As the sun disappears on another tropical day a whole new world starts to emerge in the Daintree Rainforest.
Approximately 80% of wildlife in the jungle materialises at night. Under the cover of darkness the Daintree Rainforest starts to heave with awakening wildlife as Bandicoots start scurrying, insects begin their chirruping and tree frogs start to croak.
Your tour guide will give interesting and informative commentary as you explore this amazing jungle world unfolding on this night tour. Through the light of your own torch beam a whole new world will be spotlighted. With only a small group (maximum of 10 people) it really is an intimate group and you won’t scare away the wildlife.
A world that is older than time as you are taken on a tour of discovery in the Daintree Rainforest that has remained unchanged for 120 million years.
Indulge your inner Attenborough and feel all your senses vibrate with the sounds, smells and sights of the night like a night at a natural museum!
With minimal light pollution you can see beyond the canopy of the rainforest trees and to the bright stars of the Southern Cross and the cluster of the Milky Way.
This really is a journey of discovery and amazement as you meet the wildlife of this far-flung forgotten corner of the world as it emerges under the blanket of night.
The Daintree Rainforest is a World Heritage site that is the oldest rainforest in the world. At 185 million years old it certainly has had a lot of birthdays! It is the most important living record of evolutionary history as it contains flora and fauna that represents the eight major stages of Earth’s evolution.
In this pristine environment live rare flora and fauna and wildlife that can only be found in this remote corner of the world and even now scientists are still discovering new species. The Daintree Rainforest harbours a staggering amount of biodiversity that includes 230 butterfly species, 663 vertebrate animals, 222 species of land snails and 135 dung beetle species – and that’s just for starters!
Thought to be extinct the Idiot Fruit or Green Dinosaur tree was re-discovered in 1971. This fruit is aptly named, as it dates back 150 million years to a time when dinosaurs roamed the area.
Yes, this really is like walking onto the set of a Jurassic Park movie – you’ll be expecting a dinosaur to walk out of the dense vegetation any moment.
Your tour guide will meet and greet the group and give everyone a flashlight. After a cheery hello and a short safety briefing your tour will begin. With a maximum of only ten people per
Your experienced and knowledgeable tour guide will lead you into the oldest rainforest in the world to begin your night’s adventure.
As you walk in the Daintree Rainforest in the dark, the first thing that you’ll notice is the loud cacophony of sounds that you will be serenaded by. As you move your beam of light around you’ll notice some of the choristers move under the light as frogs, insects and lizards scuttle in the undergrowth.
You’ll pass under the stretching limbs of Red Cedars, around massive buttress roots and under the tendrils of twisted vines. Ancient ferns will show up like filigreed umbrellas as you pass underneath their overhanging leaves.
As you make your way through the Daintree Rainforest you will see the reflected, luminous eyes of animals light up under your torch beam.
Lumholtz and Bennett’s Tree Kangaroos
Yes, it’s hard to imagine how a kangaroo manages to live in a tree! The Bennett’s and Lumholtz tree-kangaroos are very comfortable living in the rainforest canopy. Lumholtz tree kangaroos are actually cathemeral, not nocturnal, which means that they are active and sleep in the day and night. Spotting these rare creatures is difficult, but on the tour the guides know where one family hang out, so you might be lucky.
Melomys is a genus of rodent that resembles a cross between a rat and a mouse. They scurry around at night in the undergrowth and it’s highly likely that you will catch one in the beam of your torch as they go about their nightly business.
These possums are light in colour, which makes them easier to see at night. They spend most of their time in the trees in tree hollows or in their own nests (dreys). They are a sociable animal and live within family groups. If you hear a high-pitched whistling noise – it could be the ring tailed possums.
The spotted-tail quoll is well-adapted to its life in the rainforest. The smaller subspecies of the spotted-tail quoll lives in Far North Queensland in the Daintree Rainforest and is one of the most ferocious animals in the rainforest. With a strong body and razor sharp teeth this is one animal you don’t want to argue with. They communicate with a variety of hisses, screams and cries that sound like the noise of a circular saw, so if you hear this distinctive noise on your tour you’ll know it’s not somebody sawing some wood at night.
This area is home to one of Australia’s largest rodent, the white-tailed rat. At a large 500-890 grams (17-31 oz) these can be seen at night scurrying at night searching for food on the forest floor.
These are small marsupials that use their front feet to dig for food. They forage for insects and larvae that are burrowed underground. You might hear a happy ‘grunt’ noise when they do find something! If you disturb them they also make a shrill squeaky noise. The small conical holes that they leave behind after their dig are called a ‘snout poke’. The name bandicoot comes from the term ‘pandi-kokku’ which translates as ‘pig rat’ in Teluga an Indian language.
The Lesser Sooty Owl only hunts at night. It hides during the day in between tangles of aerial roots in the dense foliage, in crevices and beneath overhanging banks. If you are walking and you hear a piercing downscale whistle and a shriek it could be a Lesser Sooty Owl. If you hear a series of trills and chirrups then it could be a Lesser Sooty Owl trying to get amorous with lady Lesser Sooty Owl. At night they feed on small mammals (watch out bandicoots!), insects and some birds.
These are large bats that look like flying foldaway umbrellas. It’s their reverse panda eyes, with light brown fur circling their eyes that gives them their name. They commute from their roosting camps in Port Douglas at dusk to feed at night on the fruits that are found in the Daintree Rainforest, travelling up to 50km each night. Their importance to pollination and seed dispersal is vital to the survival of the Daintree Rainforest. Smaller bats that can be seen at night are the Eastern Blossom Bat and the Eastern Tube-nosed Bat.
Apart from the wildlife you can see described above, there are also unique frogs, lizards and insects that you will be able to see illuminated in your light beam.
Your guide will be pointing out interesting wildlife along the way and explaining how this rich diversity of life all live together in this rare eco environment.
Departs at 7:30 pm
January - December
Not open December 25, January 1 and Cairns Iron Man
2 Hours (approx)
This tour is not suitable for disabled people and those with walking difficulties.
Weight: Up to 120 Kg / 265 Lb
Comfortable walking shoes
Minimum age 8 years.