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Chillagoe Caves & Outback Day Tour

1 Day Chillagoe, Mareeba & Australian Outback Tour 

Departs from Cairns, Northern Beaches & Port Douglas on Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Billy Tea Safaris is a small locally owned tour operator, which operates small personalised tours with custom built 4WD vehicles, and your naturalist guides have extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture, which will ensure your day will be a memory of a lifetime.

Your day begins when your accredited guide meets you at your accommodation Cairns CBD around 6.45am, Holloway’s Beach and Yorkey’s Knob will be approximately 7.00am, and after introductions all round We’ll ascend the McAllister Ranges and head west through dirt tracks via the little town of Biboorha, looking for many different species of bush birds, including Emus, Wedge Tail Eagles, Squatter Pigeons and Kangaroos, Frilled Neck Lizards, before reaching our first stop.

Please note: If you're thinking of driving to Chillagoe in your hire car you need to check with your company that you can take your car on a dirt road. The road to Chillagoe is not sealed all the way. If you can't drive... come on our tour!

Highlights of Your Day in the Outback

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Mareeba Wetlands

Mareeba Wetlands for morning tea and a twenty-minute cruise in an environmentally friendly and quiet electric boat. This is a magnificent setting and to see the Giant Lotus Lilly's up close and also many different Water Birds as well. You will learn about the fragile Eco System of this wonderful reverse and also see the Rare Gouldian Finch breeding program.

4WD Through the Outback

From here we 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, we are now in the Australian Outback. (We may sometimes have to take our Wet Weather alternate from the Wetlands when the road is impassible, we will then visit Granite Gorge) Take a step back in time as we travel through historical towns and rolling hills rich in mineral eventually giving way to towering limestone karsts scattered around Chillagoe Township.

Chillagoe Smelters & Famous Chillagoe Caves

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

We 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.


After the cave tour, we head back towards the east coast, stopping for a comfort stop along the way. 

The tour then returns back down the range arriving back in Cairns at approximately 6.30pm.  

Please ensure that you wear closed in footwear for the cave tour, please. No Thongs or High Heels on this tour.

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CONTACT: 07 4032 0077

(International: +61 7 4032 0077)


Tour Days

Tour operates Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
(Or by request on other days requiring minimum numbers) Tour does not operate Good Friday, 17th July or Christmas Day.

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