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Aug 7, 2017 - Undara - Exploring the Lava Cones

Arrived at the Undara National Park and all setup in no time. Very impressive park on the caravan side all the sites are bushland and on the accommodation side there are multiple options - onsite tents setup - motel and train carriages. The resort is made up of various train carriages joined by modern structures. The bar and restaurant area is carriages join together by a very large covered open area. We are staying two nights here as the only tour to the volcanic lava tubes we could get was tomorrow at 1pm. So it is sit back and enjoy the...

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Aug 4, 2014 - Undara Volcanic National Park, Queensland

In order to go west into Northern Territory from Cooktown, we had to go a bit south to stay on paved roads our little motorhome can handle. We climbed up to the Atherton Tableland of northwest Queensland. This area is a plateau ranging between 500 and 1280 meters (1,640 and 4,200 feet) and is part of the Great Dividing Range which stretches from the northeastern tip of Queensland clear down into western Victoria. Although still tropical here, its elevation provides a drier climate suitable to dairy farming and cattle ranching. We stopped in...

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Sep 23, 2012 - Undara Volcanic National Park: Lava Tubes

Undara Volcanic National Park: Lava Tubes 23 -24 Sept 2012 As we made our way across the top of Australia heading to the east coast we stopped for 2 nights at Mt Surprise to visit the lava tubes. Undara Lava Tubes is part of the longest lava flow from a single volcanic crater on Earth and hence is a highly protected area which meant that we had to book a tour to access the lava tubes. The day began with a walk around Kalkani Crater where we saw amazing views of the lava tube line. As the day progressed we visited larger and more spectacular...

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Oct 18, 2010 - Undara

18th October Undara lava tubes It was cold last night! Even matt was cold. Sleeping bags out tonight. We got up at 6.30 in order to drive to the lava tubes in time to catch the morning tour. We went to see two different hollow tunnels caused by magma flow, they were huge! Can't imagine that much lava. Apparently the volcano whch caused them caused the most effusive event in history! It was quite amazing so after breakfast we went on a walk around another volcano from the swarm, was no as impressive as it just looked like a hill ridge and...

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Mar 25, 2008 - On the Road to Undara

Ric and Kermit, the Green Bus, picked us up early in the morning and after some discussion with their boss we headed off for Undara on the back roads. (Once again we have led the driver and bus astray and off the common path.) We had new experiences today. Most notably the single lane road and the “Road Train”. Road trains can be up to 55 meters long (that’s roughly 180 ft.) and can weigh up to 130 tons. The ones we met weren’t quite that long. When we met one, we would pull over on the shoulder and stop. The ones we saw had four trailers,...

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Jan 2, 2008 - Outback adventures

We arrive in Cairns a few days before New Years. It's not nearly as crowded as we had thought. Loads of travelers took expensive flights and long bus rides south to be in Sydney for the festivities and the fireworks show, which is supposed to be cool. However, the hostels charge 3-5 times what a room normally costs, and you have to pay some insane cover charge to get into any bar. Forget that. For New Years we go on a pub crawl which our hostel sponsors. The price of the ticket gets us VIP admission into 6 or so bars and a few free drinks....

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Dec 8, 2007 - Undara

I've had the most fantastic time for the last 3 days! I and 11 other people were driven up to Undara Volcaon Lodge on Thursday morning. We started at 8am, and arrived at midday, just in time for lunch, with a couple of short photostops, and a half hour tea-break along the way. We drove up over the Great Dividing Range and down the other side, reaching about 1200m at the highest point. The weather was slightly cloudy, with heavy thunder clouds in the distance, hanging over the highest peaks. We didn't have any bad weather on the way,...

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May 31, 2007 - Undara Queensland 8 to 10 May 2007.

Sylvia's Comments. The Collins family were the first white settlers in this part of Australia back in the 1860's. Since then over six generations of the family have explored these strange formations beneath the land, now acclaimed as one of the longest lava tube systems in the world. Undara Volcanic National Park is the story of a once violent period of volcanic activity, where the ground trembled, and the sky glowed and streams of molten lava flowed across the country. It all happened over 190,000 years ago when the Undara volcano erupted...

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