Undara Volcanic National Park

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area

In the vast open spaces of the savanna, a sea of seasonal grasses conceals the Undara lava tube, one of the Earth's longest flows of lava originating from a single volcano. Ribbons of green remnant rainforest contrast with the surrounding dry savanna landscape, marking the course of sections of the lava tube. Caves within the tube sections are fertile pockets where rainforest plants and animals thrive.

Take a guided tour to the lava tube caves. Spend a pleasant afternoon walking around the rim of Kalkani Crater, an extinct volcano. Explore the self-guided walking trails throughout the park, ranging from short walks to a 12 kilometre return hike, following a section of historic telegraph line. Ride your mountain bike on the longer trails. Watch the sunset, while clouds of bats exit the lava tube caves. Accommodation and camping are available at the nearby resort. Access to the lava tubes is by commercial tour only.

Open Times

Public Holiday: In very wet periods, sections of caves may be flooded and closed to visitors. To protect breeding bats, acccess to some caves is restricted from November to February. ......


  • Car park
  • Walking Tracks

Other Information


There is access for guests with a disability. The Kalkani day-use area has wheelchair-accessible toilets. Road Cave has ramps and a lift but you can only visit as part of a guided tour.


Children are welcome.
Gulf Developmental Road
52 kilometres east of Mount Surprise
Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area

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Undara Experience

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$26.00 - 187.00
An ancient secret has been unearthed for locals and visitors to Tropical North Queensland, which offers another natural wonder besides the reef and rainforest to marvel at. The Undara Volcanic National Park is one of Australia's greatest geological wonders. It boasts the best-preserved and largest lava tubes system on earth, offering an unforgettable experience to satisfy the appetite of both adventurer and eco-traveller. Awaken your taste buds with their famous Bush Breakfast at the Ringers Camp, where the smell of campfire cooking is accompanied by morning bird chorus. Relish a home-style lunch or A-la-Carte dinner within nostalgic dining carriages. The award winning Savannah Guides conduct all tours from reception, including a choice of lava tube tours and the spectacular Wildlife at Sunset tour. Join the free nightly campfire activity run by Savannah Guides. Accommodation varies from specially restored railway carriages, to 'Glamping' like Swag Tent Village, Stockmans Quarters or the Outback Caravan Park and Camp Ground. Don't forget Opera in the Outback or Outback Country Rock and Blues, two annual events as unique as the venue. Stay a while in this beautiful and romantic Outback region and experience something that you will treasure forever. They call it the Undara Experience!

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From AU$1800.00 - 1800.00
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