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Undara Experience

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area

Only three and a half hours from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland's Gulf Savannah lies a land so different in contrasts - the Undara Experience. Undara is a pristine wilderness possessing one of the oldest and best preserved lava tube systems anywhere on Earth.

Undara Experience boasts superb cuisine, which can be enjoyed within the nostalgic dining carriages. Relax in the bar as the burnt oranges of the sunset fade into dark to reveal the clearest starlit night. Each morning you can enjoy a true Bush Breakfast completely surrounded by native Wildlife. The Wildlife at Sunset tour is a sight not to be missed. Enjoy refreshments as the sun sets then, as dusk settles, a visit to the entrance of Barker's Tube allows you to witness the amazing emergence of literally thousands of Micro-bats as they leave to feed for the night - most spectacular in the Summer Green Season.

Undara Experience presents unique railway carriage accommodation, pool, resort kiosk and many activities including Savannah Guide escorted daily tours to the incredible Undara Lava Tubes, evening wildlife spotlighting walks and campfire evenings. It is also the home of award-winning Opera in the Outback and Undara Outback Rock and Blues.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $60.00 9 May 2014 – 31 March 2015 Wildlife at Sunset Tour.
Adult $100.00 9 May 2014 – 31 March 2015 Volcano Valley Tour (four hours).
Adult $55.00 9 May 2014 – 31 March 2015 The Archway Explorer Tour (two hours).
Adult $55.00 9 May 2014 – 31 March 2015 The Active Explorer Tour (two hours).
Child $30.00 9 May 2014 – 31 March 2015 Wildlife at Sunset Tour.
Child $50.00 9 May 2014 – 31 March 2015 Volcano Valley Tour (four hours).
Child $27.50 9 May 2014 – 31 March 2015 The Archway Explorer Tour (two hours).
Child $27.50 9 May 2014 – 31 March 2015 Active Explorer Tour (two hours).
Family $165.00 9 May 2014 – 31 March 2015 Active Explorer (2 hour) 2 Adults & up to 4 children
Family $165.00 9 May 2014 – 31 March 2015 The Archway Explorer Tour (two hours). Two adults and up to four children 4-14 years.

Internet Points

  • Paid Wifi

Open Times

Public Holiday: Please note Undara Experience will be closed from 1 December 2012 through to 9 March 2013 inclusive. ...... Note: The opening hours for weekdays, weekends and public holidays are 0700 to 1900.

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
  • Conference/Convention Facilities
  • Kiosk
  • Public Telephone
  • Tour Desk
  • Walking Tracks

Other Information

Accessibility:

Undara Experience offers wheelchair access ramps to Reception, the shop, accommodation and dining area, as well as providing disabled showers and toilets and Railway Carriage accommodation. Mobility impaired touring is available. Please advise Reservations on booking and at least 72 hours prior to your visit.

Children:

Child meals are available. All tours are suitable for children four years and up with parental assistance.
Savannah Way
Undara Volcanic National Park
Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
Queensland
Australia

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Undara Experience

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
Only three and a half hours from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland's Gulf Savannah lies a land so different in contrasts - the Undara Experience. Undara is a pristine wilderness possessing one of the oldest and best preserved lava tube systems anywhere on Earth. Undara Experience boasts superb cuisine, which can be enjoyed within the nostalgic dining carriages. Relax in the bar as the burnt oranges of the sunset fade into dark to reveal the clearest starlit night. Each morning you can enjoy a true Bush Breakfast completely surrounded by native Wildlife. The Wildlife at Sunset tour is a sight not to be missed. Enjoy refreshments as the sun sets then, as dusk settles, a visit to the entrance of Barker's Tube allows you to witness the amazing emergence of literally thousands of Micro-bats as they leave to feed for the night - most spectacular in the Summer Green Season. Undara Experience presents unique railway carriage accommodation, pool, resort kiosk and many activities including Savannah Guide escorted daily tours to the incredible Undara Lava Tubes, evening wildlife spotlighting walks and campfire evenings. It is also the home of award-winning Opera in the Outback and Undara Outback Rock and Blues.
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