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Nautilus - Mount Mulligan - Historical Outback Experience

Rate Option Adults Children Infants Families Extras
Nautilus Aviation - Mount Mulligan Historical Outback Experience $1,200.00 $1,200.00 N/A N/A N/A

Minimum 2 people required.

Subject to weather conditions and weight restriction apply.

Rates valid until 31st March 2020.

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

Beyond the Tablelands and over outback terrain, be transported to one of the most fascinating periods of Australian History. 160km west of Cairns, arrive at Mount Mulligan Station – a working cattle station rich in Australian and Dreamtime history. Be welcomed by the 18km sandstone ridge that is Mount Mulligan.

Larger than Uluru, its majestic beauty is Mother Nature at her best. Mined for coal, rushed for gold and farmed for cattle, guest experiences include tours of the old township, historic cemetery and mine ruins, plus a stop at the historical Tyrconnell mine. Built in 1876, Tyrconnell was the most famous mine at the centre of the Hodgkinson goldfield.  Mount Mulligan Station is now home to Mount Mulligan Lodge, offering luxury outback accommodation.


Departs: On demand approx. 4 hour

Price: $1200 per person



  • Return helicopter scenic flights over rainforest and outback (approx 60 mins flight time)
  • Tour of Mount Mulligan township and ruins
  • Tour of Tyrconnell historical gold mine
  • Lunch at Mount Mulligan Lodge
  • Returns bus transfers to/from Cairns hotels

*Minimum two passengers and weight restrictions apply.



Access to Mt Mulligan Lodge is via a 35min helicopter journey from Cairns, providing sweeping aerial views of the 150 million year old Daintree Rainforest, the lush Atherton Tablelands and the rugged terrain that surrounds the majestic Mount Mulligan itself


Now a ghost town, the remains of the Mount Mulligan township are rich in history. Originally laid out in 1912 and abandoned in 1958, the once busy coal mining town now only consists of a cemetery, a single residence which was the former hospital, a chimney stack, and the electricity generator. The Mount Mulligan coal mine opened in 1915 but is sadly the site of Queensland’s worst mining disaster which took 75 workers lives in 1921. The derelict remains of the township and mine are eerie yet visually arresting and give an insight into how coal mines operated during that era.


Wind back in time to the Australian Gold Rush era at Tyrconnell. Much of the infrastructure remains untouched, allowing visitors to uncover the history of this captivating site. Explore the site on a guided tour and watch an ore crusher demonstration. The site boasts the only working 10-head gold stamper in Australia; listen to the roar as the stamper fires up during the tour.


Mount Mulligan Cemetery was established to serve the little town that sprang up in the early 20th century following the discovery of coal. Most of the headstones at the Mount Mulligan cemetery are dated 19 September 1921, the date of the gigantic coal dust explosion that claimed the lives of all 75 men working underground at the time. Those killed in the explosion made up approximately one quarter of the town’s population, leaving women widowed and children fatherless.


The environment at Mount Mulligan supports a range of fauna and flora with agile wallabies often spotted around the lodge and frequent opportunities to sight rainbow lorikeets, kookaburras and noisy friar birds to name a few species. Each year more than 50 new species of plants, algae, lichens and fungi are discovered in Queensland. In 2017, a plant species was discovered on Mount Mulligan and it’s the only place it grows in the world. When discovering the property, take one of our Mount Mulligan Naturalist Charts and identify the plants and animals around you.


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