Tablelands Exclusive – Wildlife and Nature Private Tour

If you want to experience some incredible wildlife without the crowds, this Atherton Tablelands Exclusive Wildlife and Nature Private Tour is perfect for you. Your professional and very knowledgeable guide has access to many nature walks. You are guaranteed to see lots of unique animals.

Make sure you bring your camera! There will be many great photo opportunities. You will visit a giant of the rainforest. The ancient Cathedral Fig Tree. Take a cruise on Lake Barrine. Many animals emerge from the forest to bask in the sun by the lake. Keep a lookout for Water Dragons, Giant Eels, Snapping Turtles and water birds.

You will get to cool down with a swim in an extinct volcanic crater. The crystal clear water is surrounded by lush rainforest. On your travels will get to see the elusive Platypus! At the same location, the stunning Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo is often spotted.


  • Professional accredited guide
  • The incredible Cathedral Fig Tree
  • Extinct Volcanic Crater Wildlife Cruise
  • Interpretive rainforest walks
  • Lunch at Lake Barrine
  • Malanda Conservation Park
  • Platypus spotting


Tour Duration is 10 hours

  • 7:30 am Pickup in Cairns. Travel up the panoramic Gillies Range. You will see the dramatic change in habitat as you gain altitude. Enjoy the beautiful views of Goldsborough Valley from Heales Lookout.
  • 8:45 am Arrive at Lake Barrine. An outstanding location for nature activities. Several walks are available offering great wildlife and bird watching.   From 30 minutes to two hours. The choice is yours. Enjoy the famous Devonshire Tea at the Lake Barrine teahouse. Excellent lunch options are also available. The view here is amazing. The lake cruise is a highlight. You will see many species endemic to the Wet Tropics.
  • 11:30 am Arrive in Yungaburra. One of the major focus points of the tour. You will see the sought after Platypus in the WILD! Learn all about their secretive behaviour. Take as much time as you need to get the perfect photo. In this location, we often witness a resident Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo.
  • 1:00 pm Arrive at Lake Eacham. A chance to cool down during the hottest part of the day. Swim in an extinct volcanic crater. With pristine clear water. Surrounded by rainforest. If you don’t want to swim, no problem! Other great nature sites are close by.
  • 2:00 pm Arrive at Malanda Conservation Park. This area is critical for the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo. They can be seen on a regular basis in this protected forest. Malanda Falls are a beautiful photo opportunity. Along with several other wildlife opportunities along this walk.
  • 3:00 pm Arrive at Cathedral Fig Tree. One of the most incredible trees you will see in your life. This ancient tree is an epic rainforest survivor with a very complex ecosystem surrounding its lifecycle.

Time to Head Home

  • 4:00 pm Depart Tablelands for Cairns. The Atherton Tablelands Wildlife and Nature Private Tour has come to an end. If time allows, we may stop at the Mountain View Hotel for a beverage and gorgeous river views.
  • 5:00 pm Arrive in Cairns. You’ll be dropped off at your accommodation sometime between 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm.

What to bring

  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Good walking shoes
  • Camera and Water bottle
  • Day pack for personal items
  • Towel and spare clothes for swimming
  • Your enthusiasm!

Important Information

This tour is not available from Port Douglas. Northern Beaches pickups are from 8:00 am.


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