Undara Experience

Half Day or Less

Only 3½ hours drive from Cairns and four hours from Townsville in Tropical North Queensland, you’ll discover a land so different in contrasts . Undara.

Undara Experience, set in pristine Savannah woodlands has been cared for by the Collins family, the original pioneers of this region in 1862. For over 120 years they have been custodians of one of the best-preserved lava tube systems on Planet Earth.

Just off the Savannah Way and easily accessed by conventional vehicle, Undara Experience is beside the Undara Volcanic National Park.

The Undara Lava Tubes are a world-class, natural geological phenomenon. Huge tubes formed approximately 190,000 years ago when molten lava drained out under a thick cooler crust, leaving a series of long, hollow tubes. Water seeping through the roofs and walls has resulted in breathtaking colourations. Lava Tube roof collapses provide a protected area from which ancient vegetation now thrives sustaining species not found anywhere else in the local region.

Today, trained Savannah Guides conduct small group tours into the lava tubes where visitors marvel at these impressive geological wonders.

The Wildlife at Sunset tour is not to be missed. Enjoy refreshments as the sun sets. As dusk settles, a visit to the entrance of Barker’s Tube allows you to witness the amazing bat emergence as literally thousands of microbats leave to feed at night.

Facilities

Service Types

Nature and wildlife
Free Wifi

Fitness

Moderate

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available

Membership

Queensland Tourism Industry Council Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation

Accreditation

ECO Certified (Advanced Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia Savannah Guides

Services

From $60.5 to $185

The Archway Explorer Tour is an excellent way to experience the Undara Lava Tubes. Your Savannah Guide will unlock the secrets of this world-class geological wonder, bringing to life the story of why it’s considered to be one of the oldest and best-preserved on Earth plus other interesting environmental, geological, and historical features pointed out and explained by your Savannah Guide throughout the trip to and from the tubes. Visits up to three sections of lava tubes. Easy fitness level with boardwalks and steps.

Allow two hours to complete – runs mid-March till October – bookings essential.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

From $60.5 to $185

The Wind Tunnel Explorer is lava tube touring in its rawest form. Scrambling over rocks and with less infrastructure, this is adventure guaranteed. Your Savannah Guide will unlock the secrets of this world-class geological wonder, bringing to life the story of why it’s considered to be one of the oldest and best-preserved on Earth plus other interesting environmental, geological, and historical features pointed out and explained by your Savannah Guide throughout the trip to and from the tubes. Visits up to three sections of the lava tube.

Moderate fitness level – uneven surfaces, climbing over rocks, not suitable for children under 5.

Allow two hours to complete – only available During April-September.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

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Tour group and guide in tube with opening in the background.

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