Explore the Chillagoe Caves, Granite Gorge and other highlights of Tropical North Queensland on this full-day tour from Cairns.
Billy Tea Safaris Explores the amazing Chillagoe Caves, Granite Gorge and other highlights of Tropical North Queensland on this full-day tour from Cairns.
Firstly 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 lunch at a 100-year-old Aussie Outback pub.
Courtesy pick up and drop off (note Port Douglas is an additional cost). Board the custom-built 4WD vehicle and travel spotting wallabies, emus, and other wildlife.
And then along the agricultural paddocks of this fertile area, where you will have a chance to see, Paw Paw, Lychee, Longen, Mangoes, just to name a few. Eventually crossing over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed. We are now in the Australian Outback.
Enjoy a coffee or tea and a morning snack (such as scones, jam and cream, and tropical fruit) while enjoying the balcony views.
Take a step back in time and be inspired by the knowledge of your guide as he explains about the fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs. Some 400 – 420 million years old, with hidden limestone labyrinths gives a portal to a lost world.
Just like our own Great Barrier Reef. This was once the inland sea. Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations and Chillagoe-Munagana Caves are nothing short of spectacular.
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.
Above all a true Australian Outback Pub built back at the turn of the century! There is time to visit the unique gift shop in Chillagoe. Specialising in Chillagoe marble and local Aboriginal art.
An iconic photo opportunity!
In addition learn about some Dreamtime stories.
Finally get up close and personal with these local rock wallabies at Granite Gorge National Park and have time to explore this National Park before making your way home.
Please note: itineraries may be changed, operate in a different order or some destinations may not be reached at the discretion of Billy Tea Safaris guide on the day due to weather, possible road closures and for the safety of all passengers.
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