Undara Volcanic National Park is located off the Gulf Developmental Road 144km southwest of Ravenshoe in northern Queensland. This privately owned park offers the opportunity to explore one of the longest lava tube systems worldwide, at 160km in length, resulting from 23 cubic kilometers of lava.
The Undara Volcano is estimated to have erupted some 190,000 years ago, spilling its lava across the savannah countryside and forming hollow tubes as the outer lava cooled and crusted and the inner lava continued to flow beneath.
Access to the Undara Lava Tubes and Kalkani Crater are by guided tour only and costs range from $45-$125 per adult and $23-$63 per child. The Archway Explorer Tour is an easy walk taking 2 hours to complete and visiting 3 sections of lava tube. The Volcano Valley Tour requires moderate fitness taking 4 hours to complete and visiting 4 sections of lava tube. The Lost World Adventure Tour requires moderate fitness taking 8 hours to complete, visiting 5 sections of lava tube as well as Kalkani Crater (lunch and snacks provided on the longer tour). The Wildlife at Sunset Tour is also conducted daily and a short easy walk sees plenty of Australian wildlife and the lava tube entrance.
Guests and visitors are permitted to explore a variety of free self guided bushwalks on graded tracks to lookouts and bluffs in the park at their own leisure, however the best views and inner lava tube experience is obviously on guided tour.
Undara provides a range of accommodation including railway carriages, wilderness lodge, swags tent village, safari shelter and outback caravan park and camp ground. Accommodation costs range from around $8 per person at the unpowered camp sites to $98 per room in the restored railway carriages. Meals and refreshments are available at the licensed bistro and a swimming pool is on site.