9. 4 'Behind the Scenes' Wildlife Tour & River Boat Cruise
**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 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 Lumholtz’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. Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is our next stop, 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. Next is our 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.