Stayed one night on the 7th Jan 2010. Having read some negative reviews we thought we had realistic expectations and overall some things were better and some worse. The $46 2 hour tour was great until we realised how much we had paid. We understand there are some national park fees but difficult to believe another tube or view could not be included at minimal cost to the owners. Or perhaps a discount on the evening tour if you have done a pm/am tour. If you have seen scores of limestone caves you might be underwhelmed. Having been warned off the overpriced railway carriages we opted for a permanent tent which was fine for those used to camping. Tents were cool and comfortable but for the money perhaps the fly screens could get fixed. When asking about linen we were told it was provided (but not that it was an extra $8 a head). Amenities block was ok but less clean than a typical caravan park. After a week in cairns and warnings on TA you might think it would be hard to be disappointed by the food but Undarra managed that too - $30 for a pub counter tea-standard steak. Kids meals were better value and the kangaroo was apparently good. 4 and 6 person tents have fridges so byo. Walks around the lodge are well worth doing and the crater walk has great views - might even be worth a dawn visit. Staff were all helpful and freindly. Overall not a must see unless you this is your only chance to get a taste of inland Australia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- UNDARA EXPERIENCE – AUSTRALIA’S ACCESSIBLE OUTBACK! Only 3½ hours drive from Cairns & 4 hours from Townsville in Tropical North Queensland, Undara is easily accessed via the Savannah Way by conventional vehicle and sits right on the edge of the Undara Volcanic National Park. The Undara Lava Tubes are a world class natural geological phenomenon. Huge tubes formed approximately 190,000 years ago; molten lava drained out under a thick cooler crust, leaving a series of long, hollow tubes. Today, Undara’s highly trained Savannah Guides conduct small group tours from the resort into the lava tubes where visitors marvel at this incredible geological wonder. Winner of “Unique Accommodation” at the Australian Tourism Awards, Undara Experience offers a variety of accommodation options from restored turn-of-the-century railway carriages to beautifully appointed Pioneers Huts. Budget options include the Swags Tent Village. Shady camping and powered sites are available. Bookings Essential ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Undara Experience Australia/Undara Volcanic National Park, Queensland