Tour Info & FAQs2022-02-05T00:05:19+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Tour Times2022-03-25T04:37:11+00:00

Morning Tours run daily 8:30-10:30 am.  Afternoon tours are available on request.

Night Walk Tours 6.30 – 8.30 pm Wednesdays.

Special Night Walks in the School Holidays are 6.30 – 8.30 pm.

Where do we meet?2022-06-05T07:36:55+00:00

For Let’s Go Buggin Tours (Morning and Night Walks) For Shroomin Tours… scroll down for the location details.

Please come to the Cairns Botanic Gardens and we will meet at the main entrance on Collins Ave.  There are some seats in a covered entrance.  Please wait here and I will meet you and finalise any last-minute details.  There are toilets behind the cafe about 50 metres inside the gardens.  NIGHT WALKS PLEASE NOTE:  No access to garden toilets for the night walk.

Cairns Botanic Gardens Meeting place for Let's Go Buggin Tours Cairns


For Let’s Go Shroomin Tour

Please come to the Nature Playground, Centennial Lakes, Greenslopes Street, Edgehill.  There are toilets nearby.  please wait here and I will collect your payment if you do not have a booking and we will conduct a short safety briefing before we start.

Meeting Place Let's Go Shroomin Nature playground

What should I wear?2021-10-11T02:32:04+00:00

I strongly suggest closed shoes, with light long sleeves and long pants.  Wearing this will allow you to avoid using any or excess repellent for mosquitoes and sandfly (midges and no-see-ums) bites which may affect your chances of getting that closeup shot of a critter. During the wet season however, it is advisable to wear repellent on any exposed skin.  Also please consider wearing sunscreen and a hat.

What should I bring?2021-10-28T23:02:36+00:00

Suggested items to bring include…

ALL WALKS:  Your choice of camera, your prescription eyewear. During the wet season, camera protection is recommended, and you may like to bring a poncho or light raincoat in case of a short shower.    If you don’t have a camera, I can provide rental equipment (pre-book ONLY), which includes a free 16 GB memory stick for you to keep.  See Camera Hire.

MORNING WALKS:  Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses. Most areas are shady however, there are a few sunny spots as well.

NIGHT WALKS: Torches are needed for Night Walks.  The light on your mobile phone will not be bright enough to give any decent visibility in the rainforest.  Feel free to bring your own, or I have some simple head torches to use free of charge.

MUSHROOM PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS:  If you like to get onto the ground to take pics of mushrooms (recommended for the best angles), then I suggest a towel or pants that you don’t mind getting dirty.  Knee pads for the serious mushroom photographer.


What if it rains?2021-10-11T02:32:25+00:00

Welcome to the Tropics!  During the wet season (November – March) we can expect rain to be a regular event in Cairns.  Sometimes it’s monsoonal, occasionally cyclonic, sometimes it’s a passing shower or it could be light drizzle all day.

Please keep in mind that the weather apps will usually have ‘Raining’ as their preview for the daily weather.  In reality, this may be for 1-5 minute downfall during the day at any time.

In the event that rain is likely on the day of your tour, a confirmation Text message will be sent out the day before with a contingency plan if we need to cancel.

Please come prepared for rain.  An umbrella, camera cover, poncho?  This is up to you.

Customers may cancel the booking outside of 24hours before (prior to 8.30am), and request a full refund OR change the date.  Cancellation within 24 hours of tour the customer will forfeit 100%.

Aussie Macro Photos reserves the right to being discretionary with the tours ‘Go Ahead’.  Decisions will be based on the likelihood of the weather disrupting the tour.

Car Parking and Buses2021-10-11T02:32:35+00:00

There is plenty of on-street parking around the Cairns Botanic Gardens and there is a bus stop at the main entrance of the gardens and also on Greenslopes st. Plan your journey here:

What is the minimum age?2021-10-11T02:32:46+00:00

Minimum age of 8 please. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What will I see?2021-10-11T02:33:00+00:00

MORNING WALKS: I have specific locations to see Cairns Birdwing Caterpillars, Four O’Clock moth caterpillars, Dwarf Eastern Tree Frogs, Orange Tortoise Beetles and many other animals which have a regular host plant that they live on. As we are in a natural environment, there are no guarantees of seeing a specific creature. Most animals in the insect kingdom will move from plant to plant so they can be spotted anywhere.  Rest assured I have excellent bug-spotting eyes and will see things most people won’t notice.

NIGHT WALKS:  There is a number of nocturnal insects and spiders that can be seen all year round for example, Crickets and Katydids, Huntsman spiders and Net Casting spiders.  Flying Foxes and Microbats are also seen all year round.  Frogs can be seen all year round, but we see MANY during the wet season.   Papuan Frogmouth Birds, Striped Possums, Giant White-tailed Rats, Bandicoots are seen regularly.  Occasional encounters with Pythons, Echidnas, Pademelons.

MUSHROOM PHOTOGRAPHY WALKS: Stinkhorn Mushrooms (Phallus species),  Ganoderma species, Fairy Inkcaps, Mycena species, Gymnopus Species, Yellow Jelly Fungi, Boletus species, Earth Stars, Marasmius species, Birds Nest Fungi, and various slime moulds.

