Without any doubt the Chillagoe Caves are one of Far North Queensland’s greatest assets yet relatively unknown. The amazing geological events that effected the Chillagoe region created over 500 documented limestone caves and limestone cave systems with many more to be discovered. The Chillagoe Caves are unique in their formation but still have all the decorations that you expect to see in such subterranean creations. Growth of decorations can be very show compared to other limestone caves which demonstrates the time periods involved. Here stalactites can grow as slow as 1cm every 50 years with some that I have seen being in excess of 6 meters.
As a one day tour is possible, its impractical due to the distance, Perentie Tours offers a Two-Day Experience that includes Chillagoe (pop 300) and is arguably one of the best Outback tours available out of Cairns. Everywhere there are ruins that show the early occupation and resulting heartbreak and it’s not only minerals. Sheep, tobacco and rice also played its part in the hardships of those who settled out that way.
The tour also has rainforest content showing the diversity of the region and why those early explorers had such difficulties. There is no doubt if it weren’t for minerals, this region would not have developed the way it did.
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