Chillagoe Caves Australian Outback Tour

This tour explores the Australian Outback from Far North Queensland. Travel in your custom-built 4WD and travel through the Atherton Tablelands wetlands. Before viewing Wallabies, Emus, and other wildlife. Visiting the Chillagoe Caves Australian Outback Tour is something not to be missed.

Chillagoe was once a thriving mining town for a range of minerals. With a population of fewer than 200 people today. The landscape is rugged limestone. In other words, a sharp contrast to the rolling green hills of the distant Central Tablelands.

See the land change to fertile agricultural paddocks. For example, growing Paw Paw, Lychee, Longen, and Mangoes.  Cross the Great Dividing Range into the Outback.

After that, travel through historic towns and visit a coffee plantation. Moving on, you reach the towering limestone karsts around Chillagoe Township.

Visit the remains of the once-mighty copper smelters of Chillagoe. Before a delicious lunch at ‘the pub’. In addition, enjoy a guided tour through the spectacular Chillagoe Caves.

You will see aboriginal rock art and visit the Balancing Rock before travelling back to Cairns with a stop at Dimbulah and Granite Gorge.

In conclusion, you’ll have a fantastic day full of history, wonder, and wildlife!

A bit more about Chillagoe

Chillagoe has a  400 million-year-old cave system. Some of which run for 11 kilometres.  Located 3 hours west of Cairns.  There are spectacular limestone caverns in over 700 caves.

You will discover 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. It is spectacularly illuminated by spotlights.

The beautiful caves features include stalactitesstalagmites and cave coral. Your guide will help you to understand how this fascinating hidden world was formed.

To sum up, there are many other caves with shadowy tunnels and underground chambers around the area.

  • Travel off the beaten track down exclusive 4WD back roads
  • Visit Skybury coffee plantation
  • Australian wildlife spotting
  • Pass through historic mining ghost towns and small outback communities
  • Visit the local Aboriginal Rock Art and Balancing Rock
  • Find fossils in ancient limestone casts at Chillagoe
  • Explore the famous Chillagoe Caves
  • View the once-booming Chillagoe smelter ruins
  • Outback Aussie lunch in a 100-year-old pub
  • Feed the wallabies at Granite Gorge and see local wildlife
  • Small-group tour in a luxury 4WD

Discover the Outback in Far North Queensland

Your Chillagoe Caves Australian Outback Tour begins at 6.45 am with pickup from your Cairns accommodation. Before ascending the McAllister Ranges and head to our first stop at Skybury Coffee Plantation. Next, you will get the chance to look for many different species of bush birds, including Emus, Wedge Tail Eagles, Squatter Pigeons and Kangaroos, and Frilled Neck Lizards.

4WD through the Outback

Board the custom-built 4WD vehicle and travel through the back blocks of this wetland area before crossing over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed. You are now in the Australian Outback! Take a step back in time as you travel through historical Australian outback towns.

Now it’s time for a beautiful lunch at a real Australian Outback Pub built back at the turn of the century. After lunch, you will set off to have a look at this historical town en route to your National Parks guided cave tour.

Explore the famous Chillagoe Caves

Enjoy an informative guided tour through the Chillagoe caves. Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations and Chillagoe Caves are nothing short of spectacular. Visit the Aboriginal Rock Art and the Balancing Rock.

On the way home

After the cave tour, head back towards the east coast. You will visit Granite gorge and get the chance to hand-feed rock wallabies.

The Chillagoe Caves Australian Outback Tour then returns to Cairns via the Kuranda range. Return to Cairns at approximately 6:30 pm.


  • Chillagoe Caves Australian Outback Tour courtesy pick up
  • Morning tea at Skybury coffee
  • Ranger-guided Chillagoe caves
  • Balancing rock
  • Outback Aussie lunch at a 100-year-old pub
  • Chillagoe smelter ruins
  • Aboriginal rock art
  • Tropical fruit tasting
  • Hand feed the wallabies at Granite Gorge
  • Enclosed footwear. No thongs or high heels
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Closed footwear
  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Cash & credit card


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