North Queensland's Undara National Park is an amazing natural attraction home to 164 volcanoes, cones and vents as well as a number of walking trails and tours, Kalkani Crater and the famous Undara Lava Tubes. Located in volcanic province of McBride, the Undara Lava Tubes are some of the world's longest and largest lava tubes.
Undara, meaning 'long way' in Aboriginal, is also a popular gem fossicking destination with minerals including quartz, topaz, garnet, moonstone, aquamarine, peridot and even gold found there. However the lava tubes are the main attractions of Undara National Park as they are longest flowing lava tubes on earth from one single volcano.
Located on the Gulf Savannah's eastern side, Undara Lava Lodge is an amazing nature experience and a unique outback attraction that offers the opportunity to stay in cabins, carriages, dormitory style stockman's quarters or a permanent tent 'village' among thousands of square kilometres of woodlands and national parks home to the famous Undara Lava Tubes.
A remote park, Undara is best accessed from the regional centres of Cairns or Townsville. The lava tubes of Undara National Park were formed around 190,000 years ago when an ancient volcano erupted, spilling approximately 23 billion cubic metres of lava onto 55 square kilometres of the Atherton Tableland.
Lava tubes are formed when lava flows through natural channels underground. When active they drain lava from its source but when extinct, leave behind long cave-like tunnels of cooled rock. These days, the Undara Lava Tubes are extinct, meaning no lava flows through them, leaving you free to explore these amazing natural wonders.
Also part of the Undara National Park is Bayliss Cave, the remnants of a once-100km lava tube. Now only 1,300m long, the cave is 11m high and 22m wide and is described as having poor air quality, with carbon dioxide levels measured as high as 5.9%.
The Undara National Park is also home to a wide range of native wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, goannas, pythons and tree snakes, frogs, butterflies, cockatoos, galahs, emus, eagles, falcons, herons, cormorants, rosellas, parrots and more. There are also a number of guided tours available that allow you to discover the mystery of the lava tubes and spotlight some of the friendly local wildlife.
A visit to the Undara National Park and Undara Lava Tubes is an experience of a lifetime and offers a unique natural attraction unlike anything else in the world.