1 Day Billy Tea Safaris Chillagoe Caves, Wetlands and Outback Tour from Port Douglas

Adults from $205

Join this Small Group Tour to Chillagoe and the Outback for the Experience of a Lifetime!

​​Billy Tea Safaris is a small locally owned tour operator, which operates small personalised tours with custom built 4WD vehicles, and your naturalist guides have extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture, which will ensure your day will be a memory of a life time.

Travel through dirt tracks, seeing many different species of bush birds, including Emus, Wedge Tail Eagles, Squatter Pigeons and Kangaroos and Frilled Neck Lizards.

Visit the Mareeba Wetlands for morning tea and a twenty minute cruise in an environmentally friendly and quiet electric boat.

This is a magnificent setting and to see the Giant Lotus Lilly’s up close and also many different Water Birds as well. You will learn about the fragile Eco System of this wonderful reverse and also see the Rare Gouldian Finch breeding programme. From here we board the custom built 4WD vehicle and travel through the back blocks of this wetland area viewing Wallabies, Emus and other wildlife and then along the agricultural paddocks of this fertile area, where you will have a chance to see, Paw Paw, Lychee, Longen, Mangoes, just to name a few eventually crossing over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed, we are now in the Australian Outback. (We may sometimes have to take our Wet Weather alternate from the Wetlands when the road is impassible, we will then visit Granite Gorge).

After cave tour, we stop at Mt Uncle Distillery, the only Distillery North of Bundaberg. Here you have the choice of a wonderful devonshire tea or a cold beer or wine in Bridges Cafe (own cost) this beautiful rustic Cafe is made of recycleable timber from the old Walsh River Bridge which was built back at the turn of the centuary, or you may wish to indulge in the liqueur or spirit tasting of some of there international award wining Spirits and Liqueurs (own cost) Mt Uncle Distillery is also nestled at the foot Hill of Mt Uncle hence where the name came from, which was named after the Uncle of one of the early explorers of the Atherton Tablelands John Atherton.

This lovely property is also rich Agriculture area and they grow Lady Finger Banana’s, Advocados, Macadamia Nuts.

The tour then returns back down the range arriving back in Cairns at approximately 6.30pm.

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​​Private charters are available with personalised itineraries and price on application.

Ticket Price
Adults $205
Children (0-14 yrs) $175
Family (2+2) $695
Family+ (Extra Child) $155


Pay on arrival (Minimum of 2 people) transfer fee from/to Cairns $95 per person


Departures: Departs Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  Start Finish Duration
1 Day BillyTea Safaris Chillagoe Caves, Wetlands and Outback 6:30am 7:00pm 12.5 Hours


  • Courtesy Pick-up from Accommodation
  • Morning Tea - Tea/Coffee and Biscuits at the Mareeba Wetlands (May change to Granite Gorge in wet season due to flooding).
  • Outback Pub Lunch
  • Experienced Tour Guide



Group Size: 16 ppl max

  • Custom Built Coach

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The below itinerary can change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.

Day 1

Pick up from Port Douglas, Thala Cove and Turtle Beach Resort


McAllister Ranges

Drive through the McAllister Ranges


Drive the Biboorha dirt tracks looking for Native Wildlife


Stop for Morning Tea in Mareeba

Mareeba Wetlands

20 Minute Wetlands Cruise followed by a 4WD trip to spot native wildlife.


Visit the Chillagoe Township and Copper Smelters

Aussie Outback Pub Lunch

Aussie Outback Pub Lunch


Join a Guided tour of the Chillagoe Limestone Caves

Mt Uncle Distillery

Visit the Only Brewery North of Bundaberg for a cup of tea or a cold beer (own cost)

McAllister Ranges

Drive back to Cairns via the McAllister Ranges

Drop-off at Port Douglas, Thala Cove and Turtle Beach Resort


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