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Travel off the beaten track and embark on a journey into the true Aussie outback. Pass by mountainous ranges to the vast expanse of the outback as you arrive at the Chillagoe Caves, majestic limestone towers, and caverns. Visit Balancing Rock, Granite Gorge, and enjoy lunch at a 100-year old pub.
After a complimentary pickup from your accommodation in a custom-built 4WD, ascend the McAllister Ranges and be taken on a beautiful journey through diverse landscapes, from lush mountains to the raw Australian outback. Along the way, make sure to keep watch for wallabies, emus, and other native wildlife that frequent the route. Pass by rolling agricultural paddocks, brimming with paw paw, lychee and mangoes before crossing over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed. The first stop is Skybury Coffee for a delightful morning tea featuring local tea or coffee, scones, and tropical fruit and soak up the sweeping views of the countryside from the deck. Continue the journey past historical towns to the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park, home to spectacular limestone towers and underground caves. Immerse yourself in rich history as you explore the caves with a local guide and learn about the fossilised remains of the ancient coral reefs, some 420 million years old.
The next stop on the agenda is the Chillagoe Smelter Ruins, a heritage-listed refinery. Learn about the history of the Chillagoe copper smelters, whose old chimneys dominate the western horizons, and visit the remains of the once-mighty smelters to understand what life may have looked like working there. Then it's time to dig into a true Aussie meal at a century-old pub, before visiting a quaint gift shop filled with Chillagoe marble and local Aboriginal art. Visit Balancing Rock for an iconic photo opportunity and ogle at stunning Aboriginal art. Round out the tour with a stop at Granite Gorge to get up close and personal to adorable rock wallabies followed by a tropical fruit tasting prepared by your guide.
This experience is approximately 10 hours in duration, operating every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:
This experience runs with a maximum of 17 participants.
Itineraries may be changed, operate in a different order or some destinations may not be reached at the discretion of the provider guide on the day due to weather, possible road closures and for the safety of all passengers.
Comfortable clothes and flat closed in shoes - no thongs (flip flops) and no high heels! If you do not have closed in shoes you may not be allowed in the Caves due to safety reasons and the decision of National Parks. In winter you will need to take a light coat.
You will need to be reasonably fit as there are stairs, some uneven ground and will take an hour to walk through the cave system at a slow pace.
This experience takes place around Chillagoe, departing Cairns, QLD.