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FNQ Nature Tours

FNQ Nature Tours

After ten years of guiding nature and wildlife safaris in Northern Australia, James Boettcher established FNQ Nature Tours in 2015, with a firm belief that tourism is the key to the protection and conservation of this World Heritage area.

The company offers tours across the Daintree Rainforest National Park, Atherton Tablelands, Crater Lakes and Cape Tribulation regions, designed for nature minded travellers desiring a personal, educational and interactive guided experience. Boasting the oldest tropical rainforests in the world, the region’s ecosystems are of profound importance, providing living examples of some of the earliest flowering plants and a fascinating insight into the diversity, evolution and survival of many rainforest species.

Small groups of up to seven guests, allow visitors to enjoy a more intimate setting and explore numerous hidden locations across the Wet Tropics area. With an amazing 2800 plant species and 663 vertebrate animal species, FNQ Nature Tours takes pride in providing in-depth interpretation across numerous wildlife categories including birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and marsupials, including nocturnal species.

The team is heavily involved with FNQ Wildlife Rescue to promote the health and wellbeing of sick or injured native animals in the area.


Speciality areas

  • Birds
  • Fish & Marine Invertebrates
  • Land Invertebrates
  • Land Mammals & Marsupials
  • Reptiles & Amphibians
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Quick facts

  • Visit the oldest tropical rainforest in the world
  • Home to 15 rodents, 162 species of reptiles, 36 bats and 41 marsupials including two species of tree kangaroo
  • This area is home to nearly half of Australia’s bird count including the Southern Cassowary
  • Prime region to see reptiles and amphibians including the endemic Boyd’s Forest Dragon and Saltwater Crocodile

About the region

Far North Queensland

Far North Queensland is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise, being the only place in the world where two World Heritage Listed areas exist side by side (Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef); an exceptionally rare combination of ecology.

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is extremely rich in biodiversity, with 2800 plant species and 663 vertebrate animal species, including 65 percent of Australia’s fern species, 30 percent of Australia’s orchid species and 35 per cent of Australia’s mammals. Being the oldest tropical rainforest in the world, the landscapes provide living examples of some of the earliest flowering plants and a fascinating insight into the diversity, evolution and survival of many rainforest species.

This is the area where the world’s songbirds emerged, currently home to forty percent of Australia’s bird species including bowerbirds, kingfishers, riflebirds, fruit doves and the endangered Southern Cassowary. Boasting the highest diversity of rainforest mammals in Australia, the Bennett's and Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo, Spectacled Flying-fox, Daintree River Ringtail Possum, Northern Long-nosed Bandicoot are popular sightings.

These spectacular landscapes are also prime spots to observe reptiles, amphibians, monotremes and butterflies, including the Platypus, Saltwater Crocodile, Boyd’s Forest Dragon, White-lipped Tree Frog, Green-eyed Tree Frog, Snapping Turtle, Leaf-tailed Gecko and electric blue Ulysses butterfly.

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Meet our guides

  • Meet our guides

    James Boettcher

    Owner and nature guide James Boettcher fell in love with guiding in his early twenties. The prospect of sharing and interpreting what he loves most, nature, was an unrivalled opportunity. James has guided wildlife and nature safaris in Northern Australia for over 10 years and has been based in Cairns since 1998. His passion and enthusiasm for the region is highly contagious. With a particular interest in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, James most enjoys interpreting the evolutionary history of the tropical rainforest and its invaluable story. Join James...

    Meet our guides

    James Boettcher

    Owner and nature guide James Boettcher fell in love with guiding in his early twenties. The prospect of sharing and interpreting what he loves most, nature, was an unrivalled opportunity. James has guided wildlife and nature safaris in Northern Australia for over 10 years and has been based in Cairns since 1998. His passion and enthusiasm for the region is highly contagious. With a particular interest in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, James most enjoys interpreting the evolutionary history of the tropical rainforest and its invaluable story. Join James on one of our overnight tours to Cape Tribulation where you’ll find him sitting on the beach by the fire playing the famous didgeridoo.