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Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Experience - Small Group Tour

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
 Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Experience - Small Group Tour
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the nighttime enchantment of Mt Tamborine National Park on this unique 4WD rain forest walk and glowworm tour. At the mountain summit, stop for a light supper of cakes and hot chocolate, and soak up views of the twinkling Gold Coast from a lookout. Then, observe nocturnal wildlife by torchlight with a guided bushwalk through the rain forest, where you’ll come across an ethereal waterfall illuminated by glowworms.
  • Glow-worm tour through Mt Tamborine National Park by 4WD
  • Take a guided rainforest walk to a waterfall lit by glow worms
  • See nocturnal wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy supper of cakes and a hot drink
  • Local guide and live commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Local guide
Live commentary
Dessert at mountain restaurant (cake with tea/coffee/hot chocolate)
Guided rainforest walk
Umbrellas
Insect repellant
Torch / Flashlight
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Aquaduck Gold Coast , Shop 34 Circle On Cavill, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia

You can also join our tours from our Aquaduck and Southern Cross Tours booking office, Shop 34 Circle on Cavill, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise.

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6:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.Additional Pickup locations: Aquaduck & Southern Cross Tours - Circle on Cavill, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Australia Fair Shopping Centre (Broadwater Side, near Pedestrian Entrance) - Marine Parade, Southport. Harbourtown (Opposite Bus Stop, Westbound Brisbane Road). Helensvale Train Station - Town Centre Drive, Helensvale. Michigan Drive - 5 Michigan Drive, Oxenford. Pickup from selected Gold Coast Hotels. Contact operator if unsure of closest meeting point. Pickup times will be confirmed prior to travel. *Pickup list and times subject to change. From time to time guests may be asked to meet at a nearby location if there are road closures or difficulty accessing their property
Escape the crowds of the Gold Coast and journey inland on this serene evening adventure. After pickup at your Gold Coast hotel in a luxury 4WD vehicle, wind your way up to the summit of Mt Tamborine. Along the way, stop at a lookout for spectacular views of the coastline and ocean awash in the colors of sunset.

Get a taste of Mt Tamborine’s summit scene with a light supper at a local café. Snack on homemade cakes and biscuits served with your choice of tea, cappuccino or steaming hot chocolate.

As light fades from the sky, follow your guide on a nighttime bushwalk through the surrounding subtropical rain forest. Equipped with a low-wattage torch, experience the magic as nocturnal creatures emerge from the darkened forest. Your guide will lead the way with a high-powered LED torch for a better view of native flora and fauna. Veer off a secret path that leads to an enchanting waterfall illuminated by the light of a glowworm colony. Enjoy the silence and serenity of the forest as you admire this natural phenomenon.

After walking back to the 4WD vehicle, relax on the return ride to the Gold Coast, where your tour concludes in the late evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Mount Tamborine
Visit Mount Tamborine on this evening rainforest, wildlife and glow worm tour.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tamborine Mountain
Explore Tamborine at night in Gold Coast's only evening Rainforest, Waterfall and Glowworm Tour. Enjoy a delicious dessert of coffee and cake at a local mountain top restuarant and stargazing on a clear night.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Curtis Falls
Experience a guided walk to the waterfall. Whilst at the waterfall you can see the glow worms along the rock face.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tamborine National Park
Our expert local guide will escort you on a rainforest walk to the waterfall. Each guest receives a torch to light the parth. Learn about plants and animals along the way to the Glow Worms.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gallery Walk
Enjoy a warm drink and your choice of freshly baked cakes at our mountain top restaurant. (Please note the shops along Gallery Walk are closed during our visit.)
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and a jacket for cooler evenings
  • Due to the nature of the tour weather conditions may change itinerary and wildlife spotting
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Southern Cross Tours
You can cancel up to 3 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 3 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Experience - Small Group Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Experience - Small Group Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Experience - Small Group Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Experience - Small Group Tour.

