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Tour 4: 'Behind the Scenes' WILDLIFE experiences, River Boat Cruise & Butterfly Sanctuary Tour

koala behind the scenes wildlife tour

Tour 4: 'Behind the Scenes' WILDLIFE experiences, River Boat Cruise & Butterfly & Bat Sanctuary Tour

Full Day Tour

$460 Adult
$220 Child

Online bookings - 6% surcharge
Phone bookings - no surcharge
**Translator tour guides are available on request for an additional cost - German, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish and other languages.

This tour is a behind the scenes pass to get up close and personal with rangers, wildlife, koalas, bats, butterflies and the local indigenous tribe !

  • Koala and Wildlife Park - meet  “Jack the Ripper”, a 5 meter saltwater crocodile, Hand feed the free roaming kangaroos and wallabies, observe the cassowary and Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils & wombat.

  • A ranger guided ‘behind the scenes' tour of #1 bat sanctuary facility in Australia.

  • Relax on a Riverboat Cruise along the famous Barron River.

  • A guided ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

  • Aboriginal cultural dance performance (selected guests can join in the dance performance on stage)

  • Aboriginal boomerang throwing lesson, didgeridoo performance and spear throwing demonstration.

  • A delicious BBQ lunch featuring local produce and rainforest views

'Behind the Scenes' WILDLIFE Tour, Wildlife Experiences, River Boat Cruise, Butterfly & Bat Sanctuary Tour

This ultimate wildlife experience is led by your lead tour guide in conjunction with several wildlife experts and rangers, a behind the scenes educational experience of Australia’s Koalas, Butterflies, Bats, and Indigenous Culture. 

Meet“ Jack the Ripper”, a 5 meter saltwater crocodile, Hand feed the free roaming kangaroos and wallabies, observe the cassowary and Lum Holtz's Tree Kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils & wombat.

Wander the trail through the wildlife sanctuary, home to many animals including crocodiles, dingoes, the Tasmanian devil, Koalas, Wallabies, an Echidna, and a Wombat before we sit down to dine on delicious BBQ lunch as you take in the panoramic rainforest views. 

After lunch we head to the amphitheater for an onstage performance by the Pamagirri Aboriginal tribe, the traditional dance shows insight into this ancient surviving culture, and the connection with the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. After photos with the dancers, we split up into small groups to embark on an in-depth and interactive boomerang and spear throwing experience, your Pamagirri Aboriginal guide will teach you about the traditions that were learnt in the wilderness, before preforming a demonstration on the rainforest instrument – the Didgeridoo. 

A short drive away we arrive at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, home to over 1500 butterflies, all of which are bred inside the on-site breeding laboratory. Species include the electric blue Ulysses, the Majestic Green and Yellow Cairns Bird wing and the Monarch butterfly. View first-hand the breeding laboratory through special viewing windows, whilst the expert guide talks about their incredible journey from Caterpillar to Butterfly.

Our next stop is the Barron River Cruise – where you will acquaint yourself with the wonders of the world heritage rainforest while you meander along the famous Barron River. Enjoy the commentary and incredible photography opportunities of the wildlife including the per-historic Cassowary bird, freshwater turtles, water dragons and fish, together with over 100 species of tropical birds.

We complete this an unforgettable day with a 45-minute drive through the rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands to one of the world’s greatest wildlife wonders ‘The Tolga Bat Hospital’. This fully accredited award-winning Eco-tour is restricted to a small number of very lucky guests, here we embark on a 1 hour tour and enjoy an educational walk and talk experience through the bats home, whilst we watch the bats feed and interact with each other, you will also see and hear the echolocation calls of a micro bat on a bat detector. 


Days of Operation

This tour operates 7 days per week with transfers from Cairns, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach & the Northern Beaches

This tour does not operate on public holidays.  



What’s Included 

  • Return Door-to-Door Transfers from Cairns, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach and the Northern Beaches

  • Experienced Tour Guides and experiences, each specializing in a range of different wildlife species.  

  • A Delicious Lunch, Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea 


Fitness Requirements  

This experience calls for a low level of fitness. 

Additional Information


Pickup from 

  • 8:00 am Northern Beaches

  • 8.30 am Cairns

Return from 

  • 4:30pm Northern Beaches 

  • 5:00 pm at Cairns 


What to Bring: 

  • Comfortable Clothes and closed in shoes. *Please bring a jumper or jacket in the cooler months May/June/July/ August

  • Insect repellent 

  • Refillable Water bottle 

  • Camera

  • Hat / Sunscreen 

  • Umbrella/raincoat (in wet weather) 


A strict cancellation policy applies, we require at least 48 hours’ notice for a 100% refund. 
All cancellations under 48 hours will be a 100% cancellation fee. 

In the unlikely event of the tour being cancelled by the operator, guests will be offered a full refund or an alternative day. 

Rates & Prices  

  • Child 4-13 years

  • Adult 14 years +

  • Family = 2A + 2C 

  • Rates are GST inclusive and in Australian Dollars 

  • Infants (under 2 years old) travel free with parent

Tips whilst on Tour

  • Don't forget your personal medication and please advise your tour guide if you have any existing medical conditions such as a pacemaker or any other heart or medical condition.

  • Please advise your tour guide if you are taking any medications that might be used in the case of an emergency - e.g EpiPen 

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