If you’re looking for the ultimate outback adventure on your trip Down Under, look no further than the magical world of Undara’s lava tubes. Nestled in the heart of tropical Queensland, this magical maze is a reminder of ancient times, and an incredible stop-off to add to your adventure travel itinerary.
Exploring Undara’s lava tubes
The Undara lava tubes were created over 190,000 years ago when the Undara Volcano erupted, spouting tons of red hot lava onto the surrounding terrain. It is believed that the eruption was so violent that the lava could have filled Sydney Harbour three times over. As the lava flowed out to the east and west of the volcano, the edges of the pool started to cool, but the centre of the flow was still bubbling away. This is how the tubes formed.
The Undara network of lava tubes is thought to be the most extensive on Earth. Tours usually last for a couple of hours, and during your time in Undara, you’ll learn everything there is to know about the lava tubes, and see the incredible sights for yourself. You’ll examine the famous archway in great detail, cover some rugged terrain under foot and discover exactly what happened when that thunderous eruption occurred.
You can only access Undara National Park as part of a guided tour due to the importance and delicacy of the lava tubes and the surrounding ecosystems. Guided tours are fantastic because they give you in-depth information about the area, its development and history, and its significance. You can ask as many questions as you like, and you’ll be treated to the best views. There are various tours to choose from, so you can select the one that appeals the most. You can add wildlife spotting if you’re an animal lover or choose an active tour if you’re a fitness fan, and you want to explore as extensively as possible.
Staying at Undara National Park
If you’re keen to make the most of your time at Undara, you can stay over, and there’s an eclectic range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and preferences. You can camp out overnight in a safari-style tented camp, bed down in an old-fashioned railway carriage or relax in style in a pioneer hut. The beauty of staying over is the opportunity to get up close and personal with some outback residents such as wallabies, kangaroos, and cockatoos, and enjoy breathtaking views of the open plains.