Population 223

Chillagoe is a small outback town west of Cairns and the Atherton Tableland. Once a thriving mining town after silver and copper deposits were found in 1887, the town was practically deserted after the smelter closed in 1940. Chillagoe's history and the well-preserved Aboriginal rock art and limestone caves in the area make it a popular spot with visitors.

Visitor Information

The Chillagoe Hub Information Centre, 21-23 Queen St; (07) 4094 7111

Nearby national parks

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In Town

The Hub This major interpretive centre is constructed from local materials including marble and copper. Informative displays cover the geographical history of the local landscape (dating back 2 billion years), the town's mining and pioneering past and the region's Aboriginal heritage. Queen St; (07) 4094 7111.

Heritage Museum: displays on local history and relics of old mining days; Hill St.

Historic cemetery: headstones from early settlement; Railway Line Rd.

Historical walks: self-guide or guided walks taking in the old State Smelter and disused marble quarry just south of town; details from visitor centre.


Chillagoe–Mungana Caves National Park The impressive rugged limestone outcrops and magnificent caves of this park, south of town, are studied by scientists world-wide. The cave system was originally an ancient coral reef and is home to a wide variety of bats. Fossilised bones, including those of a giant kangaroo, have been discovered in the caves. Guided tours only; tickets from The Hub. Above ground are magnificent Aboriginal rock paintings at Balancing Rock. (07) 4046 6600; 7 km S.

Mungana: Aboriginal rock paintings at the Archways. Also a historic cemetery; 16 km W.

Almaden: small town where cattle own the main street; 30 km SE.

4WD self-guide adventure trek: mud maps and clues provided; details from visitor centre.

Tag-along tours: full- and half-day tours visiting Aboriginal sites, marble quarries and other places; details from visitor centre.

Campsites around town

Granite Gorge Nature Park 92 km

Formed millions of years ago by ancient volcanoes, the boulders at Granite Gorge are a natural wonder well worth checking out. Some, allegedly, are shaped like animals. The tent sites are shady; safari tent accommodation... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Mount Garnet Travellers Park 84 km

This is a spacious park with shade and green grass in a quieter off-highway position. It has good amenities. Bookings required at Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Innot Hot Springs and Leisure Park 95 km

Located in the centre of the small township, this place has good facilities and the local hotel is just a short walk away. A relaxing dip in the spring-fed pools in the park is most enjoyable at the end of the day.... Find out more

Walkamin Central Van Park 97 km

This is a relatively new owner-operated park adjacent to the Kennedy Highway. There are excellent amenities and a large central building with a camp kitchen and large open fireplace. There is not a lot of shade, but we... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Wrotham Park Lodge

Pretend you’re a Baron of the Bush at this 600,000-hectare cattle station, 300 kilometres from Cairns. There are ten guest quarters on an escarpment with views of the Mitchell River, equipped with shaded verandahs... Find out more

What's on around town

Big Weekend and Rodeo: May.

Annual Wheelbarrow Race: May.

Country Music Festival: July.

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