Chillagoe caves

As promised, today I am sharing some photos taken during my recent trip to Chillagoe, which happened on September 7-9. 6 gays, members of the new LGBT group, took part. Chillagoe is a town in the north of Queensland, about 200 km west of Cairns. The climate there is drier and hotter than in Cairns. It can be said that semideserts start from there. The climate is continental, i.e. often the day is hot and the night is cool.

If you are going to live in tents (which was done by the majority of the members of our group), then it is better to go there in the Australian winter (June-August) or in the second half of autumn or the first half of spring. It’s not so hot. Sometimes I like living in a tent – closer to nature.

Chillagoe was once a thriving mining centre. Now there is a small zinc mine and some marble quarries there. By the way, marble is of high quality and even goes for export, incl. to Italy. In the photo album below you can see a number of large marble cubes.

Currently Chillagoe has a population of about 200 people.

Just nearby is the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park containing limestone caves. It has about 1000 of them. Caves (in three of them guided tours are provided), an impressive karst landscape, as well as the ruins of copper smelters are the main attractions of the region.

By the way, prominent scientist Ian Plimer has said that the Chillagoe region has the most diverse geology in the world.

Here, the nature is beautiful, it is real Australian outback. You can relax and have a quiet holiday.

There are swimming holes here as well – in a river and creek. And the town even has an observatory with a good telescope – I saw clearly through it Saturn with rings, Jupiter with four moons, and various constellations. Regular evening lectures are held ($ 25 per person), which last for an hour and a half. You will be told a lot about galaxies, constellations, planets (some can be observed with the naked eye).

There is even a museum of vintage cars in the open air.

Around are lots of small kangaroos (wallabies), different birds, termite hills … Vast open space …

The most important attraction is the caves. I visited three: Donna, Trezkinn and the Royal Arch. I had seen them earlier, but this time I wanted to explore and photograph them again, especially since Trezkinn had been recently thoroughly re-equipped for tourists.

Another impressive feature is the Balancing Rock. Other sights include Aboriginal rock paintings and Archways (half-open caves) 15 km from the city.

I am intending to create several photo albums for you. Today you will see mostly caves, the Balancing Rock and marble cubes.

Our group:








A bizarre formation, reminiscent of Madonna (Virgin Mary). Hence the name of the cave: Donna.












Balancing Rock:



























In the caves there are bats, snakes, cockroaches and … spiders:















If you enlarge the image, you might see a figure resembling the British Queen Victoria on the right side of the rock. Hence the name of the cave: Royal Arch.









Witch (or as our guide said, sister-in-law):

Marble cubes:



River (almost dry, but if you look around, you can find good places for swimming):




Aboriginal art:










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