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Broadbeach, Australia
 Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Experience - Small Group Tour
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
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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
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6:00 PM
*IMPORTANT - Pick Up Starts 30minutes Prior To Tour Start Time. Please call to confirm your pickup time. 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 travellers can participate
  • *IMPORTANT - Pick Up Starts 30minutes Prior To Tour Start Time. Please call to confirm your pickup time.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
  • 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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 sanitisation during Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Experience - Small Group Tour?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Experience - Small Group Tour.
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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
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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

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4.5
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star-5
Super fun with Kids !
Vikram_R
, Jun. 2022
Great experience! These guys know their stuff and are so passionate about what they do . Loved every moment of this spectacular trip. Thanks team !
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thank you so much Vikram! We are so pleased you enjoyed your tour :)
star-5
Special:)
Amber_A
, Jun. 2022
Nice desserts along the way, first experience seeing glow worms, special :). Not sure where else in the world can we see glow worms?!
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thanks Amber! Very happy to hear this
star-2
Not The Best Experience
Elizabeth_K
, Jun. 2022
We were very dissatisfied with our experience. The tour guide not only ran more than 15 minutes late without communication, he then rushed everyone through cake/coffee. While the tour boasts a different view of the Gold Coast at night from atop Tamborine Mountain, there was no such stop. Instead, the tour guide pointed it hot very quickly on the drive and stated, “That’s it!” Not only this, but the tour advertises 12 people maximum on this “small group tour”, but there were 15 people on our tour, without any prior communication, which crammed us into a van. If we were told it would be 12 people maximum when we booked, we should have been told it would be 15 people after we had already booked and paid. The tour itself was not as intimate because of the size of the group, and the tour guide only spoke to the first few people behind him. We missed quite a bit of the commentary because of this. At the end, the tour guide did not speak with anyone on the van except the person in the passenger seat. Furthermore, the tour guide was sick and continued to cough the entire ride and did not wear a mask. Because of this experience, I would recommend other tours if you’d like to see the glow worms.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Hi Elizabeth_K, Thank you for taking the time to write to us about your experience on our tour. The guide at times can run late due to other passengers not being on time for their pickups and traffic within the city, but apologies that this was not relayed to you on the night. We have a permit to take 15 passengers on our Glow Worm Tour and have to disagree that an extra 3 people would have spoilt the tour for you, as you were travelling in a 16 seater bus which can take 16 passengers comfortably. The guide has been reminded about wearing a mask when has a cough for everyones safety. I will be sure to pass on your feedback to management to see how we can implement your suggestions to make our tours the best they can be. Thanks again.
star-3
Tour was okay
Jonathan_P
, Jun. 2022
The good: Marc (our guide) is very passionate and informative and the tour did show us glow worms The bad: - Basic information (tailored towards kids) - Lack of wildlife - Not worth the price Final thoughts: - The tour was basic and lasted about 1 hour if it weren’t for the transportation or the tea and cake. The hike to the glow worms was easy (except they should double check the flash lights for battery life before hand). Based on my assessment, I would not recommend this tour to adults for the asking price. Our tour guide, Marc, was excellent and shared a lot of his research and did the best he could. The content was just not enough.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Hi Jonathan, Thanks for your review and the feedback you have provided.
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

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