Experience a personalized 4WD tour with expert guides through Queensland’s Chillagoe Outback and McAllister Ranges.
Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation, where you’ll board the custom built 4WD vehicle and travel through the back blocks of the McAllister Ranges and Mareeba. On the way you can spot wallabies, emus and other wildlife, and then along the agricultural paddocks you will have a chance to see paw paw, lychee, longan, mangoes, and other tropical fruiting trees. You’ll stop for morning tea before crossing over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed to enter the Australian Outback, taking you back to prehistoric times when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Travel through historic towns and rolling hills, rich in minerals, eventually giving way to towering limestone karsts scattered around Chillagoe.
Here delve into the National Parks Cave tour. The fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs with hidden limestone labyrinths give a portal to a lost world. Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations are nothing short of spectacular. Then delve into the history of the copper smelters, whose old chimneys dominate the western horizon. Visit the remains of these once mighty smelters before viewing ancient Aboriginal Rock Art. Afterwards you’ll enjoy an Aussie lunch at a true Australian Outback pub.
After lunch and a visit to the local souvenir shop, you’ll head back towards the east coast, stopping at Granite Gorge where you can feed wallabies and hold other indigenous animals. The tour then returns down the range to Port Douglas.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until March 31st, 2024; Tuesday and Friday from April 1st, 2024
Departs Port Douglas at 6:00am, Returns 7:30pm (approx.)
Does not operate December 25th and January 1st
– Return transfers from your hotel
– Small group tour in a premium 4WD
– Morning Tea at Skybury Coffee Plantation
– Visit the local Aboriginal rock art and Balancing Rock
– Local Chillagoe gift shop visit
– Find fossils in ancient limestone casts at Chillagoe
– Explore the famous Chillagoe Caves
– View the Chillagoe smelter ruins
– Visit the wallabies at Granite Gorge
Need to Know
Please bring a hat, sunscreen, camera with extra batteries, water bottle, extra cash for cold drinks, souvenirs or ice cream. Please wear close-toed shoes (required for entering the caves) and weather appropriate clothing. This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form.
Private tours available