Undara gave us an experience like no other! Did you know that Australia has the longest lava tubes in the world? Did you know that lava tubes even existed? Well before we began to prepare for our trip neither did we! When we discovered that we had these ancient earth formations in our own backyard we just had to go and see for ourselves.
The Undara Volcanic National Park story is quite an interesting one, having previously been private land before the lava tubes were discovered a deal was soon cut between the owners and the Queensland government to take back the land. The owner's received the right to be the sole tour operators.
The tubes were created from slow moving molten lava. So slow moving were they that the surface cooled and hardened leaving an underground lava river that reached for many kilometres. Once the last lot of lava had flowed through the tubes they became large underground tunnels.
Today, visitors can visit a small area of the large tunnel network which has been deemed as safe for visitors. There is a high risk of the roof caving in and this has happened in many areas as you can see in the video.
As well as lava tubes Undara Volcanic Park has a series of large craters formerly volcanos.
Undara Experience has an onsite campground with powered and unpowered sites and the famous railway carriage cabins. This bush camp was our introduction to the outback after we turned left off the east coast and it didn't disappoint. With each site having the provision for a campfire we couldn't resist. What says bush camp more than a campfire? Toasted marshmallows were on the menu before we headed down to the main muster area for some trivia with fellow campers.
A great overnight stay and a privilege to see such an ancient place that most Australians don't even know exists!