Just what is the Undara Experience?

Set in the Gulf Savannah country, Undara is as ancient and alluring as the continent itself, the Undara Lava Tubes stand as silent sentinels to our pre-history. Here you can walk in the path of a volcano and sleep cocooned in an antique railway carriage as your dreams connect you with the essence of this timeless land.

It’s a place where you can explore natural geological wonders, enjoy the comforts and hospitality of a unique outback setting and where the local wildlife are as abundant as they are at home in their surroundings. In short, Undara needs to be experienced!


Voted Australia's Most Unique Accommodation

A short flight, historic train ride or scenic half-day coach transfer or drive from Cairns, Undara is the experience that defines Australia’s Outback.

You’ve heard it said “You have to get lost to find yourself” – this is where you’ll find the sense of place you’re seeking…

Undara Experience MapLocated on the eastern edge of the ruggedly beautiful Gulf Savannah region of northern Australia, the multi-award winning Undara Experience captures the essence of the real Australian Outback.

Undara Experience is located in pristine tropical savannah woodlands, within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef areas of Cairns and Townsville in Tropical North Queensland.

From Undara Experience, you can visit the Undara Lava Tubes, part of the longest lava flow from a single volcanic crater on Earth. In the Microbat breeding season you can witness the unique spectacle of the Microbats and the Night Tigers.

You have a choice of accommodation and dining options:Undara Swimming Pool

  • Restored Railway Carriages: luxuriously restored railway carriages (some with ensuite bathrooms), nestled in the Queensland bush
  • Camping: a range of camping alternatives and sites including above ground tents
  • Dining: our famous Bush Breakfast at the Ringer’s Camp, as well as the licensed Fettler’s Bistro for lunch and dinner
  • Pool and Amenities: an excellent central camping area with a pool and all amenities

Your stay at Undara Experience includes evening wildlife spotlighting walks, campfire evenings, delicious dining featuring the region’s best produce, or a quiet drink in the bar as the outback sunset fades into the clearest starlit night.

Undara SunsetHighly qualified Savannah Guides take you on tours that give a unique insight into the geology and ecology of the Undara Volcanic National Park, the local history and bushcraft of the Gulf Savannah region.

Undara Experience is also the perfect place for a meeting, incentive, conference or school groups with the Lodge equipped with all the facilities of a much larger venue. Our purposley built conference facility “Leichardts Room” comfortably supports the requirements for groups of up to 50 people. Our open air amphitheatre “Ooramin Places” will easily seat 300 guests.

Each year the outback lights up at Undara with the spectacular sounds of Opera in the Outback, and again for the annual Outback Country Rock and Blues festival.

Since Undara Experience opened, we have won over 25 awards, including the Australian Tourism Award for Unique Accommodation.

We are also proudly affiliated with the multi-award winning Savannah Guides, and have achieved Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation.

Undara is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘a long way’. They were right – you’d have to go a long way to beat this! Stay a while in this beautiful and romantic Outback region and experience something you’ll treasure forever. We simply call it the Undara Experience

About this Site

You will find on this site a host of information about the experiences to be had at Undara and beyond:

There’s a section just for guests who wish to drive themselves, with a series of self-drive itineraries and maps. Our tours & packages have been designed to give you lots of choice, depending on what you want to experience and how much time you have available.