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Cairns only Outback in a Day Tour! Explore the Chillagoe Caves, Granite Gorge and other highlights of Tropical North Queensland on this full-day tour from Cairns.

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Departs from: approximately 6.30am from Cairns, Palm Cove, Beaches and Port Douglas. (note: Port Douglas transfers an additional $82pp min. 2 passengers)

Returns: approximately 6pm

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Highlights of your day tour to the Outback and Chillagoe Caves from Cairns and Port Douglas:

$195 Adults | $125 Child | $600 Family 2 Adults, 2 Children (additional child $100)


Your day starts by being met by your local eco-accredited guide for the day. Once all your group have been picked up it's off to the Outback, spotting wildlife along the way!

Skybury Coffee Plantation:
First stop is the picturesque Skybury Coffee Plantation for morning tea. The perfect mid-morning pick-me-up! Sit back and relax with your group as you sip on local coffee and tea and enjoy a delicious sweet treat. Explore the gift shop and historical coffee machinery and take in the breathtaking views.

Chillagoe Caves:
Now that you are caffeinated and happy, we head to the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park where you will be met by a local guide for your Chillagoe Caves tour. Take a step back in time and be inspired by the knowledge of your guide as you learn all about these fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs some 400 - 420 million years old! 

Chillagoe Smelter Ruins:
Here we delve into the history of the historic Chillagoe Copper Smelters.

Balancing Rock:
Go on a walk through the rock formations to Balancing Rock for an iconic photo opportunity. Balancing Rock is a spectacular limestone outcrop.

Aboriginal Rock Art: 
See Aboriginal Rock Art with your guide.

Get your Aussie on, at this 100-year-old classic Aussie Pub for lunch. Enjoy a main meal and a beverage and write a message on the pub wall!

Granite Gorge: 
Explore Granite Gorge Nature Park and get up close to wallabies and see them in their natural habitat.

Pick up and Return Times:

  • Southside accommodation: pick up 6.40am, return 6.30pm - 7pm
  • Cairns City accommodation: pick up between 6.45am – 7am, return 6.30pm - 7pm
  • Northern Beaches accommodation: International Coaches will pick you up approximately 6.45am and transfer you to Canopys Edge Bus Stop in Smithfield where you will be picked up by your Billy Tea guide. This is included in your ticket. You will be returned to Canopys Edge Bus Stop in Smithfield approximately 6.30pm where you will be picked up by International Coaches for your return back to the Northern Beaches.
  • Port Douglas accommodation: this is an additional cost of $82 per person (minimum of 2 people). International Coaches will pick you up between 6am - 6.15am and transfer you to the bottom of the Kuranda range where you will be picked up by your Billy Tea guide. Returns between 7pm - 7.30pm.


What's included?

  • Small-group day tour in a luxury 4WD travelling off the beaten track down exclusive 4WD backroads
  • Morning tea Skybury Coffee Plantation with local coffee or tea, and a snack
  • Spot kangaroos, emus, wallabies, wedge-tail eagles (wildlife galore!)
  • Visit the Balancing Rock for a photo opportunity
  • See some Aboriginal Rock Art and learn about local Dreamtime stories
  • Visit the Chillagoe Smelter Ruins
  • Explore the famous Chillagoe Caves with a local expert guide who will share stories and local history of the area
  • Find fossils in ancient limestone casts at Chillagoe
  • Enjoy an Aussie Outback lunch in the 100-year-old local pub in Chillagoe
  • Visit the wallabies at Granite Gorge and see local wildlife
  • Pass through historic mining ghost towns & small outback communities

What to bring

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Extra cash for cold drinks, souvenirs or an ice-cream

What to wear:

As we are in a tropical environment, wear 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.

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