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  • "If you are interested in discovering these creatures in their natural habitat outside of the confines of a zoo and understanding their ecosystem, this is a wonderful tour!" See review

Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
120 Reviews

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star-5
Great tour, even in the rain!
Lesley_C
, May 2022
The glow worms and waterfall are well worth seeing and the guides were fun and super knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks a bunch Lesley :)
star-5
Do it
Katie_E
, May 2022
Duff was a great guide spotting all shots of wildlife for us to see - spiders, lizards, crayfish etc. The walk was nice and easy for all ages and the cafe stop was a nice idea too
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks Katie, great to hear you had a fantastic time :)
star-2
Nice experience, poor guide
Claire_R
, May 2022
The tour guide/driver was very disorganised. We drove in circles around Surfers Paradise for 30mins without explanation. When we finally got on the way, the guide made so many wrong turns - seemed like he had no real idea where we were going. When we got to the glow worms, he didn't have much knowledge about the surrounding area or the flora and fauna. The stop at the Manor was lovely, and the glow worms themselves were good to see, but the guide really let the experience down.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Claire, Thank you for your feedback and review. So glad to hear you enjoyed the dessert at The Manor and also seeing the glow worms! Thanks for bringing this to our attention, the staff member in question had just finished his training, but we will revisit his hotel training again to ensure this doesn't happen. Kind Regards, SCT
star-5
Prince Edward Rules
Terry_B
, Apr 2022
Edward looked after the children so we’ll and found/shared some wonderful creatures on the walk as well as the glow worms
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for the 5 stars!
star-2
Friendly staff: underwhelming tour.
Hannah_G
, Apr 2022
Incredibly friendly staff but a very underwhelming tour. After attending a different glow worm tour in Sydney, I had high expectations for this one, but the local fauna and flora knowledge was limited. It was my partner’s first time seeing the glow worms and he was disappointed. I would recommend hiring a car and heading up for a self tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Hannah, Thank you for your review. Our sincerest apologies we have been significantly short staffed and training new staff has been very difficult due to COVID. We have now made changes to our training to ensure we are improving our standards. Kind Regards, SCT
star-5
AMAZING! highly recommend
Aleksandra_S
, Mar 2022
The tour guy was amazing! Enjoyed every part of it, was an incredible experience and for sure would recommend this activity for people that want to explore the Gold Coast & nature
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you so much! We hope to see you again soon :)
star-4
The Tour guide was...
Nicolle_W
, Mar 2022
The Tour guide was entertaining and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend for something different whilst on the Gold coast
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you Nicolle!
star-5
Great experience
Demet_W
, Mar 2022
Our tour guide was amazing he was funny and entertaining knew exactly what what he was talking about and where to find creatures and animals. The stop for cake and tea at the restaurant was delicious.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Sounds like a fantastic night Demet! Thank you so much for the 5 stars!
star-5
Beautiful nature filled evening
Jess_C
, Feb 2022
What a beautiful way to spend an evening, the tour was brought to life by Eddys passion for the area and his expertise. Would highly recommend this tour to families and couples
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hi Jess_C, Thank you for your 5 stars and kind words We hope to see you again for another adventure! Kind Regards, Southern Cross Tours
star-5
Glow worm
Ashritha_D
, Jan 2022
The tour guide was amazing. Saw some amazing animals and the glow worms at night were incredible. Easy hike They offered pick up at Helensvale station which was super helpful for me. They understood I was travelling alone and made sure they dropped me back on time at the station to catch a train back home.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hello Ashritha_D! Thank you very much for the 5 star review! That's so awesome to hear you had such a great night out with Tour guide Harry and we hope to see you again for more rainforest adventures in the future! Kind Regards, SC Tours
star-5
Excellent experience
Kristen_D
, Dec 2021
The tour guide, Harry (?), was incredibly informative and passionate about the Gold Coast, and the rainforest ecosystem. He was very engaging and knowledgeable. My 13 year old son loved hearing his science knowledge.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Gday, Thank you so much Kristen! We are so happy to hear that and that your son had such a great time! We hope to welcome you back on tour in the future :) Kind regards, SC Tours
star-4
Our tour guide(Harry) was...
Kenny_L
, Dec 2021
Our tour guide(Harry) was very friendly and made the trip interesting and fun! The Glow worms were beautiful as well! However I did expected more glow worms.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hi Kenny, thanks for the review and feedback! Glad you had a fun tour
star-5
Rainforest at night
Sascha_B
, Jul 2021
