Tour ID: 10010265
This is a tour for nature lovers. It is guided by a passionate naturalist who loves showing off this ancient and fascinating land. On this day tour you will get to explore a cave, travel through historical towns and the outback and also get to feed wallabies! A day not to be missed.
Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and after introductions all round, we’ll ascend the McAllister Ranges and head west through Mareeba embarking on a remarkable journey back to prehistoric times, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Our first stop is Dimbulah for morning tea. From here we travel through the back blocks of this wetland area viewing wallabies, emus and other wildlife and then along the irrigated agricultural paddocks of this fertile area, eventually crossing over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed. Travel through historical towns and rolling hills rich in minerals eventually giving way to towering limestone karsts scattered around Chillagoe.
Here we delve into the history of the 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 and scrumptious salad before setting off for our National Parks cave tour. The fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs with hidden limestone labyrinths give a portal to a lost world just like our own Great Barrier Reef. Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations are nothing short of spectacular.
After the cave tour, we head back towards the east coast with a stop at Granite Gorge to feed the wallabies. The tour then returns back down the range to Cairns.
A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour as there are steps into the caves.
The tour may be closed or itinerary changed due to the wet season where conditions may close roads and access to the caves.
• Afternoon tea and drinks
• Personal Expenses
. Transfers from Ellis Beach, Thala Beach and Port Douglas transfers are an additional cost of $95.00pp return transfer.
Naturalist guide, Courtesy pick-up and return from Cairns & Cairns Northern Beaches area, Air-conditioned 4wd vehicles, Morning Tea, Delicious Aussie lunch, tour of Chillagoe cave, Chillagoe Smelters, Granite Gorge to feed wallabies. The ultimate day in the outback.
7:00 AM Mon, Wed, Fri
6.30pm to Cairns, 6pm to Northern Beaches and 7pm to Port Douglas.
Cairns, Port Douglas, Mareeba, Palm Cove, Kuranda, Cairns Beaches, Trinity Beach, Thala Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Lake Placid, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach, Machans Beach and Holloways Beach
Courtesy pick up from accommodation in Cairns City and Cairns Northern Beaches is included. Pick ups will generally be before the departure time of 7.00am from Cairns, 7.35am from the Northern Beaches.
Pick up from Port Douglas accommodation is available at approximately 6am, for an additional charge of $95 per person which is payable to the driver on the day of the tour.
Please advise accommodation details at time of booking.
Closed in footwear, hat, comfortable clothing, sunscreen, a camera, water bottle for the cave walk.
Children aged 0-14 yrs, infants included. Infants will be in a baby seat, supplied by operator.
Family price applies to 2 adults and 2 children up to the age of 14 years. Additional children may be added to the family at a special price in the booking form.
Morning tea consists of tea/coffee/cakes and sausages
Pub lunch is included and Tropical fruit tasting in the afternoon
Mareeba and Chillagoe
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