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Undara lava tube. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Undara Volcanic National Park

Journey to the centre of the earth

At Undara Volcanic National Park, walk in the path of an ancient volcanic lava flow and explore sections of the world’s longest lava tube, formed by a volcanic eruption 190,000 years ago. Experienced Savannah Guides will lead the way (and occasionally break into song to test the acoustics of these incredible ‘caves’). Ribbons of emerald-green vine thicket contrast with surrounding flat dry savannah woodland dotted with extinct volcanoes. It’s well worth a hike to the Kalkani Crater rim (2.5km return, 1.5hrs walking time), which offers views across the lava plains. Accommodation and camping are available at the nearby resort.

Location and getting there

300km SW of Cairns. Access from Cairns is via Gordonvale, Atherton, Ravenshoe and Mount Garnet along the Kennedy Hwy.

Visitor facilities and opportunities

ToiletsPicnic areaCampingCaravan/camper trailer/campervan sitesShort or easy walksHikesCyclingFishingHorseridingWheelchair access

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Opera in the Outback

Get a dose of culture in the midst of a timeless land at the annual Opera in the Outback event at Undara each October. Held after sunset in a natural outdoor amphitheatre, with ghostly gums as the backdrop, and curious nocturnal wildlife spying on the performance, this event attracts locals and visitors from across the globe, who come to experience the beautiful sounds of Australian opera in one of the most unique settings imaginable.