Bush Walking

kalkani-crater-medWalking the tracks around Undara is an experience in itself. Here’s your chance to really get away from it all along bush trails that lead to spectacular views over the volcanic landscape.

We supply a trail map and can tell you where to spot wildflowers and birds. Most of the walks are fairly easy, with a couple of more challenging hikes rewarded by stunning vistas.

Keep reading to see our bush walking map and more detailed information on each of the walking trails.

For flora enthusiasts, we have put together a plant list.

Description of Bush Walking Tracks at Undara

p5-walks-webThe walks at Undara are gentle and easily manageable by most guests. The small climbs to lookouts and bluffs are on graded tracks. Before departing on any hike please register your name with reception staff and advise of your return. Please take a track map, wear a hat, apply sunscreen and take extra water on all hikes. Hiking on the trails is easy, however the woodland is unforgiving country if you get lost, so if you lose your way, please wait where you are so staff can find you.


Bluff Walk & Bluff Circuit: The Bluff Walk starts at reception and climbs the small granite knoll SW of the Lodge, take the left fork at the Atkinson’s Lookout Track intersection. Climb through a gentle gully and approach the summit from the west. From the summit you have magnificent views over the wooded lava plains to many of the regions volcanoes. From The Bluff you can return along the same trail to the Lodge or continue on the Bluff Circuit. When this trail meets the Swamp Track, keep left and return to the Lodge along the swamp edge.

Bluff & Back Distance: 1.5 km return Time: 25 mins return Rated: Easy
Circuit Distance: 2.3 km return Time: 40 mins return Rated: Easy

Atkinson’s Lookout: Take the right hand trail off the Bluff Walk. Follow up and over the ridge and take the left fork when you meet the Bush Walk trail. The track will gently descend into Iron Pot Creek (it’s usually dry in winter). After crossing the creek the trail climbs west for a short distance towards a second ridge, then turns south through some small boulders and onto a large south easterly slab with great views south to The Granites and Racecourse Hill. This slab is Atkinson’s Lookout.

Distance: 3.84 km return Time: 1.5 hours return Rated: Easy

Bush Walk: The Bush Walk starts from the Atkinson’s Lookout Trail. Take the right hand fork, the trail meanders over granite slabs and gullies which are excellent for wild flowers in season. After crossing a second service road the trail swings to the east crossing grassy plains, and the Undara access road and meets the Flat Rock-Circle View Track adjacent to the 100 Mile Swamp. To complete the Bush Walk, turn right and head south along the Flat Rock-Circle View Track to the Lodge.

Distance: 5.8 km return Time: 1.5 hrs return Rated: Easy

Flat Rock-Circle View Track: From reception walk down past the Carriages on the path bordered by path lights. The trail then crosses the tour road before arriving at a T-junction. Turn left and head north along the edge of the 100 Mile Swamp. At the next track intersection continue right. Flat Rock is a lovely flat granite rock with some small water holes on top. Along the swamp edge there is often pooled water which is an oasis for small birds. From Flat Rock continue around the swamp edge and climb the granite knoll, Circle View. You will be rewarded by a 360 degree view over the lava plains to the distant volcanic cones. Return to the Lodge on the same trail.

Distance: 8.6 km return Time: 2.5 hrs return Rated: Easy

Swamp Track: This track starts at the intersection of the Flat Rock-Circle View track and the return leg of the Bluff Walk. At this intersection, turn right and head south along the edge of the 100 Mile Swamp. Join this track from the return leg of Bluff Walk. When you come to the junction, stay left with the swamp on your left. After crossing two service roads the track circles around the southern end of the swamp and terminates at a semi evergreen vine thicket clad basalt ridge. Return to the Lodge on the same track or via the Bluff.

Distance: 4.6 km return Time: 1.5 hrs return Rated: Easy

Pioneer Track: From reception walk to Bush Breakfast site and then continue south. This trail follows the route of the telegraph line that was built in the 1870s. Follow the interpretive signage until you reach the Heritage Hut, a replica early pioneer dwelling. Return to the Lodge on the same track.

Distance: 3.6 km return Time: 3 hrs return Rated: Easy

Rosella Plains Lookout Track: From reception walk past Bush Breakfast site and along Pioneer Track to the Heritage Hut. Continue in a South Westerly direction along the lowlands. There is a steep track up Cardiac Climb towards Jump Up Lookout, follow 1m high green marker posts. The most Westerly point this walk is Rosella Plains lookout with fantastic views of the province. This is a circular track that will return you to Atkinson’s Lookout Track and then to the Lodge. Walking boots and gaiters recommended.

Distance: 12 km return Time: 6 hrs return Rated: Moderate-steep & rocky parts

Kalkani Crater Rim Walk: Starts 13km from the Lodge. Walk up the side of a volcano and along the circuit around its rim. See across the lava plains to other volcanic vents and trace the line of a lava tube from above. Information signs on this track explain the explosive geology of the area including the origins of the variety of volcanoes seen from the walk.

Distance: 2.5 km return Time: 1.5 hr return Rated: Moderate–moderate climbs