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1 Day Chillagoe Caves & Outback Tour

Head away from Cairns' tropical coast with this full-day tour into the Queensland Outback visiting the Chillagoe Caves, Aboriginal Rock Art, Granite Gorge, and more!

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Duration
Duration
12 hrs 30 min
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
20
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Moderate
Meals
Meals
Included
Start & End Location
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Cairns
AUD $195
Child 4 to 16 yrs: AUD $125
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What's Included

  • Return transfers from your Cairns accommodation
  • Small-group day tour in a luxury 4WD
  • Morning tea at Skybury Coffee Plantation with local coffee or tea, and a snack
  • Visit the Balancing Rock for a photo opportunity
  • See some Aboriginal Rock Art and learn about local Dreamtime stories
  • Visit the Chillagoe Smelter Ruins
  • Explore the famous Chillagoe Caves with a local expert guide who will share stories and local history of the area
  • Enjoy an Aussie Outback lunch in the 100-year-old local pub in Chillagoe
  • Visit the wallabies at Granite Gorge and see local wildlife
  • All National Park and entry fees

WHAT TO EXPECT

Your day begins with a pick up by your friendly accredited guide in a custom-built air-conditioned 4WD vehicle. After introductions and getting to know your fellow passengers for the day, we'll ascend the McAllister Ranges looking for many different species of bush birds, including emus, wedge-tail eagles, squatter pigeons, kangaroos and frilled neck lizards along the way to your first stop at Skybury Coffee Plantation in Mareeba for morning tea

 

Next up, is a private local ranger-guided Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park tour. 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. Hidden limestone labyrinths give a portal to a lost world just like our own Great Barrier Reef.

 

Then, at the Chillagoe Smelter Ruins, we delve into the history of the Chillagoe copper smelters, whose old chimneys dominate the western horizon.

 

Speaking of history, it's time for lunch at Chillagoe's 100-year-old pub – a true Australian Outback Pub built back at the turn of the last century! There is time to visit the unique gift shop in Chillagoe specialising in Chillagoe marble and local Aboriginal art.

 

Visit Balancing Rock for an iconic photo opportunity, and see Aboriginal Rock Art and learn about some Dreamtime stories. Lastly, we'll head to Granite Gorge to get up close and personal with the local rock wallabies.

 

Where we visit:

  • Skybury Coffee Plantation
  • Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park 
  • Chillagoe-Munagana Caves 
  • Chillagoe Smelter Ruins
  • Historic Chillagoe Pub
  • Balancing Rock 
  • Granite Gorge National Park 
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For the Outback Tour, vehicles take 14 passengers only. We keep our numbers small to create a more personalised day tour experience.

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Hat, sunscreen, camera with extra batteries, water bottle, extra cash for cold drinks, souvenirs or an ice-cream

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wear comfortable clothes and flat closed in shoes. No thongs (flip flops) and no high heels. If you do not have closed in shoes you may not be allowed in the Caves due to safety reasons and the decision of National Parks. In winter you will need to take a light coat. 

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All dietary requirements must be notified at the time of reservation, or at least 48 hours notice before travel. We cater for vegetarians and most other requirements within reason and providing they are of a medical nature.

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No, due to the remoteness of the area we can not provide WiFi in our vehicles. This may also mean limited mobile reception throughout the day as well.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • A minimum of 5 passengers is required for this tour to operate. Please note, that if minimum numbers are not met this tour may be cancelled for a full refund or rescheduled to an alternative day. You will be notified at least 24 hours prior to travel of any changes.
  • Itineraries are subject to change, modification and some destinations may not be reached at the discretion of the operator on the day due to weather or road conditions, possible road closures and the safety of all passengers
  • All dietary requirements must be notified at the time of reservation
  • Guests 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
  • There are a few confined spaces you will need to go through during the cave tour. If you do not like really confined spaces, please notify the local guide. There is a part during your cave experience where they will take you the long way around to avoid this really tight section
  • Prams and strollers are not permitted into the caves, so the children will need to be able to walk or you will need to carry them. 
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or people with walking disabilities
  • The operator will provide baby seats or booster seats for all children up to 7 years, please advise at the time of booking

Cancellation Policy:

  • Customers can cancel their trip up to 18 hours before travel for a full refund (2 pm the day prior to travel)
  • If you cancel within the 18-hour period before travel, no refund will be issued
  • Rebooking fees of $50 also apply

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