1 Day Chillagoe - Aussie Outback 4WD Tour
Explore the Chillagoe Caves, Granite Gorge and other highlights of Tropical North Queensland on this full-day tour from Cairns.
Stop 1: Skybury Coffee Plantation for Morning Tea - enjoy a coffee or tea and a morning snack (such as scones, jam and cream, and tropical fruit) while enjoying the balcony views.
Stop 2: Private local ranger-guided Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park Tour - take a step back in time and be inspired by the knowledge of your guide as he explains about the fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs some 400 - 420 million years old, with hidden limestone labyrinths give a portal to a lost world just like our own Great Barrier Reef. This was once the inland sea. Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations and Chillagoe-Munagana Caves are nothing short of spectacular.
Stop 3: Chillagoe Smelter Ruins - here we delve into the history of the Chillagoe 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.
Stop 4: Aussie lunch at Chillagoe's 100-year-old pub - a true Australian Outback Pub built at the turn of the century! There is time to visit the unique gift shop in Chillagoe, which specialises in Chillagoe marble and local Aboriginal art.
Stop 5: Visit Balancing Rock for an iconic photo opportunity!
Stop 6: See Aboriginal Rock Art and learn about some Dreamtime stories.
Stop 7: Visit Granite Gorge to see the wallabies - get up close and personal with these local rock wallabies at Granite Gorge National Park and have time to explore this National Park before making your way home.
There are also stairs to climb to get into the caves. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour. It is not suitable for people with mobility issues or wheelchairs
Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Itinerary may be subject to change due to weather conditions in the wet season. Tour is only available from Cairns. Tour Operator will provide Baby Seats or Booster Seats. Please advise upon booking; all children up to 7 years.
Please note: Itineraries may be changed or operated in a different order, or some destinations may not be reached at the discretion of Billy Tea Safaris' guide during the day due to weather and possible road closures, and for the safety of all passengers.
Departs 7am - 6pm
Join this small-group tour in a luxury 4WD, enjoy morning tea at Skybury Coffee Plantation in Mareeba, spot kangaroos, emus, wildlife galore! Drive past diverse dry tropical farmlands. Pass through historic mining ghost towns and small outback communities. Visit the local Aboriginal Rock Art and Balancing Rock with local Chillagoe Gift Shop is a must-see! Explore the famous Chillagoe Caves, view the once-booming Chillagoe smelter ruins, enjoy an Outback Aussie lunch in a 100-year-old pub.
45 minute Reef-Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flight
The most popular scenic flight combines 30-minute Great Barrier Reef scenic with an additional 15 minute bird's eye view of the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest on earth. Commencing over the reef, we cross back over the coast near Double Island and the resort township of Palm Cove before ascending the coastal rainforest-clad mountains into the heart of the Barron Gorge National Park.
This is the only place on earth where two World Heritage Listed icons exist side by side. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef & Wet Tropical Rainforest. The sheer scale and beauty of these incredible natural assets must be seen from the air! You will be amazed by the stunning blue and green hues of these pristine coral sea waters and their thriving coral gardens. This flight includes incredible photo opportunities of picturesque Green Island, Arlington Reef and Upolu Sand Cay. Many of the larger marine species can be most easily spotted from the air. Inflight sightings have included Sea Turtles, Sharks, Manta Rays, Dolphins, Dugong and even majestic Humpback Whales (Jul-Sep) during their annual migration from Antarctica, stopping by briefly to give birth and raise their calves in our warm tropical waters.
Please note flights operate with a minimum of 2 people - Solo traveller bookings are accepted and will be confirmed once minimum numbers are reached. Please note the tour is subject to availability at the time of booking. Please make your way to The Cairns Pier Heliport -30 minutes before your flight.
Outback Tasting Tour • Cairns
Departs Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat 7.30am - 5pm
Includes tastings of liqueurs, wine, beer, spirits, cheeses, coffee, chocolate, tropical fruits, nuts, Crocodile, Kangaroo, Red Claw. Includes full breakfast, morning tea, Gourmet lunch, afternoon tea and all tastings.
Stop 1 Lake Barrine National Park & Heritage Tea House
A mere 1 hour drive from Cairns via the scenic Gillies Highway brings you to the cool atmosphere of the Atherton Tablelands, where you will come across a beautiful, enchanting natural lake hidden in World Heritage Rainforest. Lake Barrine is something special as it is actually a water filled crater left by a volcanic eruption approximately 10,000 years ago. Here we sample warm local banana crepes with tropical fruits, Mungali yoghurt, honey and lime and enjoy a special ‘Lake Barrine’ coffee or local tea at the charming 80 year old lakeside teahouse amongst beautiful terraced gardens.
