This Cairns small group tour on the Atherton Tablelands has been put together for nature's lovers. Discover some amazing locations and wildlife including the Platypus, Australia's amazing shy mammal.
Our private charter Atherton Tablelands and Volcanic Crater Lakes tour from Cairns caters for small groups 1 to 7 guests however we can cater for larger groups and special interest tours.
Your professional wildlife tour guide for the day is more than passionate about his region and will share with you his awesome knowledge...
This private charter small group day tour will make some 'forever' memories especially when you spot a Platypus in the wild just beyond Cairns city!
Our Cairns rainforest itinerary can be altered to suit your needs so don't hesitate to speak to our Cairns private charter tour co-ordinators.
We visit the ancient Cathedral Fig Tree. An 800 year old relic of the flora kingdom. Learn about the intricate life story of the Giant Fig while enjoying the morning chorus. Over 120 birds can be found and heard in the area.
Listen out for the infamous Victoria’s Riflebird and many other elusive creatures.
We continue on our way for a delicious lakeside lunch and some WILD Platypus spotting! We’re grateful that our continual interaction in the region has afforded us some great locations to sight these rare and unusual animals.
During the heat of the day enjoy a pleasant swim or simply go exploring at Lake Eacham, often a highlight and a nice cool off.
Visit Malanda Conservation Park. The park is invaluable to the elusive Mapee (Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo) They are seen on a regular basis in this small patch of protected forest. Malanda falls is a beautiful photo opportunity on the walk and several other wildlife opportunities are available here, such as the Freshwater Snapping Turtle and the Grey-headed Robin
To finish off our wonderful day, a wonderful panoramic photo opportunity from Heales lookout overlooking Goldsborough Valley.
7:30am - Pickup in Cairns
Travel up the panoramic Gillies highway while witnessing the dramatic change in habitat as we gain altitude.
Enjoy beautiful views of Goldsborough Valley from Heales Lookout.
8:45am - Arrive at Lake Barrine
Lake Barrine is an outstanding location for nature activities.
Several walks are available offering great wildlife and bird watching opportunities.
From 30 minutes to two hours, tailored to your desires.
Let’s toast our wildlife spotting achievements over some local tea/coffee and the famous Tea House scones with jam and cream.
The lake cruise takes approximately 1 hour and is a big highlight to spot reptiles such as water dragons, birds, eels, fish, other reptiles and several Wet Tropics endemic species but you will also learn about the European history of the area.
11:30am - Arrive in Yungaburra
One of our major focus points of the day, spotting WILD Platypus!
Learn about their elusive Platypus behavior and take as much time as you need to get that perfect photo!
We often witness a resident Tree Kangaroo family at this location also.
1:00pm - Arrive 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.
For our guests who would prefer not to swim, other nature sites are available close by!
2:00pm - Arrive at Malanda Conservation Park
This conservation park is invaluable to the elusive Mapee (Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo).
They are seen on a regular basis in this small patch of protected forest. Malanda falls is a beautiful photo opportunity on the walk and several other wildlife opportunities are available here, such as the Freshwater Snapping Turtle and the Grey-headed Robin.
3:00pm - Arrive at Cathedral Fig Tree
One of the most incredible trees you will see in your life.
This ancient Curtain Fig Tree is an epic rainforest survivor (800 years) with a very complex ecosystem surrounding its lifecycle.
Over 120 birds can be found and heard in the area.
4:00pm - Depart Tablelands for Cairns
Time permitting, we may stop at the Mountain View hotel for a beverage and lovely views of the Little Mulgrave River and possibly a drive through Gordonvale to view the Sugar Refinery.
5:00-5:30pm - Arrive Cairns
We’ll drop you back to your accomodation in Cairns between 5:00-5:30pm
More time in Nature: we have access to multiple nature walks to ensure the greatest outcome for nature observations.
Platypus: we have a 100% success rate, viewing wild Platypus at our viewing location. Often a Tree Kangaroo also!
We have Wet Tropics Certification and Savannah Guide Certification
We are monthly supporters of Bush Heritage Australia and Volunteers for Tropical North Queensland Wildlife Rescue
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January - December
10 hours (approx)
Modern 7 seat capacity fully air-conditioned Imax. 13 seat Hi-Ace can be arranged for larger groups.
Sun protection advised: hat, sunglasses, good walking shoes, camera, water bottle. day pack for carrying personal items, towel and spare clothes for swimming and your enthusiasm!
As this is a small group private charter tour, children of all ages are welcome however we do recommend this tour for 14 years and older
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
INTERSTATE AND INTERNATIONAL BORDER CLOSURES
If any COVID-related travel restrictions are in place that may impact your ability to travel with us we will make a final review 30 days prior to the tour departure date. If travel is not possible at that time, we will cancel your tour and provide a full refund.
If no Federal or State COVID restrictions are in place our normal cancellation policies will apply (as outlined below):
For cancellations made to Private or Group tours, the following penalties apply:
i. Cancellations received more than 30 days prior to departure – no fee applicable.
ii. Cancellations received less than 30 days but more than 7 days prior to departure – 25% fee applicable.
iii. Cancellations received less than 7 days but more than 48 hours prior to departure – 50% fee applicable.
iv. Cancellations received less than 48 hours or for non-appearance to commence the tour – all monies will be forfeited
For cancellations made to Shared Experiences, the following penalties apply:
i. Cancellations received more than 7 days prior to departure – no fee applicable
ii. Cancellations received less than 7 days but more than 48 hours prior to departure – 25% fee applicable.
iii. Less than 48 hours or for non-appearance to commence the tour – all monies will be forfeited
Force Majeure means (without restriction) any event which FNQ Nature Tours could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire, floods and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure FNQ Nature Tours will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.
If a Force Majeure circumstance necessitates cancellation of the tour then:
i. The traveller must rely upon any travel insurance they hold for compensation; and
ii. Where possible, FNQ Nature Tours will substitute an itinerary with similar experiences.
Prices are AUD, per charter and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 961