The Archways - QLD



DEG: -17.093597 144.395477
DMS: 17º 05' 36.95" S 144º 23' 43.72" E
UTM: 55 K 8108238mN 222825mE
Altitude: 358.92m


Address & Contact

Unnamed Road
Chillagoe QLD 4871
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A


Limestone has been weathered, dissolved and re-formed by water to create spectacular caverns and passages, decorated by stalactites, stalagmites and flowstones.

Scientists believe the landscape around Chillagoe began to form about 400 million years ago, when limestone was deposited as calcareous mud and coral reefs on the bed of a shallow sea where Chillagoe is today. Subsequent tilting, folding and erosion exposed and weathered the limestone that today towers over the surrounding plains. Fluctuating groundwater levels slowly dissolved some of the limestone, creating caverns and passages, some of which have since been decorated by calcite stalactites, stalagmites and flowstones, deposited by surface waters penetrating through the rock.

Looking after the park:
Visit respectfully. Rock art sites are irreplaceable and easily damaged. Please avoid raising dust and never touch the rock imagery.
Never touch cave formations. Natural acids in your skin damage the cave decorations.
Place rubbish in the bins provided. Where there are no bins, please take your rubbish with you.
Avoid interfering with or feeding native animals—it can affect their health.
Domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.
Keep on the walking tracks at all times.
Everything in the park is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.
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Closest Weather Station

Mareeba at 20/03:30am EST
Distance from The Archways 109.74km E
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Mareeba Airport
Distance from The Archways 109.74km E
Mean Max. °C30.930.529.628.326.825.324.926.128.730.631.532.1
Mean Min. °C21.321.520.518.816.415.113.713.715.417.519.220.9
Mean Rain mm236.8247.4171.441.810.

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