This was a great way to finish a day at the Gold Coast. Duffy was an excellent host and explained things very well.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for the awesome review and feedback! We are really glad you enjoyed your experience with us!!
star-4
Night adventure with rainforest walk and glow worms.
DeborahAnne_w
, Jun 2021
The tour guide Andrew was great. He was knowledgeable and easy liking guy who made the tour an enjoyable experience for everyone. He is well suited to his job. The walk down to the glow worms and back again was easy, even for those those who were unfit. It was disappointing that the worms were not very illuminated but this could not be helped by any one except the worms themselves. The added element of having dessert before seeing the worms were a nice touch and all the group praised them. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for this great review! We really appreciate the feedback and support. We are so glad you had such a great time on your tour and i will be passing this onto Andrew! :)
star-5
Glow worms
Rachel_M
, May 2021
Soooo good. Thanks Duff. Even loved the spiders. So nice to see the forest at night. Highly recommend it
icon Response from Host , May 2021
G'day Rachel_M! Thank you so much for the 5 Star review & your kind feedback! So great to hear you loved your tour and your guide Duffy! Please join us again soon for another adventure. Kind Regards, SC Tours
star-3
Misleading
Linda_D
, Apr 2021
Waterfall when lit up by torch light was nice,tho advertised would see waterfall illuminated by glow worms. Tour guide informative and funny. No 4WD which was not there fault. Didn't get out at a lookout out. I feel the whole advertisement of the tour was misleading
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hi Linda, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review about our Glow Worm Tour. Your feedback is always welcomed as we wouldn't be able to improve on our tours without it. It is regrettable that with the wet weather, we were unable to do any off-roading that night and therefore also missed out on the lookout which is located on that track. It also sounds as though the Glow Worms were not as bright as some nights, but as they are wild animals and can be unpredictable, we cannot guarantee what will be seen on each tour. As you can see by our reviews this is a very popular and well-loved tour with our delicious dessert, guided rainforest walk & getting up close to glow worms in the rainforest, so I am sorry to read that it did not hit the mark with you this time. I hope the rest of your holiday was enjoyable. Kind Regards, SC Tours
star-5
Great tour
wendy_s
, Jan 2021
4WD in the rain up the fire track was fun. The beautiful walk through the rainforest - spotting creatures along the way listening to the waterfall along the way to the glow worms great tour
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Gday wendy_s, Thanks for your 5 star review and recommendation of our Evening Glow Worm Tour! I have passed it on to Tim who was thrilled with your comments. We are pleased to hear your loved the rainforest walk and the glow worms at the waterfall. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday Kind Regards, SC Tours
star-5
Expert Wildlife Your
Dina
, Mar 2020
Wonderful wildlife tour led by Tapio, a biologist doing research at a local University. He was incredibly knowledgeable in all things Australian wildlife, beyond animals, with extensive information on plants, habitats, and environmental changes. The reviews are correct in explaining this is a lesisurely tour to seek out wildlife. It is not a series of rainforests hikes or uphill climbs. It is a slow and calme expert-guided expedition of easily traversed terrain in the search of some of Australia's native creatures. If you are interested in discovering these creatures in their natural habitat outside of the confines of a zoo and understanding their ecosystem, this is a wonderful tour!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Dina, Thanks for coming out on the Evening Glow Worm Tour with us! It's pleasing to hear you had a great experience with our guide, and enjoyed the knowledge he shared and spotted some awesome wildlife along the way to the glow worms! We really appreciate your kind review and hope you will visit us again next time you visit the Gold Coast. Kind Regards, SC Tours
star-5
Nice experience
MuhammadSuffri_O
, Mar 2020
Nice experience to see the glowworms and waterfall. Spotted some insects and mammals during the night walk in the Tamborine Nature Park. Before that we have a nice cakes and coffee. Thanks to the tour guide Harry. Nice guy. Thanks bro.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi MuhammadSuffri_O, Thanks so much for your 5 star review of our Evening Glow Worm Tour. Its great to hear you enjoyed your night out with Harry and saw lots of wildlife! We hope you can join us for another tour next time you visit the Gold Coast! Kind Regards, SC Tours
star-5
Glow worm nocturnal tour
shammitt
, Jan 2020
Lovely drive up the mountain. The Manor Restaurant was amazing. Lovely decor and delicious cake n coffee fantastic. Saw glow worms in their natural habitat. Tim our guide was knowledgable n good So overall good trip.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello shammitt, Thanks so much for the 5 stars! Its great that you enjoyed having Tim as your knowledgeable guide for the night. We also LOVE the cake at our dessert venue, and how delicious it is! Thank you again and we hope to see you on tour again next time. Kind Regards. - SC Tours

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