The Undara Lava Tubes are a unique travel opportunity in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia. Located approximately four hours southeast of Cairns city, the Undara lava tubes are easily accessible from Cairns, making this oneof the most accessible outback experiences in Australia.
Undara National Park is home to the world famous Undara Lava Tubes, which were created over 190,000 years ago by Mother Nature. These strange lava tube formations beneath the land are now acclaimed as one of the longest lava tube systems known in the world today. As guests of the Undara lava tube experience, you will be able to explore the remains of the earth's longest flow of lava thatoriginated from a single volcano. The eruption caused lava to flow over 90kmsnorth and 160kms northwest.
With Far North Escapes different Undara tour options catering to all levels of fitness and physical abilities, Undara Lava Tubes truly is an experience you will never forget!
Far North Escapes 1 Day Undara Lava Tubes Tour is an all inclusive 1 day Undara tour that takes you through outback Australia Queensland. The tour departs daily from Cairns region except for the wet season.
Otherwise, want to see Cobbold Gorge and Undara Lava Tubes at the same time? Come on Far North Escapes 2 Day Undara Lava Tubes and Cobbold Gorge tour. An all-inclusive 2-daytour that takes you through outback Queensland, Australia. The tour departs daily from Cairns region. This small group (max 10) personalised tour is fully accommodated and includes an insight into the history and unique Queensland outback.
If you're travelling as part of a group or with family and friends, ask us about FarNorth Escapes private charter options today!
The Undara Lava Tubes are a series of long, dark tunnelst hat were created by a major eruption of a volcano. As the top layer quickly cooled and crusted, the fiery magma below continued to flow through the tubestaking it further and further from the volcano.
The eruption slowed and then stopped, leaving behind a series of hollow tunnels. Ancient roof collapses created deep, dark and moist sections where fertile pockets of rainforest can now be seen. These darker sections are growing on top of the ancient Undara lava tubes.
On the sunset tour from the top of the hill you climb, you are actually able to see these darker pockets of rainforest that are growing on top of the ancient Undara lava tubes.
The only way to access these tubes is through a tour with an accredited guide from Undara Lava Tube Experience. Once inside the tubes, it feels as if you have stepped into another world! While in most caves you expect to find stalactites and stalagmites, Undara is unique in that the majority of the tube walls are smooth. This is down to the way the hot magma flowed andcooled through the tubes creating a smooth surface.
Something you will notice growing along the grounds and hanging down from the lava tubes ceilings are different types of tree roots creating intricate patterns along walls of the lava tubes as the roots look forwater. When spending time in Cairns the Undara lava tubes are an amazing natural wonder that needs to be seen to be believed.
If you are looking for an adventure, the Gulf Savannah Way is for you!
This road is a must-do for any traveller interested in exploring the wild side of life. With plenty of stops along the way, this roadwill not disappoint. Departing early morning will allow you to fit it all inand arrive at Undara mid-morning after a few interesting stops on the way. The Gulf Savannah Way is fully sealed and safe for driving both 4WD and non 4WD vehicles.
The further inland you travel, the sparser both the landscape and population become so be sure to travel prepared with a full tankof petrol, extra water, and a goodmap. Some fun and notable places to stop along the way include the Atherton Tablelands.
Unfortunately, the popularity and significance of these geological wonders has led to their deterioration at an alarming rate. In order to preserve this unique habitat and ensure visitors can continue to enjoy this area without negatively impacting upon this rich geological environment, eco accredited tours have been developed in the region. These tours are aimed at educating people about how best to enjoy this unique habitat without damaging it.
The Undara Experience is one of the most unique, excitingand memorable experiences you'll ever have. It's like going back in time to when Australia was still a wild and untamed place. You'll sleep in turn-of-the-century railway carriages, or maybe in a swag under the stars.
It's a place where you can reconnect with nature and yourself, surrounded by the stunning landscapes of Australia Queensland's outback. There are five different accommodation options available at Undara Experience: you can choose from dormitory style accommodation at Wilderness Lodge, 'swags' or large permanent tents, the Safari Shelter which is reserved for those who bring their own tent and caravans to stay at the Outback Caravan Park. All these sites are situated close to amenities with both hot and coldwater (including showers), individual campfire pits, free gas barbeques and anamazing little swimming pool that will be your favourite place to cool downafter a long day exploring the outback Undara Lava Tubes!