Stop 2: A Rainforest Bounty - Morning tea
Next stop we are heading to the outskirts of the Historic town of Malanda to a private property to taste their signature condiments utilising locally grown Davidson (Ooray) plum, lemon aspen (rainforest citrus), lillypilly (rainforest berries) and rainforest (Boonjie) tamarind in traditional artisanal recipes infused with the unique qualities of Australian rainforest fruits. We also get to taste a native fruit cocktail and whilst overlooking the delightful Johnston River from their River Pavilion.
Stop 3: The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes
The Australian Platypus Park is home to a thriving platypus population. We take a wander down to see these wonderful creatures found in a spring fed pond surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, specially grown in accordance with the natural platypus habitats.
Lunch today is all produced in-house using only the freshest quality ingredients and include a selection of handcrafted smoked products and Crocodile , Red Claw (Yabby)and Kangaroo with fresh local salads topped off with a Tarzali Lakes boutique beer, Dragon Fruit cider, Lemon Myrtle tea and tastings of the Murdering Point Winery range. This menu is EXCLUSIVE to this tour and there is time to purchase some of the smoked products and sauces.
Stop 4 Mungalli Creek Dairy Afternoon tea
In the rolling green hills of the Southern Tablelands, you will find our next stop Mungalli Creek Dairy, North Queensland’s only Biodynamic Farmhouse Cheesery & Cafe.
Enjoy a selection of their delicious produce at the Original family farmhouse Cafe whilst taking in the views of the surrounding rainforest and Mt Battle Frere, Queensland's highest mountain.
Stop 5 The Humpy
Tropical fruit and nut tasting.
The Humpy is the best place to go for freshly harvested Atherton Tablelands produce straight from the growers. Vegetables, tropical fruits and hundreds of different varieties of nuts, dried fruits, locally produced honey, jams and sauces. Here we taste some of the seasonal fruits and hot locally grown peanuts and macadamia nuts. There will be plenty of time to browse this quirky grocery store.
Stop 6 Mount Uncle Distillery
Liquers and Spirit tasting.
Then just down the road we arrive at Australian Distiller of the year 2017, Mount Uncle Distillery, North Queensland’s first and only distillery. Here we taste some of their Award winning liqueurs and spirits.
Then take a wander round this stunning property nestled in coffee and banana plantations, with beautiful gardens and friendly animals
Stop 7 Emerald Creek Icecreamery
Our last stop is the family owned Emerald Creek Ice creamery.
Their Ice-cream is made on-site using pure cream and full cream milk. Sorbets (dairy free, full fruit) also made on-site using local Tablelands fruit.
Set on the balcony of their property we enjoy a cup of Jaques coffee and delicious scones with homemade strawberry and blueberry jam and cream and have a tasting of ice cream or sorbet unique to them.
Cairns Aquarium by Twilight
Available Tues to Sat 3pm - 6:15pm
Aquarium by twilight gives you an insight into the unique changes of the region’s night-time creatures as they move about in the shadows. Witness the predators in the Oceanarium with appetiser and drink in hand, before completing your evening at Dundee’s Restaurant with a perfectly matched 3 course dining experience while enjoying a stunning marine life backdrop.
Looking to relax during the day, maybe by the hotel pool and then enjoy a leisurely afternoon and evening learning about the wide variety of ecosystems from across the local region of Tropical North Queensland, Australia
As the sun sets on North Queensland's mountain ranges, steamy rainforests and shallow reef lagoons begin to stir with life. Nocturnal reptiles, amphibians, insects and fish sense the onset of dusk and emerge from their daytime lairs.
Aquarium by Twilight gives you an insight into the unique changes of the region's night-time creatures as they move about in the shadows. Witness the predators in the Oceanarium with appetisers and drinks in hand before completing your evening at Dundee's Restaurant with a perfectly matched dining experience while enjoying a stunning marine life backdrop.
The Paronella Park Experience
Departs Mon, Tues, Thurs & Sat
11.00am - 9.00pm
Experience a full-day adventure with convenient transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches. Swim and explore the rainforest at Babinda Boulders, enjoy homemade afternoon tea at Etty Bay Beach, and immerse yourself in Paronella Park with admission to the Hydro Station and Evening Orchestral light show. Spot cassowaries and wildlife, indulge in stargazing, and enjoy a pub-style dinner at the Mena Creek Pub.
Departing Cairns at approx 11.15am , we journey south to the Cassowary Coast our first stop at the township of Babinda and to explore the beautiful Babinda Boulders with time for a swim or nature walk.
