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Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns

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Cairns, Australia
Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns

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icon11 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Discover the natural wonders of Tropical North Queensland on a full-day tour to Chillagoe Caves and Granite Gorge. Travel from Cairns by rugged 4WD vehicle with a naturalist guide, passing over the McAllister Ranges and the Great Dividing Range as you explore the Australian Outback. Visit Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park, drive near the wetlands to spot Australian native wildlife and stop by historic mining towns. Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, with morning tea and a pub lunch included.
  • Chillagoe Caves and Australian Outback day trip from Cairns
  • Tour of Chilagoe Caves and see fossilised remains on ancient coral reefs
  • See Aboriginal Rock Art in Chillagoe
  • Tour of the Smelters and visit Granite Gorge
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 participants ensures a more personalized experience
  • Morning tea and lunch included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

On board a 4WD vehicle, you'll gain access to remote spots for excellent wildlife viewing and off-roading around the wetlands, Great Divide and Outback. This itinerary balances wilderness adventures with creature comforts like morning tea, souvenir shopping and pub lunch.
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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)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

6:30 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Billy Tea Bush Safaris

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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, Jun 2021
Caves were great, would like to have seen more of them though, a very long day for only an hour at the caves. Pub food and owners were lovely.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Angela, we are disappointed to read your review. Having done this tour myself previously to working here, I am very surprised that you were underwhelmed by the tour! It is a long day as you are travelling out to the Outback for the day and there are many other activities than just the caves portion of the tour. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your lunch and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Cairns.
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, Mar 2020
A fun day filled with a lot of Information, several great stops/destinations and opportunities to see the natural beauty and wildlife. All led by a very entertaining, polite and knowledgeable guide.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Hi Edward, we are so happy to hear you had a great time! Hope to see you again.
A fun day from Cairns, it is...
Steven M
, May 2018
A fun day from Cairns, it is interesting to see the difference in the landscape a couple hours away. Our tour guide Fin was a little on the crazy side, but it was a fun interesting crazy. He was able to talk all day about the plant and animal life as well as aboriginal culture. the cave was nice to see, nothing new if you have been in caves before. Lunch was good, a big old burger in a tiny old mining town. We were able to see a lot of different Australian animals throughout the day and of course topped that all off with a trip to hand feed the Wallabies, definitely an unforgettable experience.
This was a jampacked day. Our guide...
Sam L
, Jan 2018
This was a jampacked day. Our guide - Fin- drove expertly over quite bumpy roads. This helps you get a real feel of the outback. The place where we stopped for tea and biscuits was so calm and inviting. The boatride gave us some amazing photographs and videos. We had requested for a vegetarian option for lunch and we got some amazing vege BBQ burgers. It was a relaxing time at lunch. The caves themselves were the best part of the tour. We had a wondeful guide who walked us through the caves and explained everything patiently to all present. One minus to note was that we weren't taken to the distillery on the way back. That bit would have been an excellent activity to end the perfect day.
I loved this trip. One of the most...
Vanja Radisic
, Dec 2017
I loved this trip. One of the most amazing trips Ive done, and Ive done a few. Its a long drive but totally worth it.
The guide was very knowledgeable and...
William O
, Oct 2017
The guide was very knowledgeable and made the long trip very entertaining. This was one of the highlights of our trip to Australia. We would recommend this trip for a chance to see the outback and the beautiful Chillagoe caves.
Long day - lots of driving over very...
Timothy P
, Jul 2017
Long day - lots of driving over very bumpy roads does give a sense of real back country. Stop for tea and quiet boat ride was timely and interesting be sure to take the short walk down the trail to see the huge metal statue - very unusual!. Lunch stop was fine BBQ hamburgers and again timely in terms of providing a break from the long drive. Cave stop was the highlight - we spent just the right amount of time walking through the caves and hearing all about them. Disappointed that we didn't actually stop at the distillery on the way back - tour guide said that the stop was no longer included on the the trip back to the hotel felt like it took forever.
Caves were beautiful, but since it was...
, Jan 2017
Caves were beautiful, but since it was the wet season they were a bit slippery.
Finlay was a fantastic guide. This...
, Oct 2016
Finlay was a fantastic guide. This surpassed our expectations. The kids (10 and 7) were really good because Fin kept up the commentary and a smooth safe drive. Enormous amount of interesting local knowledge, Finlay was the best tour guide I've encountered. The lady in the office was also super nice!
This trip was absolutely made by our...
Rob A
, Aug 2016
This trip was absolutely made by our tour guide who had a wealth of information and was very engaging. The trip and the caves were interesting and it was good to see another side of Oz on our short trip to Cairns

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