A Campfire and Dinner to remember at Undara
Enjoy a hearty dinner at the Fettlers Iron Pot Bistro before heading out to the free evening campfire activities. The dining area looks like a converted railway station, so you'll feel like you're dining in the middle of the Australian outback. With something on the menu for everyone to enjoy, you'll be sure to sample some delicious fare before moving onto the free evening campfire activities. Just behind the dining area is a large campfire site, so grab your Billy tea, come on down and enjoy the Undara campfire stories and activities conducted by the Savannah guides.
The authentic Australian Undara Bush Breakfast
Enjoy the world famous bush breakfast in a truly unique outdoor setting. Start the day off right with a hot breakfast cooked right before your very eyes, in a truly unique outdoor setting.
The Undara National Park is a unique natural wonder that you'll only find in Cairns Far North Queensland Australia. It's a place like nowhere else on earth, and the locals have been keeping its secrets safe for centuries.
The best way to explore this amazing Queensland attraction is by taking a guided Undara tour with an experienced Savannah guide—they will share with you all the history of this magnificent natural wonder and give you plenty of chances to take photos. They'll also make sure you stay hydrated and well-fed at every stop along the way.
The Undara Volcanic National Park tour is perfect for those who are looking for something different but don'twant to spend too much time getting there. This particular tour visits a rocky bluff and four unique sections of the wondrous Undara lava tubes, as well as morning and afternoon tea. It also includes some short uneven climbs, so be prepared for a moderate level of fitness. The ideal time frame for this walk is four hours total--best done in two days!
This Undara tour is great fun for all ages, whether it's just you or your whole family!
What's more Australian than a sunset?
A sunset in the outback.
This Undara Sunset Tour will take you there, with a glass of bubbly in hand and a guide by your side.
Gaze upon the vast skies of the outback as they turn from blue to purple, and then pink, and then orange. Watch as the stars begin to peek through the darkening sky. Feel the wind on your face and hear the crunching of your footsteps on the rocks. It's like being in another world—and it's all yours for an hour or two.
The road to Undara is a fully sealed and serviced road nowadays but is narrow in sections and carries a lot of road trains so keep alert as they travel very fast. You may also come across wildlife such as Kangaroos or roaming cattle.
This remote part of the world was once a major supply route for cattle ranchers, however it is now only used by 4WD enthusiasts and tourists who come to see the lava tubes, tube caves and glow worms.
The easiest road to take is the Kennedy Highway which you access at Smithfield on your way to Kuranda and head to Herberton and then follow the signs to Ravenshoe.
The next township is Mount Garnetand there you will see a sign that says Undara Lava Lodge in 45 kilometres. Once you are through the Forty Mile Scrub National Park follow the signs to Undara Head towards Mt Surprise and the Undara turnoff goes through the Whitewater Cattle Station so make sure you watch out for those big beasts as they are as solid as a rock!
Directions to Undara lava Tubes and Cobbold Gorge
If you're looking to get off the beaten path, look no further than Cobbold Village. From Cairns, drive along Kennedy Highway through Atherton Tablelands to Mount Garnet. Continue on the Savannah Way via Gulf Developmental Road towards Mt Surprise and then Georgetown. At Georgetown, head south 42km on a gravel road that's maintained by Etheridge Shire Council, finally, there are 43km of formed gravel road leading to the frontgates of Cobbold Village—your final destination!
How to get to Cobbold Gorge
If you're planning to drive from Cairns to Cobbold Gorge, were recommend you check with the individual Budget Car hire Cairns company before hand tounderstand their policies regarding driving on 'formed gravel road.' Policiesmay differ from one company to the next.
Depending on where you're coming from, you'll encounter dirt road. If you're travelling from Cairns, there is an additional approx. 8km of gravel between Georgetown and Forsayth. Most conventional vehicles will handle the journey to Cobbold Gorge with ease, including those towing caravans, plus we have two-wheel drive vehicles and non-off-road caravans come in—but again, your Budget Car hire Cairns company may specify that you require a 4WD for the trip so always double-check with the rental company first before making your booking. Book at Budget Car hire Cairns today,t he best value Cairns car hire.