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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.Along the way, we will stop for morning tea (Tea, Coffee & cake and sausage rolls).
After morning tea, 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. (We use a wet weather alternate when the wetlands access is flooded) Travel through historical towns and rolling hills rich in minerals eventually giving way to towering limestone karsts scattered around Chillagoe.
We embark on the National Parks Cave Tour to see fossilised remains of the ancient coral reefs with hidden limestone labyrinths. The fossilized 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. Now it’s time for a wonderful Aussie pub lunch.
After lunch, we will visit a local souvenir shop and head back towards the east coast, stopping at Granite Gorge where we can feed wallabies.
The tour ends with a return drive down the range to Cairns.
Note: The tour may be closed or itinerary changed due to the wet season where conditions may close roads and access to the caves.
Lunch at an Aussie pub
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
National Park Cave and Smelter Tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off (Cairns area only)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Please wear closed-toe shoe and bring a light jacket or sweater
A reasonable level of fitness is required, as there are steps and uneven terrain leading into the caves