Lava tubes at Undara
We left Townsville to travel inland to the Undara Volcanic National Park, crossing both The Herveys Range and The Great Dividing Range with some spectacular far reaching views and wide open skies. On arrival at Undara Lodge we were directed to our accommodation in a beautifully restored railway carriage with ensuite which had an original stainless steel drop down wash hand basin! The carriages overlooked the bush and each morning we were awakened by the kookaburras calling, no alarm clock needed here!
The bush breakfast was certainly the best way to start the day, cooking our toast over the campfire, trying not to burn it, and then enjoying a wonderful cooked breakfast and billy tea, you had to keep an eye on your sausage though, as the kookaburras would fly down and steal them from your plate in a flash!
We had done a bit of research into Lava Tubes before we visited the park and knew a little of how they were formed by lava flowing from the Undara volcano when it erupted around 190 million years ago. We went on the Volcano Valley tour where you climb down and walk through a number of Lava tubes and see the size and majesty of them, the wonderful colours and patterns in the rocks and you realise what an amazing underground phenomenon they are.
Our excellent guide, Chris, explained the history of the area, the formation of the tubes and about the flora and fauna of the park, at the end of the tour we felt we understood much more about how ‘Mother Nature’ works and what wonderful things she has achieved!
On our last night we joined the ‘Wildlife at Sunset’ tour which took us up to a granite knoll with wonderful views all around, where we enjoyed cheese, wine and fruit whilst watching a beautiful sunset. We were then taken to the entrance of a lava tube to witness thousands of Micro bats emerging for their night’s activities, sometimes there are tree snakes or pythons sitting in the trees at the entrance waiting to pounce on the bats as they emerge, but none were evident when we were there!
After we left Undara Lodge we visited another volcano in the park, The Kalkani, where there is a fairly easy walk up to and around the crater rim, and looking down inside the crater we imagined how it must have looked as an active volcano pouring out lava! The views from the top are amazing looking into the far distance for a full 360 degrees.
The Undara National Park certainly is an amazing place to visit!