Why Book with us?2021-10-28T23:04:23+00:00

Whilst you can walk around the Cairns Botanic Gardens for free, my tour will give you the opportunity to see the smallest beautiful animals that live in the gardens. I have spent over 1000 hours scouting the gardens to find these creatures, many of which will go completely unnoticed by people. I have learned the host plants and behaviours of many animals so I can provide you a fast-tracked way of seeing them and photographing them in their natural habitat.

What’s the best time of year?2021-10-11T02:33:18+00:00

There is something to see all year round with changes in specific animals throughout the year. For example, Four O’clock Moth Caterpillars are seen mostly in the dry season and rarely seen the rest of the year. The fungi and mushroom species are only seen during the wet season.  I adjust the tour route accordingly to maximise the wildlife encounters.

Will the bugs bite?2021-10-11T02:33:35+00:00

I promote the ‘Take only photos, leave only footprints’ philosophy, and do not condone the touching of any animals or the removal of any plant matter, including leaves and twigs. As long as you stick to these rules there should be no risk of animals biting you.

Allergies and Bee Stings2021-10-11T02:33:44+00:00

If you have a known allergy to insects or bees, please advise me at time of booking and I may decide to alter the itinerary to better suit you.

Do I need a Macro Lens?2021-10-11T02:33:55+00:00

Not necessarily.   You can capture great images using a smartphone, a simple compact camera or a zoom lens.  Having said that, a macro lens setup is extremely rewarding and fun style of photography.  I do have the Olympus TG5s available for hire if you would like to try.  There are a range of adapters and techniques available to turn your existing camera setup to capture macro images.

Photography Equipment2021-10-11T02:34:05+00:00

To get the most out of the tour, please bring your most suitable camera equipment.   It could be your mobile phone, a compact camera or a DSLR.   I highly recommend bringing a flash.  Even though it is during the day, we are getting in very close to subjects and a lot of the time they are in the shade and a flash will help bring out the detail.  Please contact me if you require more information.  Olympus TG5 compact cameras are available for hire for $29 (includes 16GB memory stick for you to keep). Pre-book 12 hours prior ONLY. The Olympus TG5 is a fantastic point and shoot camera with a macro setting that is very easy to use. I can give you a quick tutorial prior to the tour. Please come 20 minutes prior for your tutorial and a quick practice before we head off.

If Camera Hire has been reserved, 100% cancellation fee is applicable within 12 hours of Tour commencement.

Camera Hire2021-10-11T02:34:14+00:00

No camera? No Problem. Camera hire of the Olympus TG5 is available for $29 (includes 16GB memory stick for you to keep). Pre-book 12 hours prior ONLY. The Olympus TG5 is a fantastic point and shoot camera with a macro setting that is very easy to use. I can give you a quick tutorial prior to the tour. Please come 20 minutes prior for your tutorial and a quick practice before we head off on the tour.

If Camera Hire has been reserved, 100% cancellation fee is applicable within 12 hours of Tour commencement.

Night Walks2021-10-11T02:34:25+00:00

Night Walks offer an exciting alternative to see animals that we don’t normally see during the day.   We see many nocturnal insects, spiders and frogs.  I recommend that every person carry a torch to maximise the ability to see all the amazing critters.  I recommend a head torch over a hand-held torch.  It will be easier for you to take photos, and it may also help you with focusing your camera in the dark.  I also recommend buddying up with someone to help you take photographs.  One person shines the torch while the other takes the photograph, and then swap.   Feel free to bring your own torch, or I have some head torches available free of charge.  To read more about Night Walks please visit Night Walks. 

Do you do Group Bookings?2021-10-11T02:34:38+00:00

If you are interested in a group booking please email me details about your group to

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?2021-10-11T02:34:50+00:00

While most of the gardens is wheelchair accessible, some areas are not. However, I can adapt the walking route to be wheelchair accessible. Please advise at time of booking.

What is Macro Photography2021-10-11T02:35:12+00:00

Macro photography is close-up photography of small subjects, including things like bugs and flowers.  By the original definition, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject appears life-size or greater.   More information can be found with a simple google search.

Cancellations, Amendments and Changes2021-10-11T02:35:19+00:00

To secure your preferred date and time, advance bookings are highly recommended.

If you are booking directly with Aussie Macro Photos, you are welcome to amend your booking (date of tour, tour type etc.) at any time prior to 24hours before the commencement of your tour without penalty*.  Please email with your request.

Please note that any changes are subject to availability and any additional experiences/upgrades added to your itinerary will require additional payment.  A cancellation fee of 100% may be charged for bookings or any tour components (including transfers and camera hire) cancelled within 24 hours of your tour date.

*Cancellation fees apply to All Tours, including Special Tours. Bookings cancelled within 24 hours of travel are subject to 100% cancellation at Aussie Macro Photos discretion.

If Camera Hire has been reserved, 100% cancellation fee is applicable within 12 hours of Tour commencement.

Please contact our friendly reservations team to amend your booking.

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