Venture to the heart of the outback on this private full-day aerial tour from Cairns and enjoy spectacular aerial views over the Atherton Tablelands and Great Barrier Reef. Stop along the way to explore the fascinating Chillagoe caves, visit the historic Chillagoe Smelters, and marvel at the Undara Lava Tubes.
Full-day private aerial tour to the Chillagoe and Undara caves from Cairns
Enjoy spectacular aerial views of outback Queensland on-board a private plane
Venture underground to explore the Chillagoe caves and the Undara lava tubes
Soar along the coast and marvel at the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef from above
Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, entrance fees, and round-trip transport
Private tour for up to four people ensures a personalised experience
Your tour begins with an early morning pick-up from your central Cairns hotel and a short transfer to Cairns Airport. After meeting your guide and boarding your private plane, take off over Cairns and gaze down over the outback as you journey to Chillagoe.
After around half an hour in the air, look out for the jagged black rocks looming on the horizon as you descend into Chillagoe. Upon touchdown, you’ll be met by a Park Ranger and set off on a tour of the Donna Cave. Marvel at the labyrinth of underground passageways, stretching over 2,723 feet (830 meters) and adorned with spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.
Emerging once again into the daylight, you'll also have time to admire the landmark ‘balancing rock’ and discover Australia's mining past with a visit to the Chillagoe Smelters, before climbing back aboard your plane.
Continue to nearby Undara, around half an hour’s flight away, where you’ll make a second stop to explore the Undara Lava Tubes. Immerse yourself in the unique landscapes as you take a guided walk through the lava tubes; learn how the geological wonder was created by volcanic activity millions of years ago; and discover the unusual ecosystem of the sunken rainforest that has sprung up around the caves.
Back on the plane, take the scenic route back to Cairns, passing over the rolling peaks and patchwork farmlands of the Atherton Tablelands, then swooping along the coast to enjoy dazzling views over the islands and reefs of the Great Barrier Reef.
After a full-day adventure, return to Cairns Airport, where a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.