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 for the Royal Arch Cave & the other 2 have lighting systems. There are also self-guided caves - the Bauhinia & Pompei. For these you must take your own torches & have a reasonable level of fitness as they are graded as difficult. Enclosed shoes are a must for any of the caves. Ask us for a caves information brochure & a map.
  • The Archways is another more open cave system. As daylight illuminates this formation - you do not require torches. Acess is easy. Some aboriginal art is found at this location & a pioneer cemetery is located just across the track. A great area to explore.

  • Marble is a major resource for Chillagoe. You will marvel at the range of colours to be found. Ask us for more information.

  • 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 boards & 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. A list of birds found in the Chillagoe area is below.

  • 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.

    (this list is specifically for eco lodge)

  • Australian Bustard
  • Black Kite
  • Brown Goshawk
  • Peaceful Dove
  • Bar Shouldered Dove
  • Squatter Pigeon
  • Crested Pigeon
  • Red Tailed Black Cockatoo
  • Sulphur Crested Cuckatoo
  • Galah
  • Rainbow Lorikeet
  • Red Winged Parrot
  • Pale Headed Rosella
  • Channel-Billed Cuckoo
  • Tawny Frogmouth
  • White Rumped Swiftlet
  • Laughing Kookaburra
  • Rainbow Bee-Eater
  • White Throated Gerygone
  • Noisy Friarbird
  • Little Friarbird
  • Blue Faced Honeyeater
  • Yellow Honeyeater
  • Brown Honeyeater
  • Magpie Lark
  • Spangled Drongo
  • Olive backed Oriole
  • Great Bowerbird
  • Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike
  • White Winged Triller
  • Black Faced Woodswallow
  • Pied Butcherbird
  • Australian Magpie
  • Torresian Crow
  • Mistletoe Bird
  • Apostle Bird
  • Compiled by Harvey Rich, October 2015

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