Chillagoe & Outback 4WD Day Tour From Cairns

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Highlights & inclusions

Viewing birdlife and wildlife
Cairn's only Outback in a day tour
Lunch at an Outback Pub
Limestone formations and caves
Small and personalised group tour
Township of Chillagoe
or 4 payments of $57.25 with more info
Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to experience

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Tue, Jul 23, 2024

What you can expect

Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and after introductions all around we drive west approximately 200 kms to embark on a remarkable journey back in time.

Our first stop is Skybury Coffee Plantation to enjoy delicious local coffee, tea and morning tea with your fellow travellers looking out over the amazing view. Wander the gift shop and pick up yourself up a treat!

From here we head over the Great Diving Range out into the Western Water Shed area to the Historic Mining town of Chillagoe, famous for the Copper Mining back at the turn of the century. Once at Chillagoe a local ranger will take you on a guided tour into another world to explore the Chillagoe Caves. As you make your way through the limestone towers that rise above the flat plains of Chillagoe you will be amazed with the fossillised remains of this lost world and the great limestone formations that form this cave system.

Discover the Chillagoe Smelters, Balancing Rock and Aboriginal Rock Art before making your way to a 100-year-old Aussie Pub for lunch.

Finally, visit Granite Gorge Nature Park to explore the lush landscape and get up close to the famous rock wallabies that inhabit the area.


What you need to know

  • Environmentalist driver/guide
  • Courtesy pick up and return
  • Air-conditioned 4WD vehicles
  • Morning tea at Skybury Coffee Plantation
  • Delicious Aussie Pub Lunch
  • Chillagoe Caves tour with local ranger
  • Chillagoe Smelters
  • Balancing Rock and Aboriginal Rock Art
  • Granite Gorge to see the Wallabies
  • Extra transfer charges apply ($82pp) from Port Douglas and this is payable on the day of your tour
  • Extra transfer charges apply from Northern Beaches ($34pp return) and Port Douglas ($99pp return min 2 people). This is payable on the day of your tour.
  • Guided tour of the Chillagoe Caves
  • Tour of the Smelters
  • Visit Granite Gorge Nature Park
  • Visit the local Aboriginal rock art and Balancing Rock
  • Pass through historic mining ghost towns and small outback communities
  • Spot Kangaroos, emus, wallabies, wedge‐tail eagles (wildlife galore) all day in the Outback
  • Tours depart from Cairns at approximately 6.50am and returns at 6.30pm. Additional transfers charges apply from Port Douglas accommodation.
Hotel Pickup
  • Courtesy hotel transfers are provided for this tour/activity. Please select your hotel or pick up location from the list above to ensure you are picked up at the correct location. If you are yet to arrange a hotel, or your hotel or pick up location is not listed, select the "Pick up to be advised" option from the list above, and you will need to contact the local tour operator prior to the travel date to confirm a pick up location and time. Once your booking is confirmed, we will send you a confirmation voucher with the contact details of the local supplier for this tour/activity
What To Bring
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottled water
  • Extra batteries and memory cards
  • Extra cash for cold drinks souvenirs or an ice-cream
  • Comfortable clothes as you are in the tropics, and the outback in winter you will need to take a light coat
  • Flat comfortable closed in shoes – the ground is uneven so please no flip flops/thongs and no high heels
Booking Information
  • This tour requires a minimum 2 passengers required to operate
  • Hotel pick up information is required to confirm the booking
  • Itineraries may be subject to change due to weather and road conditions
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of the purchase, please print the voucher and present it on the day of the tour
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

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  • This experience is supplied by Exclusive Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest Tours


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