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“Great time! Great Value!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours

Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours
Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 429 083 338
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Ranked #9 of 111 Tours & Activities in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 'Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours' specialises in small group day/night rainforest wildlife tours. It is magical to be involved in seeing a wild animal unrestricted in its natural environment in the rainforest. We often see platypus, birds, possums, tree kangaroos, insects, frogs, owls, reptiles, various invertebrates and other animals on our tours. As a lot of Australian rainforest animals are nocturnal, a night element and spotlighting is included with a knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide.
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great time! Great Value!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

I loved this tour! A friend and I came from Chicago to go on this tour and it was exactly what I was looking for. The owner of the company took us out in the van and parked at locations near the rainforest. From there we took foot paths through the forest. You are given lunch and a good dinner and at dusk you search for a platypus until nightime, when you are given spotlights to look for those night creatures! We saw kangaroos, a rare, smaller kangaroo, fruit bats, possums, a tree frog, lizards, turtles, birds and many more! I would recommend this tour to everyone!

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“It's all about nature”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Terry was an interesting guide that really tried his best to show us as much of nature as possible. Unfortunately the night we went out it was a full moon so there wasn't as many animals as they might have been. he did show us green ants, kangaroos, lira (sp?) birds, various possums, platapuses and other lizards and birds. Also knowledgeable about plans (I feel I learned more about botany on this trip than I ever learned in school!). We went to a beautiful volcanic lake and had a proper tea which was idyllic. expensive but worth it.

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“Definitely worth getting out of Cairns for”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We started off with some wallabies on the city's edge (interesting location, but perhaps less exciting for those who have already seen lots of marsupials on their travels) and a huge colony of flying foxe,s before heading up into the forest itself. This is a good tactic to ensure you see something, because animals at these spots seem to be guaranteed, which of course the rest of the tour isn't. Unfortunately the weather turned against us so we didn't see our prime objectives of a platypus and a tree kangaroo but we did find a very wet coppery brushtail possum and some sort of rodent (maybe a melomys) and there are turtles, lizards and a huge cream tea at the first out-of-town stop.

Terry is a great spotter and also good on the forest plants – some of his comments on the animals suggest his wildlife knowledge is not as great (he's not a naturalist). It's definitely a good option to check the forest out after dark, although you could easily compress the tour to skip the two food stops, especially when it's dark around 6pm. Quite a late finish (back at 22:40).

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“Great guide, very informative and showed up loads of interesting wildlife:)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Great guide. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. Terry had lots of patience:) Excellent commentary. Good sightingsof promised wildlife. Good breaks and food. Thanks:-)

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“Lots of fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We booked the day-into-night tour with Wait-a-While as it was the only time we could fit a rainforest tour into our packed 3-day stop in Cairns, and luckily for us it did not disappoint. Being able to do segments of the tour during the day and at night was great as it allowed us to see different things at different times of the day. Over all, Terry showed us an array of plant life, bugs, birds, and local Aussie wildife animals in their natural habitat - including spotting a platypus - and provided specific knowledge and characteristics about everything that we spotted. Terry tried as best as possible to tailor the tour to the requests of everyone on it in terms of what we were all hoping to see. Yes, the price seems steep, but it is on par with other rainforest tours in and around Daintree and other areas of the Wet Tropics. Doing the walks at night was the true highlight though, and we would recommend this tour for that reason alone. A truly great experience.

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