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Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns
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Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns

By Billy Tea Safaris
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About
Benefit from personalized attention on an all-inclusive small-group tour through Tropical North Queensland to Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park. Ride in a rugged 4WD vehicle from Cairns to attractions including Chillagoe Caves and Granite Gorge, and cross the McAllister Ranges and the Great Dividing Range en route. Look for kangaroos and other native Australian wildlife, see historic mining towns, and stop for morning tea and a pub lunch.
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Ages 0-99, max of 14 per group
Duration: 11h 30m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Includes morning tea, lunch, park admission fees, and cave tour
  • Travel in an air-conditioned 4-wheel drive vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off provided from Cairns
  • A small group means more attention from your guide

  • Return transfers wtih local driver guide and live commentary
  • Lunch at a 100-year-old Aussie pub
  • Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park Tour
  • 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
What's not included
  • Port Douglas & Northern Beaches transfers additional cost (contact reservations)


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3063CHILOBT

        • 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 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

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

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        Always-in-the-Sun
        St. Croix13 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2020
        My wife and I booked this tour and enjoyed every minute of it. Every bit of the journey was wonderful. The drive was long, but it allowed you to see a great deal of this area and how the landscape changes, agriculture, and history. Though the caves were the highlight of the trip, the other stops along the way were equally as interesting.

        Our Guide did a great job explaining things and ensuring that the group was well hydrated and taken care of. We highly recommend the tour.

        Be sure to bring a seat cushion, the seats are not very comfortable. Not sure the owners of the tour have ever sat in the back, also if you are in the very back seats, you may miss a good portion of the driver sharing information, as there are no speakers in the rear of the bus.
        Written February 14, 2020
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        Hi there, thanks for your review, we are glad to hear you had a great time! We most certainly look after all of our busses with ongoing maintenance and full maintenance completed every year.
        Written February 17, 2020
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        Tanya M
        Townsville, Australia26 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2023 • Solo
        What a Fantastic way to see Chillagoe! Mark our tour leader did a wonderful job driving the 4x4 through some rough and boggy tracks, teaching is about the history and showing us all that was there to offer! Lunch was delicious, caves were just incredible! End of the day was topped off with some pats with some friendly wallabies. Absolutely loved it!!!
        Written March 1, 2023
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        Angela
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2021 • Family
        Our guide Hirani was very informative and she made the long journey to the caves pass quickly with her entertaining and funny stories. We had many stops along the way to break up the long journey.
        The caves were amazing and definitely the highlight of the day trip. However after spending such a long time driving there I was disappointed we only got one hour to explore a portion of only one of the three caves in the area. I would have happily missed all the other activities to spend more time at the caves.
        For those wishing to explore all three caves, this is not the tour for you. Otherwise most of the activities included were enjoyable especially feeding the rock wallabies at Granite Gorge.
        Written July 20, 2021
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        Hi Angela, we are sorry to read you didn't feel like you had enough time in the caves. Everything is clearly stated in the tours itinerary. Hopefully you get another chance to visit and spend as much time as you'd like! Thank you so much for choosing to join us on this adventure, we are definitely glad you enjoyed the Rock Wallabies and granite Gorge
        Written December 3, 2021
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        regina c
        Philadelphia, PA1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2024 • Couples
        We had a really fun day with Billy Tea Safaris on the Chillagoe Caves and Outback tour. Our guide (Gavin) was great. We made several interesting stops during the day which really added to the enjoyment. Gavin shared lots of fun information along the way and made sure everyone was comfortable and enjoying themselves. He even went out of his way to make sure we saw a "mob" of kangaroo up close. This tour is a full day out of Cairns and well worth it. Highly recommend it and this company.
        Written April 1, 2024
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        Anon632016
        Torquay, UK2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sep 2023 • Family
        Our tour guide 'Gav' was extremely approachable, entertaining, engaging, informative and knowledgeable. The day was well planned and pitched at the abilities of the individual also taking into consideration the ages and welfare of all. We managed to see lots of things that we wouldn't have managed ourselves in a few days let alone one. The trip brought home some of the hardship of days gone by and how much toil was involved in creating some sort of infrastructure to access raw minerals, we had an insight into indigenous lives and cultures, natural wonders and iconic wildlife. Vehicle comfortable complete with some good ol' Aussie 'toons' from John Williamson to ACDC! Plenty of stops including a lovely brekkie stop at the coffee plantation and typical pub lunch. Would definitely recommend it to others and hopefully will experience one of the other trips when we manage to visit the land down under in the future
        Written October 1, 2023
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        Mark W
        Greater Sydney, Australia13 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2023 • Family
        We were booked on the Rainforest tour but it was cancelled due to the recent storms. We were offered this Outback Tour which was a pleasant surprise. Our guide Rowan l, was excellent and the tour was very interesting. Seeing the gradual change in countryside from the tropics to the inland areas was great. The old mining town, caves, Balancing Tock and Granite Gorge were excellent.
        Written December 30, 2023
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        Carol R
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2024 • Solo
        Gus was the most informative guide.
        He was knowledgeable about everything we saw, flora, fauna and buildings. He identified animal footprints. Explained about aboriginal culture and traditions ,told stories of their beliefs.
        He had great anecdotes throughout the day.
        Would do this tour again, truck was comfortable.
        Written February 14, 2024
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        debbie w
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2022 • Couples
        All...it was a good experience,our driver was brilliant, full of humour and knowledge of the local area. Although a hot day he anticipated our needs well. His time management was spot on and the places we visited were well worth it.
        Written December 6, 2022
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        pmurphy67
        Minnesota72 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2024 • Couples
        We booked the Outback trip late in our trip planning and solely based on the great reviews as a fun, and away from the water excursion. Billy Tea did not disappoint. We had a great time, our guide was knowledgeable and funny, the stops were informal and fun, we saw and learned a lot. This is a great way to experience the other side (inside) of NE Australia when visiting the costal towns and reef
        Written March 13, 2024
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        Karen B
        24 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        This was an excellent day and the caves were spectacular. Good amount of time in cave with guide. Other stops good too with commentary in between. Loved getting up close with the rock wallabies. Comfy ride so could snooze or read between stops.
        Written August 18, 2023
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