Atherton Waterfalls and Wildlife

The Cairns region has thousands of visitors per year. While most will visit the Great Barrier Reef, relatively few will discover the Atherton Tablelands region. See beautiful landscapes of rolling green hills as far as the eye can see. Splash around in the clear pools alongside idyllic waterfalls nestled amid luscious green Rainforest.  Above all, this Atherton Waterfalls and Wildlife package will show you the best this incredible region offers across 2 Days.

Although these tours depart from Cairns, we can arrange an alternative pickup if you’re staying on the Tablelands.

Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour

Jump aboard Gus the Wonder Bus! Uncle Brian will take you in his fun and friendly way on a day of adventures in our natural world. Visit ancient coastal Rainforests and discover beautiful waterfalls found throughout the Atherton Tablelands.

All Day Fun Fun Fun!!

After all, we’ll be walking and talking, swimming, rock sliding, singing in waterfalls, floating in a volcanic crater lake. Then an exciting journey home! We look forward to welcoming you into our family and sharing fun times.

Rainforest Night Tour

To experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest at night is truly something special. Most Rainforest experiences will show you this incredible ecosystem during the day. Meanwhile, this adventure will take you on a journey through the Atherton Tablelands rainforest as it comes alive at night.

Not only is about 80% of Australia’s wildlife is more active from dusk through to nighttime, but the cooler temperatures make for a more comfortable experience. This tour starts in the early afternoon; therefore, we use spotlights in the dark to capture our unique animals up in the rainforest canopy. Your informative guide will show you some of the world’s most unusual animals. From time to time, you might spot mysterious creatures such as platypus, tree kangaroos, possums, and gliders. Other interesting creatures include bats, bandicoots, echidnas, snakes, frogs, etc.

On the Rainforest Night Tour, you will get the chance to learn all about the tropical rainforest. At the same time, discover how local Aboriginal tribes use the vegetation to make tools and heal and make remedies.

All in all, don’t forget your camera for your Atherton Waterfalls and Wildlife experience! After all, it is about leaving footprints and only taking memories!


Worked up an appetite after all that exploring? Take a look at the Food and Wine Tour that takes you on a delicious journey through the Atherton Tablelands.

If you would rather keep your night free, why not swap the night tour for another day exploring at Paronella Park. With handmade Spanish castles nestled amongst the rainforest, follow the love story of Jose


The best parts about the Atherton Waterfalls and Wildlife Adventure are:

  • Natural Rockslides
  • Idyllic Waterfalls
  • Luscious Rainforest
  • Informative Guides
  • Safe swimming locations – what better way to beat the Far Northern heat!


Atherton Day Tour (7:45am – 7:30pm)

  • Pickups commence around 7:45 am.
  • Firstly, the day begins with a visit to the Babinda Boulders. After a delicious morning tea, you take your first walk and swim of the day.
  • Next, we will continue our journey on to Josephine Falls. Enjoy a short rainforest walk before sliding down a waterfall.
  • After we will drive to the beautiful Tablelands and famous Millaa Millaa Falls. Not to mention, Uncle Brian will keep you amused and entertained with tales of adventure!
  • Lunch at the Millaa Millaa Falls Tea House is a selection of cold roast meats, salads and vegetarian meals.
  • For Dessert, enjoy freshly brewed tea, coffee and cake.
  • When you get to Millaa Millaa Falls, make your way beneath the waterfall and SING your heart out! After all, this is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia.
  • Delicious afternoon tea of hot chocolate and muffins follows a swim or stroll around Lake Eacham.
  • Platypus spotting is next.
  • You get to relax by a volcanic crater lake in the evening before the exciting fun journey home with Uncle Brian, with a return time around 7-7:30pm.

Atherton Night Tour (2:00pm – 10:00pm)

  • Bus pickups commence in Cairns at 2.00 pm
  • Firstly, we will head to the southern suburbs of cairns to check out a large mob of Agile Wallabies.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive up the Gillies Range. You are climbing up to 800 metres above sea level, on one of the country’s windiest roads.
  • During the drive, we will visit the Danbulla State Forest, we observe the large Cathedral Fig Tree. An 800-year-old giant of the rainforest.
  • After all our adventures we will enjoy afternoon tea at Lake Barrine. Amid the lush rainforest sits this incredible volcanic crater lake. Take a walk to view the towering Bull Kauri Pines along with some wildlife spotting. Here, we have spotted Boyde’s Forest Dragons, the Musky Rat Kangaroo, and many rainforest birds. Depending on the season, we may sample some rainforest fruits.
  • Next, we will head to Lake Eacham to look for Saw Shelled Turtles, Archerfish and Eastern Water Dragons.
  • We then visit our private access viewing area to witness an active breeding pair of Platypus (April-October).
  • Now that the evening has arrived, we will enjoy dinner at a lovely country restaurant in Yungaburra. Of course, Coffee and tea will be provided, but any other drinks will be at your own expense.
  • As soon as the sun has set, we will grab our spotlights and venture back into the forest. The Curtain Fig Tree park is a hive of activity with many species calling it home.
  • In time, we will commence our journey back to Cairns. On clear nights you can enjoy stargazing at the Southern Cross and Milky Way.
  • Finally it is time to return home, where the Rainforest Night Tour comes to an end at your accommodation at around 10 pm.


Waterfalls Day Tour

  • Morning and afternoon drinks and snacks.
  • Delicious home-cooked 2-course lunch.
  • Ancient Rainforests.
  • Experience the beauty of the Atherton Tablelands.
  • Swimming, walking and just relaxing.
  • Milla Milla Falls
  • Babinda Boulders
  • Josephine Falls
  • Lake Eacham
  • Friendly, relaxed company.
  • Fun-filled day! Sing along on the homeward journey.
  • Pick up and return from/to your Cairns CBD accommodation.

Rainforest Night Tour

  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicles
  • Small groups
  • Pick up from accommodation
  • National Park Fees
  • Afternoon tea, dinner, and refreshments
  • Binoculars, rain ponchos, torches, and reference materials.

What to bring

Waterfalls Day Tour

    • Sense of fun
    • Sunscreen
    • Raincoat
    • Swimming Gear
    • Walking Shoes/Sandals
    • Towel
    • Change of Warm Clothes

Rainforest Night Tour

  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Good walking shoes
  • Camera and water bottle
  • Day pack for personal items

How to get there

Courtesy pick up and drop-off to your Cairns Accommodation is included. However, if you would like to meet at another location, please chat with our friendly team to discuss the available options.

Important Information

As a result of start and finish times, these two tours will need to be completed over 2 separate days. Even though you can select in which order to do the tours

Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

As Cairns & Atherton have tropical climates, for this reason, itineraries may change without notice due to weather and/or road conditions.

We recommend reconfirming your tour 24-48 hours before departure in any event.


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Uncle Brian's has been sharing rainforest and waterfall experiences with amazing people for over 21 years. The combination of music, food, world people's and breathtaking natural history has made us who we are. Your driver and Gus the bus are as excited to be on the tour as you will be, they do it because they love showing off their backyard.




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