Billy Tea Safaris - Chillagoe Caves & Outback Experience

Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and after introductions all round, we'll ascend the McAllister Ranges and head west through Mareeba embarking on a remarkable journey back to prehistoric times, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Our first stop is Mareeba Welands for morning tea and a twenty minute cruise in an environmentally friendly and quiet electric boat. From here we travel through the back blocks of this wetland area viewing wallabies, emus and other wildlife and then along the agricutural paddocks of this fertile area, eventually crossing over the Great Dvidie and into the Western watershed. Travel through historical towns and rolling hills rich in minerals eventually giving way to towering limestone karsts scattered around Chillagoe.

Here we delve into the history of the copper smelters, whose old chimneys dominate the western horizon. We visit the remains of the once mighty smelters to ponder what it was like working there...Now it's time for a wonderful lunch and scrumptious salad before setting off for our National Parks cave tour. The fossilized remains of the ancient coral reef with hidden limestone formations are nothing short of spectacular.

After the cave tour, we head back towards the east coast, stopping at Mt Uncle Distillery for a choice of delicious coffee, teas and scones and possibly a wine or beer at Bridges Cafe (at own expense). You may also wish to try the Spirit and Liqueur Tasting, from the only Distillery north of Bundaberg. (at own expense). This is all in the beautiful surrounding and backdrop of Mt Uncle. The tour then returns back down the range arriving back in Cairns at approximately 6.30pm.


  • Naturalist guide
  • Courtesy pick-up and return
  • Air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • Mareeba Wetlands
  • Morning Tea
  • Delicious Aussie Lunch
  • Tour of Chillagoe cave
  • Chillagoe Smelters
  • The ultimate day in the Outback

Rates & Availability

Period Adults Children Families Option
1 Apr 2017 – 31 Mar 2018 $240.00 $185.00 $705.00
Optional Extras: An additional cost for transfers from Northern Beaches & Port Douglas will apply.
Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices are subject to change without notice.

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