Chillagoe Observatory and Eco Lodge
Chillagoe Observatory and Eco Lodge
Chillagoe Observatory and Eco Lodge
  • Explore the beautiful limestone caves. These are unique as they are above ground cave systems formed from ancient coral reefs. There are guided tours offered by National Parks to 3 caves - the Donna, Royal Arch & Trezkin Caves, lasting from approx 45mins -1.5hrs. Guides will provide torches. or There are 2 self-guided caves - the Bauhinia & Pompeii. Take your own torches. or For the more adventurous, "extreme" caving is offered by the Chillagoe Caving Club. A reasonable level of fitness & enclosed shoes are a must for any of the caves.
  • Marble is a major resource for Chillagoe & a visit to some of the marble pits will show you how it is mined & have you marvelling at the range of colours to be found.
  • The Smelters are relics from the copper mining boom days of Chillagoe. The chimney stacks are the local landmarks & provide some stunning photo opportunities, especially at sunset. National Parks have plenty of information & photos of the mining history at the lookout.
  • Birdwatching is a favourite pastime as a large variety of savannah dwelling & waterfowl species inhabit the area. The Black Cockatoo is the local "emblem". Many migratory birds also pass through.
  • Pioneer settlement sites can be discovered as you drive around the Chillagoe area. The old bank vault, post office, cemeteries & hospital sites are but a few.
  • Cool swimming holes are plentiful. Many are enchanted by the beauty of clear water & sandy banks overhung by magnificent weeping melaleucas.
  • Balancing Rock is an interesting formation to visit & the short walk offers some great views of the expansive savannah country.
  • Fossils discovered on surrounding properties can be viewed at The Hub Tourist Information Centre. The entire area was once the ancient barrier reef & this is the origin of the limestone formations, cave systems & fossils that can now be enjoyed by visitors.
  • Tommy Prior's collection of Ford motor vehicles is a must see for any car enthusiast. Included in his collection are antiques, classic muscle cars, army vehicles & vintage trucks. This is a free attraction but donations are gratefully accepted.

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