Cairns Private Tours, Rainforest, Crater Lakes, Private Walking Tour

Tour Code: 389

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches

Small Group Tour
  • Cruise an ancient volcanic crater lake on the Atherton Tablelands behind Cairns
  • Marvel at the 500-year-old Cathedral Curtain Fig Tree
  • Trek through World Heritage-listed rainforests
  • Spot the elusive platypus and an array of native Australian wildlife

Included In Price

  • Private guided tour
  • Environmentalist driver/guide
  • Courtesy return transfers
  • Air conditioned vehicle
  • Morning Tea
  • Lunch
  • Water: We supply water bottles made by Klean Canteen for all our tours. They are stainless steel and bamboo to limit single use plastic wherever possible.
  • Entry fees included in cost
  • First aid kit (your guide carries)
  • Fuel levy and National Park fees
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Professional, fun interpretive guide
  • Binoculars
  • Modern 7 seat capacity fully air-conditioned Imax. 13 seat Hi-Ace can be arranged for larger groups.

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Cairns Atherton Tablelands rainforest and ancient crater lakes on this full day private charter tour and walking adventure.

The Atherton Tablelands are behind the Macalister Ranges west of Cairns and this is the region where you will find lush green rolling hills, ancient volcanic craters, magnificent waterfalls, rare native Australian wildlife and dense rainforests.

Your personally guided private charter tour will take you in an ancient rainforest national park, where you’ll trek to a sun-speckled boardwalk under a treetop canopy.

Here you’ll find the famed Cathedral Fig Tree – a towering 500-year-old fig with an internal cathedral formation you can explore.

Learn about the history of the forest and the animals that inhabit it from your knowledgeable guide whilst trekking through the lush rainforest.

It’s then time to venture on the crystal waters of Lake Barrine to indulge in a sumptuous morning tea, and hear how this beautiful lake is in fact a 10,000-year-old volcano crater.

Enjoy a fascinating hour-long cruise of discovery on the volcanic crater lake before heading to Yungaburra for some platypus spotting.

In the afternoon, you will be able to enjoy a refreshing swim at Lake Eacham another ancient volcanic crater lake. 

On our private charter rainfrest tour you will encounter a large range of bird life, butterflies in all ranges of magnificent colours and other native Australian animals.

Atherton Tablelands Rainforest and Crater Lakes

Embark on a truly magical journey of discovery through the Cairns Atherton Tablelands Rainforest.

Your knowledgeable, local rainforest guide, James, is an ambassador for Tropical Far North Queensland and an accredited Wet Tropics tour guide.

You’ll discover some of the most breathtaking flora and fauna on the planet and learn some fascinating historical facts. 

Lake Barrine Volcano Crater Cruise

Hidden inside the World Heritage-listed rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands, there lies a lake of natural beauty awaiting your discovery.

Lake Barrine is a sapphire jewel of Far North Queensland and a feature attraction on this walking tour.

The lake is in fact a volcanic crater, estimated at 12,000 years old.

You'll cruise the calm waters with the chance of wildlife encounters, such as amethystine pythons which can sometimes be seen on the embankments.

And in the waterways, treasures such as the saw-shelled turtle can frequently be spotted in the shallows, as well as Boyd’s Water Dragon - a colourful little fellow found only in the Wet Tropics of Australia.

Next Stop Yungaburra

You will arrive at Yungaburra around 11:30am and this is where you get a chance to spot a platypus.

During your time at Yungaburra you will learn all about the elusive platypus but don't forget to look up as this is where you can also observe tree kangaroos.

Swimming at Lake Eacham Volcano Crrater

Next stop Lake Eacham.

You can choose to take a refreshing swim or if swimming in an ancient and extint volcanic crater is not your thing there are several natures sites to explore.

This clear turquoise lake is surrounded by pristine rainforest, and is home to some of the world’s rarest wildlife.

Though separate to Lake Barrine, this stunning water system is likewise a volcanic crater, (a Maar) and estimated to have formed 12,000 years ago. 

Choose to walk on the shoreline, float upon the calm surface, or simply sit and listen to the echo of songbirds calling through the jungle.

See  more of our Cairns and Daintree Rainforest hiking and walking tours

Malanda Conservation Park

There again you will get a chance to spot a Mapee (Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo).

We again take you on a walk to observe the local wildlife such as Freshwater Snapping Turtle and the Grey-headed Robin.

The Malanda Conservation Park is also home to a stunning waterfall - fantastic photo opportunities.

Boardwalk to the Cathedral Tree

This will be our last stop before heading back to Cairns.

Inside the evergreen labyrinth of the ancient Wet Tropics rainforest, you’ll uncover the famed Cathedral Tree.

You’ll be led there, off the beaten path, through sun-dappled boardwalks under a treetop canopy.

In amongst the palms and ferns, this majestic strangler fig appears as king of the forest with its sheer size and intricate formation.

Explore the tree's cathedral-shaped interior and the astonishing root system that resembles an undulating curtain. 

See more private charter tours in Cairns 

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Departs Cairns 7:30am - Returns 5:30pm
  • Departs Northern Beaches 7:00am - Returns 5:00pm
Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Customer needs to pre-order local transport if travelling from Port Douglas
  • Atherton Tablelands
  • Cairns Tablelands
  • Lake Barrine
  • Yungaburra
  • Lake Eacham
  • Malanda Conservation Park
  • Cathedral Fig Tree
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Closed on Christmas and New Year's Day


10 hours (approx.)

Fitness Level Required



Reasonable fitness is required as this is predominantly a walking tour

Additional Information

Companion card not accepted

  • Camera (charged)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Good joggers/runners/walking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Day pack for carrying personal items
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Wet weather gear (for expected rainy days)
  • Cash for souvenirs at the Tea House

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.

  • (a) Cancellation of your booking must be made by email
  • (b) You are entitled to a refund only if a minimum of 24 hours notice is given before the scheduled departure.
  • (c) If you choose to cancel within 24 hours before the start of your tour, no refunds will be granted.
  • (d) There will be times when the influence of mother nature (adverse weather) on a program or activity means we need to amend or cancel the program.
  • (d) There will be times when the influence of mother nature (adverse weather) on a program or activity means we need to amend or cancel the program. It is a decision purely based on safety and overall enjoyment of an activity. When we cancel a trip we will refund any money paid in full.

Cairns Private Tours, Rainforest, Crater Lakes, Private Walking Tour

Tour Code: 389

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches

Small Group Tour



Prices are AUD, per charter and include all levies fees and taxes.

Tour Code: 389



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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