hideout for 'Thunderbolt' who roamed the New England Tableland. Donnelly's Castle is a granite rock formation that you can walk between, around and over! The massive boulders are just as spectacular as some of the rock formations in Girraween National Park, and is far more accessible for young adventurers.

Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
At the heart of the Granite Belt, Stanthorpe gives easy access to big sky panoramas, spectacular countryside dotted with precariously balancing prehistoric granite boulders and a generally cooler, temperate climate (there’s even an occasional winter snow-fall!

Severnlea

Severnlea,
Just south of Stanthorpe, the Granite Belt village of Severnlea is a centre for commercial fruit production and also topaz fossicking. Venture down the various byways to discover fruit stalls stocking seasonal stone fruits and berries from November to March.

Amiens

Amiens, Southern Downs Area
Heading west along Amiens Road you’ll find an area of post-World War I soldier settlements: Fleurbaix, Bullecourt, Passchendaele, Bapaume, Messines and Pozieres. Along this drive route are also many fine wineries.

Girraween National Park

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
Huge granite boulders tower above open forests in the spectacular and popular Girraween National Park, outside Stanthorpe in southern Queensland. Camp at Castle Rock or Bald Rock Creek camping areas or relax with a picnic in the shady Bald Rock Creek day-use area.

Glen Aplin

Glen Aplin, Southern Downs Area
The Granite Belt town of Glen Aplin, south of Stanthorpe on the New England Highway, is famous for its fruit orchards and wineries. If you are in the area in the right season you will be able to savour the taste of fresh stone-fruits (November to March) and berries (November to early March).

The Summit

The Summit, Southern Downs Area
The Granite Belt village of The Summit, located off the New England Highway between Dalveen and Applethorpe (to the north of Stanthorpe) is so called due to its elevated position at more than 900 metres above sea level.

Dalveen

Dalveen, Southern Downs Area
Just off the highway at the start of Granite Belt Drive, Dalveen is a growing artisan village. You can buy work by local artists and craftspeople including leadlight, handmade porcelain dolls and unique fashions.
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