Chillagoe, Undara, Cobbold Gorge

Browse the old mining town of Chillagoe, explore the famous lava tubes of Undara and natural hidden oasis in the middle of the outback. The Chillagoe-Undara Gorge tour will leave you nothing short of amazed.


An old mining town from the 1870s, Chillagoe is rich in history. Visit the beautiful cemetery or the Chillagoe-Montana National Park to see the limestone caves, stalactite and stalagmite formations, and some ancient Aboriginal rock art. If you have the opportunity to wander the town of Chillagoe you will see the Railway Station, Bank Vault, Court House, Police Museum, Post Office, and Post Office Hotel. The tall chimney on the edge of town is part of the former ore smelter which is now a drive-around museum with a viewing platform and storyboards. Nearby short walking tracks include Balancing Rock and two Aboriginal rock art galleries.


Undara feels like it is worlds away from the city, but it is only three and a half hours’ drive from Cairns. The road trip alone is worth it, you go from the reef and rainforest to a true outback landscape of termite mounds and sparse vegetation. Found on the McBride Plateau, Undara is famous for its Lava Tubes. A cave system that stretches over 160 km. You can take a guided tour through the caves or there are several walking trails above ground. An introductory tour called the Archway Explorer is suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and takes about 2 hours There is a system of boardwalks and stairs which means children can join the group. The introductory tour is accessible. There is a more adventurous tour called the Wind Tunnel Explorer, that will allow you to explore three sections of the tubes over two hours. This tour does require a moderate level of fitness and the surfaces are uneven, you will need to scramble over rocks as there is little infrastructure in these parts of the tunnel.

Cobbold Gorge

A natural oasis is hidden in the middle of the outback. This area can only be seen on a tour. Something you see in magazines, crocs sunning themselves on the river banks and turtles splashing about. Cruise the gorge then walk atop its walls and across Australia’s first fully glass bridge, exploring the incredible geological landforms and our amazing savannah wonderland on your guided tour. Discover the wildlife, go bushwalking, bird watching, kayaking, and even mountain biking. Or top off your Cobbold adventure with a fantastic helicopter flight. Outback Queensland’s bucket list destination. Well worth a look!

Cobbold Gorge Bridge
Adels Grove – Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Normanton Railway Station
Heritage listed railway station for the Gulflander line

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