Add These Stops to your ‘Chillagoe’ Road Trip

One of the best out west experiences is the road to Chillagoe, aka the Wheelbarrow Way, named after the Chinese miners of the late 1800s who transported  all their belongings in a handcart on the 143km route you will retrace.   A signpost outside Mareeba tells the story. Next stop – Dimbulah’s Camp 64, a café / museum with a …

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5 Atherton Tablelands Wonders That Will Take Your Breath Away

Chillagoe Caves The Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park is about three hours and 215kms from Cairns and an amazing destination – spectacular limestone caves, small galleries of Indigenous rock art, jagged rock outcrops and fascinating mining relics. It’s a complete contrast to the lush Wet Tropics with limestone moulded, dissolved and reformed by water to create spectacular caverns and passages. The …

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6 Top Spots: Lookouts To Look For

Millaa Millaa Lookout Photo: @andrewwatsonphoto The peaceful and simply stunning Milla Milla Lookout will take your eyes from the Atherton Tablelands to the coast on a really clear day. At 1070m its one of the best places to take in the beauty of the Tablelands with a 180 degree sweep from northwest to southeast. On McHugh Road, just a short …

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The Great Wheelbarrow Race

On the third weekend in May, Mareeba Shire Council is the host to the ‘Great Wheelbarrow Race’. This is an event where competitors push an empty wheelbarrow along the ‘Wheelbarrow Way’ between Mareeba and Chillagoe in three stages. The 2018 event smashed the $2M mark raising funds for charity since the race began. Here are the highlights from the 3 day …

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Chillagoe – a true blue Down Under Experience

On the outside slate grey bluffs known as karst push out of the red earth, like an outback Mordor. Inside, about 50 metres below the ground, a network of large chambers and passages are loaded with stalactites and stalagmites and other mesmerising limestone formations. The caves are in Chillagoe-Mungana National Park, on the doorstep of the township of Chillagoe. Two …

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