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Outback/Chillagoe

Cairns is very well known for the Reef and Rainforest, but we also have tours that travel inland from Cairns to some amazing outback regions. With a vast array of unique places to visit including old forgotten mining towns, Herberton, Mount Mulligan and Chillagoe Caves just to name a few.

9 Day Gulf Savannah Fully Accommodated Tour


Rates from: $4199

Visit the alluring beauty and rugged charm of the Australian Outback. Explore the spectacular Gulf Country & take the Savannahlander & Gulflander train.  See Normanton, enjoy a Karumba sunset cruise.  Marvel at Cobbold Gorge and Undara Lava Tubes.

  • Herberton Historical Village and Malanda
  • "Savannahlander" & 'Gulflander" Train journeys
  • Karumba Cruise & Burke & Wills Camp
  • Normanton, Georgetown, Forsayth, Ravenhoe
  • Cobbold Gorge 
  • Undara Lava Tubes

 

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Adventure North - 1 Day Cooktown 4WD Tour (Drive/Fly or Fly/Drive)


Rates from: $540

Cooktown is one of Australia's most exciting destinations and truly one of Australia's great last frontiers between "outback" and modern Australia. Adventure North Australia operate 4WD tours from Cairns as either a Drive/Fly or Fly/Drive option.  Drive/Fly option - You will travel between Cairns and Cooktown via Cape Tribulation through the heart of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. Experience the Bloomfield track, inclusive of water crossings and amazing scenery.  Fly/Drive option - You will travel via the Mulligan Highway.  This is the Outback of Far North Queensland. If you enjoy history, botany, adventure, getting off the beaten track, seeing the rainforest and/or the outback, or 4 wheel driving then this is the trip for you.  

 

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Billy Tea Safaris - Chillagoe Caves and Outback 4WD Tour


Rates from: $195

Billy Tea Safaris will take you on an unforgettable day tour of the Chillagoe Caves and Australian Outback. You will travel in a customized 4WD drive vehicle.  Engage in a fully guided tour of the Chillagoe Caves  (which is the primary highlight of the trip) to marvel at their natural wonder.  Later in the day you move onto a great location known as Granites Gorge, here you can hand feed the rock wallabies that come out in the afternoon for a feed. After this gorgeous local experience you return down the Kuranda Range back to Cairns.  A great full day tour which includes lunch at a genuine outback pub.

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FNQ Nature Tours - 3 Day Birding Tour (Private Tour)


Rates from: $4620

This unqiue private guided 3 day accommodated tour is perfect for nature lovers, especially those whom have an interest in bird watching!  No other company offers this customised and comprehensive itinerary, that encompasses our entire local region from the ancient rainforests of the Daintree National Park,  through to the outback scenery of Julatten, Mitchel Rivers Headwaters and the lush highlands of the Atherton Tablelands.  Tour also includes lodge style accommodation and local birding experts.  Join the team at FNQ Nature Tours while we cover a vast variety of stunning birding hotspots in Far North Queensland.

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FNQ Nature Tours - Tropical Wetlands Birdwatching (Private Tour)


Rates from: $1150

This unqiue private guided tour option is perfect for nature lovers, especially those whom have an interest in bird watching!  No other company can provide this itinerary, as FNQ Nature Tours is the only local operator who has the exclusive access permits. This "Shared Earth Reserve" encompasses 5000 acres of lagoons, trails, bird hides and dirt roads containing an abundance of bird watching opportunites. 

With amazing habitat diverity including permanent lakes, swamps, billabongs, creeks and an incrediable mosiac of old' growth savanna woodlands. Our team of staff are highly experienced and passionate naturalist guides, with their own personal interests in bird watching and photpgraphy.  You will be gauranteed a wonderful and memorable tour experience.

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Tailored Charter Flights


The most unique ways to see remote parts of our fantastic regions is by various small light aircraft that can capacity 3 passengers, 6 passengers and 9 passengers each.

If you want to visit areas that would normally take two, three or more days they can all be reduced to a day tour if all conditions are met. These conditions include minimum numbers of passengers, weather permitting, pilot and aircraft availability as well as tours and/or accommodation availablity at your location of choice.

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Undara Lava Tubes One Day Tour


Rates from: $790

Undara is an amazing must see location, the underground lava tube system spans over 160kms of the entire 615km property and were created 190,000 years ago. Yet due to the 4.5 hour drive each way many people do not have time to spare to self drive and stay a night or two. This private charter flight is the perfect solution.

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Unique Aboriginal Rock Art Tour Day Tour


Rates from: $280

With two options from a tag-a-long tour departing Laura, or depart from Cairns in a helicopter into the township of Laura. From there be taken by your guide to a remote location to view authentic aboriginal rock art at a site known as the Magnificent Gallery. Home to over 450 art works, 2 phases of art periods and amazing natural rock escarpment viewing. Helicopter return to the city.

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Unique Aboriginal Rock Art Tour Overnight Tour


Rates from: $790

Experience authentic aborginal rock art on a 4WD trip with a true indigenous guide. Access remote areas to view The Magnificent Gallery which is home to 2 phases of art periods and over 450 art pieces. Learn the history of the European Gold Rush in the region in its era and visit the grave site of the man who started it.

Enjoy a swim in a local creek, camp under the stars, enjoy cooked meals, experience Australian billy tea and damper. Experience views of Red Bluff and outback escarpment

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Unique Dinosaur Fossil Tour 3 Days (EAT)


Rates from: $1875

Leaving at mid day on day one and returning mid aftertoon on day three this unique tour offers a once in a lifetime experience. Starting with a transfer from Cairns to the regional Mareeba airport, boarding a personalised charter flight to remote town of Winton. Which is now famous for a legendary dinosaur trail, stay the night to absorb outback country hospitality at a local motel. Wake up to an incredible dessert sunrise to be collected for the tour to the dinosaur trail. After your once in a lifetime experience you will head back to the motel to stay and second night and by now you will have made friends with the locals. Day three you depart Winton in the morning, have another scenic flight back to Mareeba and will be transferred back to Cairns. 

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