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Chillagoe-Mungana Caves

Explore incredible caves dating back millions of years.
By Eliza Crisp
March 07, 2022
By Eliza Crisp
March 07, 2022

Underneath the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park lies a labyrinth of more than 600 caves that was once an ancient coral reef. This impressive subterranean system dates back hundreds of millions of years, with slow drips of water creating stalactites, stalagmites and flowstones — and it's located approximately a three-hour-drive west of Cairns.

The three caves that are accessible via guided tour are the Royal Arch, Trezkinn and Donna, each with their own distinctive geological features. Ranger tours run daily (except Christmas Day), with local experts guiding visitors through each of the three caves for an hour. The tours include breaks between the caves, allowing time to enjoy a classic pub lunch at the nearby outback hotel. You can also explore First Nations rock art sites, go on bush walks, visit the remarkable Balancing Rock, take a dip at Chillagoe Weir and enjoy a sunset picnic at the historic smelters

Image: Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

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