Undara Volcanic National Park

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    UNDARA VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK IS BEST KNOWN FOR THE SPECTACULAR LAVA TUBES: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    YOU CAN ALSO EXPERIENCE THE SURROUNDING RUGGED OUTBACK COUNTRYSIDE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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Undara Volcanic National Park

On the western slopes of the McBride Plateau, open woodlands give way to the vast open spaces of the savanna. Here in Undara Volcanic National Park, rich volcanic basalt soils, covered in a sea of seasonal grasses, conceal the Undara lava tube. This geological tunnel of global significance snakes westward under a ribbon of remnant dry rainforest.

'Undara' is an Aboriginal word meaning 'long way'. The park protects one of the longest lava tube cave systems in the world. About 190,000 years ago a large volcano erupted violently, spewing molten lava over the surrounding landscape. The lava flowed rapidly down a dry riverbed. The top, outer-layer cooled and formed a crust, while the molten lava below drained outwards, leaving behind a series of hollow tubes.

Semi-evergreen vine thicket grows in the moist, sheltered entrances to some of the lava caves. The roofs of some tubes collapsed, creating ideal conditions for dry rainforest to grow and wildlife to shelter. Rock-wallabies, insectivorous bat colonies and owls roost here in the cool. Birds shelter in the fruit-filled canopy and predators lurk in the tumbled basalt terrain to complete the food chain.

Activities

Bushwalking (hiking), viewing wildlife, guided tours, experience lava tubes.

Camping

There is no camping available in the park. Camping is available at nearby Undara Experience and at Mount Surprise.

Location

300 km south-west of Cairns or 420 km north-west of Townsville.


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