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Chillagoe Caves & Outback Tour [CNS45]
Day Tour, Chillagoe Caves & Outback Tour with Morning Tea & Lunch. Cairns, Australia.

Join this small, locally owned tour operator on a small personalized tour  in a custom built 4WD vehicle. Your naturalist guides with extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture will give you a fantastic tour of the Queensland Outback of Chillagoe and the McAllister Ranges.

Join this small, locally owned tour operator on a small personalized tour  in a custom built 4WD vehicle. Your naturalist guides with extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture will give you a fantastic tour of the Queensland Outback of Chillagoe and the McAllister Ranges.

Board the custom built 4WD vehicle and travel through the back blocks of this wetland area viewing Wallabies, Emus and other wildlife and then along the agricultural paddocks of this fertile area, where you will have a chance to see, Paw Paw, Lychee, Longen, Mangoes, just to name a few eventually crossing over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed, to enter the Australian Outback. Take a step back in time as you travel through historical towns stopping at Skybury Coffee Plantation for morning tea. Rolling hills rich in mineral eventually giving way to towering limestone karsts scattered around Chillagoe Township.

Here delve into the history of the Chillagoe copper smelters, whose old chimneys dominate the western horizon.

Visit the remains of the once mighty smelters to ponder what it was like working there…. Now it’s time for a wonderful lunch at a true Australian Outback Pub built back at the turn of the century, before setting off to have a look at this historical town on route to our National Parks guided Chillagoe Cave tour where you will take a step back in time and be inspired by the knowledge of your guide as he explains about the fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs some 400 – 420 million years old, with hidden limestone labyrinths give a portal to a lost world just like our own Great Barrier Reef. This was once the inland sea.

Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations and Chillagoe Caves are nothing short of spectacular. 

Operates:

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (or by request on other days requiring minimum numbers)
Does not operate Good Friday, July 17th or Christmas Day (December 25)

Need to Know

– You will need to be reasonably fit as there are stairs, some uneven ground and will take an hour to walk through the cave system at a slow pace.
– Private charter transfers from Port Douglas requires an additional cost.

Times

Pick-up around 6:45am & Drop-off around 7:00pm.
 
Inclusions

– Travel off the beaten track down exclusive 4WD backroads
– Morning tea Skybury Coffee Plantation
– Spot kangaroos, emus, wallabies, wedge-tail eagles (wildlife galore!) all day in the Outback
– Drive past diverse dry tropical farmlands
– Pass through historic mining ghost towns and small outback communities
– Visit the local Aboriginal Rock Art and Balancing Rock
– Local Chillagoe Gift Shop is a must see! Find fossils in ancient limestone casts at Chillagoe
– Explore the famous Chillagoe Caves
– View the once booming Chillagoe smelter ruins
– Outback Aussie lunch in 100-year-old pub
– Visit the wallabies at Granite Gorge and see local wildlife
– Small-group tour in a luxury 4WD