Explore the natural landscapes of rolling savannah plains to the award-winning Undara Lava Tubes. Walkaround the Kalkani Volcano Crater and see amazing views of the Undaralava Tube line in the Gulf Savahhna Country. Adventure through Undara volcanic national park and let our Far North Escapes guides show you one of Australia’s geological wonders.
After collecting you from your hotel at approximately 7:00 AM, we'll head for the Outback Savannah country west of Cairns. We'll make our way up the Gilles Highway and on to the Volcanic Crater and then continue through the fertile Atherton Tablelands and its agricultural diversity to Ravenshoe. Pass through this charming town on our way to the Undara Lava Tubes National Park. Upon arrival, we check in for the unforgettable Undara Archway Explorer Lava Tube Tour. On this tour, we explore caverns and discover the true geological beauty and secluded hidden nature with the experienced and informative Savannah Guides on a 2-hour boardwalk guided tour of the Undara Lava Tubes. The lava tubes are acclaimed as the world's longest and oldest lava tubes, which lie in the northern parts of tropical Queensland. The caves were formed over 190,000 years ago when a major volcano in the McBride volcanic province erupted, causing molten lava to flow down a dry riverbed. As the volcanic eruption slowed and stopped, the lava drained out of the tubes, leaving a series of long, hollow tunnels. These tubes have withstood the test of time and are currently preserved to retain the history of being formed over 190,000 years ago.
Leaving the Undara Lava Tubes behind, it is time for some lunch at Fettler's Iron Pot Bistro, which takes pride in place in a former railway carriage. The menu at Fettler's is as retro as the furnishings, serving up corned beef, Georgetown sausages and homemade desserts, including their crowd-pleasing chocolate volcano. After a relaxing lunch, we then venture around Undara National Park. Our first stop will be at the Kalkani Crater, which follows the line of the volcano and circuits the crater rim. The views are mesmerising – to take in the Undara lava plains and other volcanic vents that point to a time when this was an active eruption zone.
Finally, as our Undara tour concludes, we head back towards Cairns via the Gillies Range. While the sunsets over the Gulf Savannah Country, on our way back, we take in the breathtaking sites of the Australian Outback. Reminiscing on the fantastic Undara tour we have just experienced before returning to your accommodation.
Meals: Lunch, at Fettler's Iron Pot Bistro. Morning Tea, at Undara.
Please note: All itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, unexpected circumstances or Tour Guides decision based on what is best for the group and preferences. This itinerary is ONLY a guide. Our itineraries are flexible, at Far North Escapes we modify our itineraries based on our guests needs and requirements. We believe in accommodating all our guest's needs and creating a remarkable Far North Queensland Adventure.
Undara Lava Tubes Tour. World's longest and oldest lava tubes.
Undara Volcanic National Park.
Fettler's Iron Pot Bistro. Authentic homemade meals.
Kalkani Crater. Mesmerising views of the Undara lava plains.
McBride Volcanic Province. Covers an area of 1500 sq km in north Queensland.
Fully guided tour. Experienced naturalist guides.
All national parks. Including fees and permits.
Small or private touring group. Comfortable and airconditioned vehicle.
Meals and snacks. As per the itinerary.
Return Hotel Transfers. (Cairns & Northern Beaches area only). Paid transfers for Port Douglas are available for $100 per vehicle.
Cairns 6:30am - 5:30pm
Northen Beaches 6:30am - 5:30pm
Port Douglas 5:30am - 6:30pm
We have a strong focus on client experience, and as such our groups are small in size. We want to give you the best, most immersive experience and that just cannot be delivered with large group touring. We have capped our numbers for this reason. The tour you have booked will determine the vehicle you are travelling in and your group size.
PREMIUM: 79 Series LandCruiser – 4 Passengers
PREMIUM: 300 Series LandCruiser – 6 Passengers
Premium tours operate with a maximum of 2 vehicles, and 10 passengers per departure.
Our tours have been designed to suit a reasonable standard of fitness – for instance the ability to walk on some uneven surfaces. There are occasions, such as at Wujal Wujal Waterfalls, where you can walk up to a distance of 400 meters. The walk to the Signpost at Pajinka “The Tip” is on uneven surface and approximately 10 minutes in duration.
The ability to cope with remoteness is essential.
We have no age limits on our Tours. We have had young families on tours, and clients in their 90s. When completing the Medical Waiver Form, it is the guests responsibility to ensure their health and physical fitness is of a reasonable level and they have disclosed any ailments that are of concern. We suggest you seek advise from your GP if you are unsure.
Mobility Challenges & Disabilities: Yes, we have had clients with extra considerations join our Tours and it brings us great joy to be able to make their dream a reality. Please speak with our Agents if you or a member of your group has mobility challenges, a disability or is wheelchair bound. We are able to make adjustments accordingly.
Rest assured, you are in great hands with our experienced guides and we make every effort to ensure your trip is an enjoyable and inclusive one.
Yes, as we do not offer shared or paired accommodation for single travelers. See our (single) rates
Thank you for supporting our Family owned and operated local business. We’re so pleased you are back for another Escape! Please discuss your past travels with our friendly Agents for a discount to be applied.
Our Far North Escapes Agents are experienced in all aspects of Travel arrangements, and happy to assist you in organising your Pre and Post tour plans. Please call us to discuss.
Far North Escapes and/or its agents are not responsible or liable for loss, damage or theft of luggage or personal belongings whatsoever, nor for personal injury, accidents, hospitalization, illness or medical expenses. In our experience, most claims arise from personal or close-family illness before holiday departure, resulting in cancellation charges. We strongly recommend all intending passengers consult their travel or insurance provider, and take out adequate travel insurance to cover events that may affect your ability to travel(including, but not limited to, health, baggage, loss of monies through cancellation, additional expenses incurred through illness or personal liability prior to travel and early return, for example, following the death of a relative). We do not have any affiliation or personal recommendations regarding insurance – its important you do your own research and choose cover suited to your personal circumstances.
We do have a Stand By List should your preferred departure date be sold-out online. Please contact us by your preferred contact method to request to be placed on Stand By should a space become available, and we will be in contact.
You’re on holiday! At no time during our tours will you be required to cook.
If you are on a Private Charter, yes, we can make arrangements for you to bring your pet. This is on a request basis and needs to be discussed prior to booking with one of our friendly Agents.
As per government regulations, Smoking is not permitted inside our vehicles at any time. Ample stops on route can provide time for “Smoko” breaks.
At the time of writing: for recreational purposes, you do not need a permit to use a drone in Queenslands National Parks as long as it weighs under 2kgs,there are less than 10 people involved in the shoot and no buildings or structures are being filmed. For up to date information consult the Queensland National Parks website, or use the “Can I fly there” app.
Yes, we cater to all Dietary requirements for our guests. Please ensure we have your considerations available to us upon booking.
Water is provided and available at all times to our guests. If you would like to bring your own reusable water bottle, you are encouraged to do so.
Your treatment will depend on the particular circumstances and your location. Our experienced crew members are first-aid trained, and our vehicles are equipped with a full First Aid kit. If you require medical evacuation in a remote location, the Royal Flying Doctor Service operate on a donation service. We will ensure you get the best treatment, and get you back on tour, or home, safely as soon as possible.
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