With a population of fewer than 200 people today. Chillagoe was once a thriving mining town for a range of minerals. This heritage is maintained by companies which now operate a small zinc mine and some marble quarries. The rugged limestone landscape of the remote area is a sharp contrast to the rolling green hills of the distant Central Tablelands.
You will discover astounding beauty in the natural wonders of the limestone caves in Chillagoe. Formed as a result of an ancient coral reef eroding over centuries. This underground world is navigated along iron walkways and is spectacularly illuminated by spotlights.
The beautiful caves features include stalactites, stalagmites and cave coral. Your guide will help you to understand how this fascinating hidden world was formed. There are many other caves with shadowy tunnels and underground chambers around the area. Some of these can be safe to explore on your own. So ask for advice from The Hub Visitor Centre.
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If the thought of tunnels and underground caverns is not to your liking, there are above-ground attractions worth a look. Make your way to Royal Arch. Checking out the wallabies and wallaroos in the open woodland on the journey. Also impressive is the limestone bulge of Balancing Rock. Marvel at the Aboriginal rock art shelters at Mungana or Wullumba.
The town’s mining heritage is given due respect at the commemorative Chillagoe Smelters. Featuring relics dating back to the 1890s along its walking tracks.
Chillagoe Hub Information Centre
21-23 Queen Street
Chillagoe, QLD 4871
Email: [email protected]