• Location: Cairns, Australia
  • Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Discover the natural wonders of Tropical North Queensland on a full-day tour to Chillagoe Caves and Granite Gorge. Travel from Cairns by rugged 4WD vehicle with a naturalist guide, passing over the McAllister Ranges and the Great Dividing Range as you explore the Australian Outback. Visit Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park, drive near the wetlands to spot Australian native wildlife and stop by historic mining towns. Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, with morning tea and a pub lunch included.


  • Chillagoe Caves and Australian Outback day trip from Cairns
  • Tour of Chilagoe Caves and see fossilised remains on ancient coral reefs
  • See Aboriginal Rock Art in Chillagoe
  • Tour of the Smelters and visit Granite Gorge
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 participants ensures a more personalized experience
  • Morning tea and lunch included

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Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns

Chillagoe Caves

Customer Reviews

Vanja Radisic Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I loved this trip. One of the most amazing trips Ive done, and Ive done a few. Its a long drive but totally worth it.

William O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The guide was very knowledgeable and made the long trip very entertaining. This was one of the highlights of our trip to Australia. We would recommend this trip for a chance to see the outback and the beautiful Chillagoe caves.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Caves were beautiful, but since it was the wet season they were a bit slippery.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Finlay was a fantastic guide. This surpassed our expectations. The kids (10 and 7) were really good because Fin kept up the commentary and a smooth safe drive. Enormous amount of interesting local knowledge, Finlay was the best tour guide I and #39;ve encountered. The lady in the office was also super nice!

Rob A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This trip was absolutely made by our tour guide who had a wealth of information and was very engaging. The trip and the caves were interesting and it was good to see another side of Oz on our short trip to Cairns

Steven M

4 star rating: Recommended May 2018

A fun day from Cairns, it is interesting to see the difference in the landscape a couple hours away. Our tour guide Fin was a little on the crazy side, but it was a fun interesting crazy. He was able to talk all day about the plant and animal life as well as aboriginal culture. the cave was nice to see, nothing new if you have been in caves before. Lunch was good, a big old burger in a tiny old mining town. We were able to see a lot of different Australian animals throughout the day and of course topped that all off with a trip to hand feed the Wallabies, definitely an unforgettable experience.

Sam L

4 star rating: Recommended January 2018

This was a jampacked day. Our guide - Fin- drove expertly over quite bumpy roads. This helps you get a real feel of the outback.

The place where we stopped for tea and biscuits was so calm and inviting. The boatride gave us some amazing photographs and videos.

We had requested for a vegetarian option for lunch and we got some amazing vege BBQ burgers. It was a relaxing time at lunch.

The caves themselves were the best part of the tour. We had a wondeful guide who walked us through the caves and explained everything patiently to all present.

One minus to note was that we weren't taken to the distillery on the way back. That bit would have been an excellent activity to end the perfect day.

Timothy P

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2017

Long day - lots of driving over very bumpy roads does give a sense of real back country.

Stop for tea and quiet boat ride was timely and interesting be sure to take the short walk down the trail to see the huge metal statue - very unusual!.

Lunch stop was fine BBQ hamburgers and again timely in terms of providing a break from the long drive.

Cave stop was the highlight - we spent just the right amount of time walking through the caves and hearing all about them.

Disappointed that we didn't actually stop at the distillery on the way back - tour guide said that the stop was no longer included on the tour...so the trip back to the hotel felt like it took forever.

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