We then travel further south through the Art Deco township of Innisfail and onto the Cassowary Coast featuring an interpretive overview of the rich history of agriculture in the Banana and Sugar Cane Industries. Taking the scenic coastal road over the Moresby Range, we stop at Etty Bay. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe and photograph a Southern Cassowary on a rainforest beach. At Etty Bay, we enjoy afternoon tea, with time to walk along the beach to experience this unique environment where the rainforest meets the reef.
Upon arrival to Paronella Park, begin your experience with a fully guided tour including Queensland’s first privately owned hydroelectricity plant. Or, if you prefer, explore the grounds at your leisure & discover why the park was voted the number 1 must-do attraction in Queensland. Meet your guide at the museum and take a look at the many interesting pieces of history, before taking a leisurely stroll across the suspension bridge and over the beautiful Mena Creek Falls to capture an amazing photo opportunity.
After the epic photos, we’ll make our way to Mena Creek Hotel, voted the best country pub in Queensland, where an authentic "Pub Style" dinner will be served.
Taste some of the local beers or challenge your skills on the game tables. After dinner, we return to Paronella Park for the ‘Darkness Falls Tour’ allowing for more spectacular photo opportunities of the waterfalls and structures of the castles by night.
Sitting under the stars surrounded by the dense rainforest, the grand finale and highlight of the tour set the scene of a captivating, extraordinary, magical moment, witnessing the Spanish Castle come to life through the orchestral light show, elevating your senses for an experience you will never forget.
Depart Paronella Park for one last stop – to gaze at the beautiful stars in the clear, picturesque North Queensland sky before being dropped off at your chosen accommodation at around 9pm.
Cairns Catamaran Dinner Cruise
Departs daily from Cairns Marlin Marina 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Witness breathtaking views of Cairns city aboard the two-level Spirit of Cairns, featuring exterior decks and air-conditioned interiors. Indulge in waterfront dining along Trinity Inlet, and watch the day turn into night over the mountains, ocean and city. Enjoy a complimentary drink upon arrival and a sumptuous 3-course hot and cold buffet dinner.
Enjoy a relaxing evening cruising on a luxury 26-metre sailing catamaran around the calm waters of Trinity Inlet, Cairns Harbour. The two-level Spirit of Cairns has exterior decks and an air-conditioned interior. Take in the sights and sounds of Cairns' tropical port city and its surroundings as they transition from day to night. Begin the evening with a refreshing pre-dinner drink. The water is calm, the weather mild, and the night is yours to enjoy. Sit down to a sumptuous buffet meal with a wide range of hot and cold dishes, fresh seafood, and delicious local produce. Spirit of Cairns sailing catamaran is fully licensed, selling a range of beverages to complement your meal and enhance your evening. Please note this is a popular experience with the locals and has limited numbers as spaces are strictly limited.
Green Island & Cairns City Sights Full Day Tour
Departs Mon to Sat 9am - 6pm
Green Island and Cairns City Sights Tour is an exciting day tour that takes you on a journey to explore the natural beauty and cultural highlights. Morning begins with a visit to the beautiful Green Island, where you have the opportunity to snorkel or a glass-bottom boat tour to discover the Great Barrier Reef. Return to Cairns where you'll discover the sights and sounds of this vibrant tropical city.
Green Island. Make your way to the Cairns Marina and check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal, Big Cat Cruise Desk for your boarding passes. Boarding commences at 8.15 am and Cruise departs at 9.00am. Green Island is a beautiful coral Cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Green Island is a Marine National Park uniquely rainforested and surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs and abundant marine life. Your visit allows you 2 hours at Green Island and included is the choice of snorkelling gear or a glass bottom boat tour. “Reef Rocket” is a modern comfortable air-conditioned highspeed catamaran with a relaxed atmosphere. Travel time to Green Island is 45 minutes from Cairns. Passengers can take part in the many activities available or simply relax on the beach. Staff will help you to organise your activities to make the most of your time on Green Island. Depart Green Island at 12 noon arrive Cairns 12.45pm and Cairns Discovery Tours will collect you in front of the Reef Fleet Terminal at 1.00pm.
Lunch is not included and we recommend an early lunch on the Island
Cairns City Sights & Surrounds Tour. This afternoon you will discover Cairns' history and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage that is unique to the Far North. One of the highlights is the St. Monica's Cathedral featuring the World's largest themed stained glass windows. Cairns Botanic Gardens which contains an amazing collection of tropical plants, including exotic herbs, spices, valuable timber trees, orchids, fruits, bromeliads, giant bamboo and many other spectacular flowering plants. Everything about this tour experience is designed to delight discerning travellers of all ages and interests.