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Billy Tea Safaris - Chillagoe & Outback

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FROM: $205

Departure Times

Departs: 7:00 am - Mon, Wed & Fri
Returns: 6:30 pm - Mon, Wed & Fri

Pricing Options

$205 AUD per Person - Adult (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 31 Mar 2020)
$175 AUD per Person - Child (0-14 yrs) (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 31 Mar 2020)
$695 AUD per Person - Family (2AD + 2CH) (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 01 Apr 2020)

Join us for a unique and fun tour of the interesting Chillagoe Outback...

Billy Tea Safaris is a family owned company offering personalised day tours to the interesting Chillagoe Outback, in comfortable air conditioned 4WD buses. With only 16 passengers on board and an experienced Naturalist guide showing you the best of this World class area, you won't be disappointed in getting to explore this amazing part of Australia 

Billy Tea Safaris offers guests the chance to see the Chillagoe Rainforest in custom built 4WD vehicles, where they can ride around in comfort, enjoying the sites. Your naturalist guides have extensive knowledge of the flora, fauna and history of the area as well as Aboriginal culture, ensuring your day leaves you with memories to last a lifetime.

The Chillagoe Caves & Outback Tour Features: 

  • Informative naturalist tour guide
  • Small group tour in a premium 4WD
  • Explore the famous Chillagoe Caves
  • Drive past diverse dry tropical farmlands
  • Visit the local Aboriginal rock art and Balancing Rock
  • Feed the wallabies Granite Gorge and see local wildlife
  • Spot kangaroos, emus, wallabies, wedge-tail eagles in the outback
  • Pass through historic mining ghost towns and outback communities
  • Find fossils in ancient limestone casts at Chillagoe
  • View the once booming Chillagoe smelter ruins
  • Morning Tea at Skybury Coffee Plantation
  • Local Chillagoe Gift shop is a must see!

Sample Itinerary

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 for morning tea (Coffee & Cake). From here we travel through the back blocks of this wetland area viewing wallabies, emus and other wildlife and then along the irrigated agricultural paddocks of this fertile area, eventually crossing over the Great Divide 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.

Our first stop is the National Parks Cave tour. The fossilised remains of the ancient coral reefs with hidden limestone labyrinths give a portal to a lost world just like our own Great Barrier Reef. Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations are nothing short of spectacular. We then 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, visit Aboriginal Rock Art and then it's time for an Aussie pub lunch. After lunch and a visit to the local souvenir shop, we head back towards the east coast, stopping at Granite Gorge where we can feed wallabies and hold other indigenous animals. The tour then returns down the range to Cairns.


Cairns at 7:00am approx.
Northern Beaches at 7:35am approx.
Port Douglas at 6:00am* approx.

Cairns at 6:30pm approx.
Northern Beaches at 6:00pm approx.
Port Douglas at 7:00pm* approx.

*Port Douglas transfers are an additional cost. 

A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour as there are steps into the caves, uneven ground. The tour may be closed or itinerary changed due to the wet season where conditions may close roads and access to the caves. Please ensure that you wear closed in footwear for the cave tour. Flip flops and high heels are not suitable for this tour.


What To Bring

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and pack a small day bag with swimwear, towel, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater (for colder months) camera, water bottle and cash for additional drinks and snacks.

What's Included

- Environmentalist driver guide
- Courtesy pick-up/drop-off (Cairns to Smithfield)
- Custom-built, high clearance, air-conditioned 4WD's
- Morning tea and delicious Aussie lunch
- National Park Ranger and guided Chillagoe Cave Tour

What's Extra

- Personal expenses
- Transfer from Port Douglas with an additional cost of $99.00 per person payable to guide on board.
- Environmental & fuel levy may apply.

Terms and Conditions

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Tour Operator. 
It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to actions of our clients which are beyond our control. 
We recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel 
on the confirmed date of departure. Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 2.5% surcharge for VISA, MASTERCARD and AMEX card purchases.


All client cancellations forfeit 25% of total ticket price and all client cancellations made less than 21 days prior to departure will result in complete forfeiture of the full price of the tour or package. If the tour operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to the departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

Thank you for booking with Mr Travel If you would like any advice or assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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