Undara Lava Tubes – Image courtesy of Jane Farquhar/Wikimedia Commons
Introducing Undara Volcanic National Park
Take a guided tour through the fascinating lava tubes at Undara Volcanic Park.
The hollow basalt lava tunnels were created during a volcanic outpouring some 190,000 years ago and extend over an area of 150,000-hectares; some are 18m high and 800m long.
Undara is the Aboriginal word for ‘a long way,’ which is apt considering that one of the original lava tubes extends for 160km in total. Undara Volcanic Park contains more than 160 volcanoes, vents and cones.
Check out the Bayliss Cave, the remains of a lava tube that was once over 100km in length. Wander inside the 11m-high and 22m-wide cave, which is more than 1300m in length.
Take a daytrip from Cairns or stay longer on a two-or three-night outback experience tour. Accommodation options are camping or overnighting in comfortable (if compact) rooms inside a vintage railway car.
The Undara Volcanic National Park is located 300km to the west of Cairns but is accessibly by train, coach, plane and helicopter from the tourist resort.
Location: Undara Volcanic Park, Savannah Way, Mt. Surprise
Admission: Free; The Outback experience includes bush breakfasts, campfire activities, lava-tube tours (A$47.50-A$132), snake shows (A$22) and guided evening wildlife walks (A$47.50). Two- and three-night Outback Experience packages incorporate tours, campfire activities, some meals and accommodation for A$356 (3 nights) or A$246 (2 nights) if you self-drive.
Hours: Daily dawn to dusk
Website: www.derm.qld.gov.au; www.undara.com.au