Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns | La Vacanza Travel

Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns

Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Australia, Queensland, Cairns & the Tropical North

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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Cairns & the Tropical North
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


The only Outback Full-Day Tour from Cairns and Port Douglas! Explore the Chillagoe Caves, Granite Gorge and other gems of the Australian Outback on a full-day tour from Cairns. With a naturalist guide, you'll travel by 4WD vehicle through the McAllister Ranges, the Great Dividing Range and the Australian Outback while listening to informative commentary about the region’s wildlife, history and Aboriginal culture. Tour Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park, drive near the wetlands to spot Australian native wildlife, see historic mining towns, and enjoy morning tea at the local Skybury Coffee Plantation and lunch at a 100-year-old Chillagoe Pub during this small-group tour limited to 14 people.

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Stop At: Billy Tea Safaris, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

pick up from the Cairns area

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Skybury Cafe & Roastery, 136 Ivicevic Rd, Paddys Green QLD 4880, Australia

The heart of one of Australia’s most diverse and richest food
bowls Skybury Tropical Plantation has grown the country’s best coffee and tropical fruit for the past 30 years. Enjoy morning tea, with coffee, tea and sweet treats.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park, 3 Hours From Cairns, Chillagoe, Queensland 4871 Australia

Explore the Chillagoe Caves. Follow your guide through the fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs over 400 million years old. Once an inland sea, these limestone labyrinths are a spectacular sight to see.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Chillagoe Smelters, Chillagoe, Queensland Australia

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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Balancing Rock, near Chillagoe Cattle Station, Chillagoe, Queensland 4871 Australia

Visit Balancing Rock for an iconic photo opportunity. Then, see Aboriginal Rock Art and learn about some Dreamtime stories with your guide.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Post Office Hotel, 15-17 Queen St, Chillagoe QLD 4871, Australia

Enjoy lunch at a true Australian Outback Pub built back at the turn of the century! Burgers, Fish & Chips and Vegetarian meals are available and refreshments at own cost. Mingle with the locals and
leave a handwritten message on the wall of this classic 100-Year-Old Aussie Pub.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Granite Gorge Nature Park, 332 Paglietta Rd, Mareeba, Queensland 4880 Australia

A privately owned nature park near Mareeba with stunning scenery as you walk along the short circuit navigating massive boulders. Striking scenery and wildlife galore.

The big drawcard at Granite Gorge is the rock wallabies. This colony is an endangered species that is unique to the Mareeba area. Plus, you’ll see other native wildlife.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Local driver guide
  • Lunch at a 100-year-old Aussie pub
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park Tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Cairns and Northern Beaches area only)
  • Chillagoe Smelter Ruins
  • Visit Balancing Rock and see Aboriginal Rock Art
  • Granite Gorge National Park and see Wallabies
  • Morning Tea at Skybury Cafe and Roastery

  • Port Douglas transfers (min 2 people, contact reservations after booking to confirm)
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear closed-toe shoe and bring a light jacket or sweater
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required, as there are steps and uneven terrain leading into the caves
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

06:30 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


11 hours 30 minutes

User's Reviews


29 Feb, 2024

Very well organized. Guide Rowan was top notch and very knowledgeable. The caves were beautiful and lived feeding the rock wallabies. Liked that it was a small group. Only negative part was felt the slogan “outback” was misleading


21 Feb, 2024

Excellent trip it was well organised and informative . The guide was great . The cave experience was amazing. Great morning tea and lunch . A long day but was well worth it. Great value for money. Would have like to spend more time in the cave as it seemed a bit rushed.


18 Feb, 2024

Really great day! Our tour guide Gav was excellent making sure we got to see as much as possible and had lots of knowledge on the local area. Meeting the rock wallabies was the highlight! They jumped into our laps and were super friendly -really cool experience! Got to hold a snake, skink and parrot too!

Ron M

17 Feb, 2024

We had a excellent day with Gavin, he is passionate, very knowledgeable and great storyteller. We were not disappointed, seen lots of wildlife, great lunch, met some locals and informative cave tour.


17 Feb, 2024

I had an amazing time on the Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip tour!! This was my favorite tour of my trip! Gavin was an amazing tour guide and offered so much information on the local environment, animals and aboriginal people! His passion for the area was very obvious!! The coffee stop was amazing, the caves were so cool and my absolute favorite part was getting to feed the wild wallabies! We also got super lucky and saw a dingo. Definitely worth the trip(:

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Amazing experience! Highly recommend!!


A Day in the Outback


Gift of the 'Gav' our tour guide


Geology, history and wildlife all in one tour!


Beautiful caves


Loved Balancing Rock


A true aussie experience


Best day out from Cairns


A Great Day


Great views of the cabbed and the outback


Highly recommend


Breathtaking, hot and memorable


Great day of exploring!


Great day out west of Cairns


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Great Day Trip


Chillagoe and surrounds tour. - Billy Tea tours


Best day caves


So worth the long day! Really interesting places with friendly guides


A fantastic experience


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Great Taste of the Outback


Lots of Driving to Interestinng Places


10/10. Take this tour!


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