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The lava tubes at Undara are claimed to be the largest in the world. Formed some 190,000 years ago, they were the result of a volcanic lava flow which followed a river bed. The water rapidly cooled the outer layer of molten rock, while the inner layer remained molten and flowed away, leaving the characteristic tube formations we see today. There are two main branches to the lava tubes, one of which runs for 16km and the other for some further distance. "Undara" is an Aboriginal language word for "a long way"

The lava tubes can only be visited as part of a guided tour, which highlights the local flora and fauna as well as allowing access into the tubes themselves. It is essential to book your tour of the lava tubes before making your way to Undara as the tours are popular.

Near the lava tubes is a unique resort, where guests are accommodated in old railway carriages scattered through the bushland setting.

Photo courtesy of Queensland Tourism.

Undara: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Undara Experience

Only three and a half hours from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland's Gulf Savannah lies a land so different in contrasts - the Undara Experience. Undara is a pristine wilderness possessing one of the oldest and best preserved lava tube systems anywhere on Earth.

Undara Experience boasts superb cuisine, which can be enjoyed within the nostalgic dining carriages. Relax in the bar as the burnt oranges of the sunset fade into dark to reveal the clearest starlit night. Each morning you can enjoy a true Bush Breakfast completely surrounded by native Wildlife. The Wildlife at Sunset tour is a sight not to be missed. Enjoy refreshments as the sun sets then, as dusk settles, a visit to the entrance of Barker's Tube allows you to witness the amazing emergence of literally thousands of Micro-bats as they leave to feed for the night - most spectacular in the Summer Green Season.

Undara Experience presents unique railway carriage accommodation, pool, resort kiosk and many activities including Savannah Guide escorted daily tours to the incredible Undara Lava Tubes, evening wildlife spotlighting walks and campfire evenings. It is also the home of award-winning Opera in the Outback and Undara Outback Rock and Blues.

Savannah Way,
Undara Volcanic National Park
Mount Surprise, QLD, 4871

Located 12.8K from Undara

Undara Volcanic National Park

In the vast open spaces of the savanna, a sea of seasonal grasses conceals the Undara lava tube, one of the Earth's longest flows of lava originating from a single volcano. Ribbons of green remnant rainforest contrast with the surrounding dry savanna landscape, marking the course of sections of the lava tube. Caves within the tube sections are fertile pockets where rainforest plants and animals thrive.

Take a guided tour to the lava tube caves. Spend a pleasant afternoon walking around the rim of Kalkani Crater, an extinct volcano. Explore the self-guided walking trails throughout the park, ranging from short walks to a 12 kilometre return hike, following a section of historic telegraph line. Ride your mountain bike on the longer trails. Watch the sunset, while clouds of bats exit the lava tube caves. Accommodation and camping are available at the nearby resort. Access to the lava tubes is by commercial tour only.

Gulf Developmental Road,
52 kilometres east of Mount Surprise
Mount Surprise, QLD, 4871

Located 18.5K from Undara

Undara: Events

Undara Rock and Blues

The Undara Outback Rock and Blues weekend held at Undara Experience will have five high quality acts, over the three days, to make this a weekend guaranteed to suit fans of all genres. Artists are sort from local areas as well as interstate to give guests to North Queensland a weekend to remember!

Undara can accommodate everyone with many different styles of accommodation. Roll out a Swag under the stars next to the fire or enjoy the Swags Tent Village with permanent tents or you may wish to stay in the turn of the century railway carriages that have been converted into multi award winning accommodation. If you would rather spoil yourself, indulge in one of the fully air-conditioned Pioneers Huts that have spacious bathrooms and large decks. This is an amazing weekend of music in one of North Queensland's most unique locations!

Event Dates
      21st Apr
      22nd Apr
      23rd Apr

Undara Experience,
Undara National Park
Mount Surprise, QLD, 4871

Located 10.7K from Undara

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