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.
The Chillagoe Hub Information Centre, 21-23 Queen St; (07) 4094 7111
Nearby national parks
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
Caravan parks around town
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Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
Wrotham Park LodgePretend 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.