Australian Outback: Have You Visited Undara Experience Yet?
The spectacular lava tubes at Undara Volcanic National Park in North Queensland are only part of the reason why you should consider visiting the Undara Experience resort.
Undara is right in the middle of the outback and admittedly the driving time (approximately 4 hours from Cairns or Townsville), can be a bit off-putting, but it is definitely worth the effort.
Accommodation at Undara
The accommodation at the resort is all part of the experience. There’s a choice of railway carriage accommodation, a swag tent village or pioneer huts.
We spent our first night in what looked like a Stargate movie set. These permanent swag tents provide basic but comfortable accommodation – we loved the fact that we got to see so much wildlife right on our doorstep. We had two tents adjoined by a deck in the middle with sink, bar fridge, table and chairs.
The second night we stayed in one of the Pioneer Huts with a few more luxuries like a bathroom and air-conditioning. For us, the biggest drawcard of the Hut was the nice private verandah where a couple of adventurous wallabies came up to visit.
Whilst we didn’t try them on this visit, the third option for accommodation is to stay in a restored railway carriage.
Apparently the reason these old railway carriages ended up here is because the founder of Undara Experience found some carriages sitting around in a disused siding one day and decided to ‘upcycle’ them into this unique accommodation. One of them has also been turned into a restaurant.
Things to do
Watched by a “kookaburra in an old gum tree”, guests eat a delicious egg and bacon breakfast in a fantastic setting that captures the true essence of the Australian bush with tree stump seating, billy tea on the go and long prongs to toast your own bread over the campfire.
There’s so much more to the Undara Experience than a visit to the lava tubes (although they are worth seeing).
This is really about soaking in the atmosphere of the Australian Outback which includes nature walks and lots of wildlife spotting. The wide open spaces also make for memorable evenings of sitting around the campfire toasting marshmellow, stargazing and listening to folk tales.
travel nq Fast facts
- The Undara Volcanic National Park lava tubes were formed 190,000 years ago
- The original Volcano erupted and spilled an estimated 23 kilometres of molten hot lava across more than 1550 kms
- One of the lava flows from Undara extends more than 160kms making it the longest lava flow on the planet
- Opera in the Outback is held at Undara every year in October
- For more information go to www.undara.com.au or call 1800 990 992
Top photo thanks to Tourism & Events Queensland