Tour ID: 10010265

This is the only Outback Tour from Cairns! On this full day tour you will get to explore the Chillagoe Caves, travel through historical towns and the outback and also get up close to wallabies! And it’s fully guided by a passionate naturalist who loves showing off this ancient and fascinating land. A day not to be missed.

  • Travel through historical towns
  • Drive through the outback
  • Tour the Chillago caves
  • Feed the wallabies 
  • Enjoy a great lunch
  • Expert guide 

Explore the Chillagoe Caves, Granite Gorge and other highlights of Tropical North Queensland on this full-day tour from Cairns.

Your day begins with a pick up by your friendly accredited guide in a custom-built air-conditioned 4WD vehicle. After introductions and getting to know your fellow passengers for the day, we’ll ascend the McAllister Ranges looking for many different species of bush birds, including emus, wedge-tail eagles, squatter pigeons, kangaroos and frilled neck lizards along the way to your first stop at Skybury Coffee Plantation in Mareeba for morning tea.

Travel out to Chillagoe while listening to the informative commentary by your guide who will share information about the region's wildlife, history, and aboriginal culture. Explore the Chillagoe-Mungaga Caves National Park with an expert local guide, travel through historic mining towns and small outback communities, see the Chillagoe Smelter Ruins, visit Balancing Rock for an amazing photo opportunity, see and learn about aboriginal rock art and visit Granite Gorge to see the wallabies. You'll also be treated to an Aussie outback pub lunch and tropical fruit tastings for afternoon tea.

The tour runs Mondays and Fridays.

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    Small-group day tour in a luxury 4WD
    Travel off the beaten track down exclusive 4WD backroads
    Morning tea Skybury Coffee Plantation with local coffee or tea, and a snack
    Spot kangaroos, emus, wallabies, wedge-tail eagles (wildlife galore!)
    Visit the Balancing Rock for a photo opportunity
    See some Aboriginal Rock Art and learn about local Dreamtime stories
    Visit the Chillagoe Smelter Ruins
    Explore the famous Chillagoe Caves with a local expert guide
    Find fossils in ancient limestone casts at Chillagoe
    Enjoy an Aussie Outback lunch in the 100-year-old local pub in Chillagoe
    Visit the wallabies at Granite Gorge and see local wildlife
    Enjoy a tropical fruit tasting
    Pass through historic mining ghost towns & small outback communities

  • Available for purchase/hire:

    Refreshments and alcohol not listed in inclusions.

  • Duration:


  • Departure:

    7:00 AM Mon, Wed, Fri

  • Return:

    6.30pm to Cairns, 7pm to Northern Beaches and 7.30pm to Port Douglas.

  • Departure points:

    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

  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    - Southside accommodation: pick up 6.40am

    - Cairns City accommodation: pick up between 6.45am – 7am

    - Northern Beaches accommodation: International Coaches will pick you up approximately 6.45am and transfer you to Canopys Edge Bus Stop in Smithfield where you will be picked up by your Billy Tea guide. This is included in your ticket. You will be returned to Canopys Edge Bus Stop in Smithfield approximately 6.30pm where you will be picked up by International Coaches for your return back to the Northern Beaches.

    - Port Douglas accommodation: this is an additional cost of $87 per person (minimum of 2 people). International Coaches will pick you up between 6am - 6.15am and transfer you to the bottom of the Kuranda range where you will be picked up by your Billy Tea guide.

    Please ensure you are on time for your hotel pickup! If you are not on time, you may miss your pickup which will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Please note all times are approximate.

  • What to bring:

    Closed in footwear, hat, comfortable clothing, sunscreen, a camera, water bottle for the cave walk.

  • Fitness level required:


  • Child policies:

    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.

  • Additional Information:

    All dietary requirements must be notified at time of reservation, or 48 hours notice we can cater for vegetarians.

  • Destinations:

    Mareeba and Chillagoe

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