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Undara Experience, Mt Surprise

An ancient secret has been unearthed for locals and visitors to Tropical North Queensland alike, which offers yet another natural wonder besides the reef and rainforest to marvel at. The Undara Volcanic National Park is one of Australia’s greatest geological wonders. It boasts the best preserved and largest lava tubes system on earth, offering an unforgettable experience in the Great Australian Outback and satisfying the appetites of both adventurer and eco-traveller.

Undara Experience, winners 2003 Australian tourism award for Unique accommodation, offers accommodation options to suit even the most price-conscious traveller. Specially restored motel style railway carriages are set amidst the Queensland bush. Budget options include the Wilderness Lodge, bunkhouse style with three share rooms, Swags Tent Village, comfortable ‘up-off-the-ground’ tents; or for those who prefer to experience the bush in every way, camping and caravan sites. These budget areas are serviced by a recently refurbished amenities block and practical camp kitchens.

The Lodge boasts superb cuisine. Awaken your tastebuds with their famous Bush Breakfast at the Ringers Camp, where the smell of campfire cooking is accompanied by the morning bird chorus. Relax at the saloon bar as the burnt oranges of the sunset fade into dark to reveal the clearest starlit night. Then relish a three course dinner under the Outback stars or within nostalgic dining carriages.

The award winning Savannah Guides conduct all tours from reception, including Lava Tube, wildlife and after-dark tours. These offer a unique insight into the geology, ecology, local history and bushcrafts of the region. Join in entertainment which the Savannah Guides vary nightly.

Stay a while in this beautiful and romantic Outback region and experience something that you will treasure forever. They call it the Undara Experience!

Accommodation Options


Turn-of-the century Queensland railway carriages lovingly restored to their former glory now lie beneath tall, shady gum trees. Charming, compact and comfortable, with covered decks to watch wildlife or enjoy the restful bush sounds from.

Wilderness Lodge

Dormitory style accommodation set in its own shaded quadrangle. Very private. Especially popular with budget travellers, social and study groups.

Swags Tent Village

If you love the idea of camping out without roughing it, then Swags is the ideal alternative. Large and comfortable permanent tents in a shady bush setting.

Caravan and Camping Sites

Set in shady bush surrounds with abundant wildlife. Rejuvenate in the peace and quiet. The Safari Shelter offers a reserved camping for groups situated within easy access of Lodge facilities.

Carriage Ensuite

Safari Shelter

Perfect for groups with own tents motorhomes etc. Facilties include a dedicated camp kitchen power and separate amenities block.

Activites and Experiences at Undara Experience

  • Caravan Industry Australia Program
  • National Ecotourism Certification Program (EcoCertification)
  • Savannah Guide
  • Birdwatching Self guided – a bird list is available from reception.
  • Bushwalking Self guided. Maps are available from reception.
  • Camping Camp and caravan sites are available with amenities.
  • Flora A flora list is available from reception
  • Learning/Lessons/Tuition School groups please refer to the Undara website.
  • Sightseeing
  • Spotlighting Nocturnal spotlight activities- some evenings.
  • Swimming Natural rock pool in garden surrounds.
  • Animal Viewing
  • Walking
  • Youth Hostels Association
  • Direct
  • Inbound
  • Retail
  • Wholesale
  • Bar Licensed.
  • BBQ Facilities Various barbecue facilities and locations.
  • Camp Kitchen Undercover with tables, chairs, fridge, bench and sink.
  • Car park Outdoor car parking.
  • Courtesy transfer Available from Mount Surprise for overnight guests.
  • Communal Kitchen In swags tent/ camping area and safari shelter.
  • Communal Refrigerator In swags tent/ camping area.
  • Conference/Convention Facilities Conference hall catering for up to 50 guests.
  • Cots Available On request.
  • Cycle/Running Path Self guided walking trails.
  • Entertainment Evening entertainment varies from sing-a-longs, nocturnal spotlighting to bush poetry.
  • Fuel Unleaded , petrol and diesel.
  • Games/Recreation Room Pool table and darts.
  • Gas For gas bottles.
  • Group Caters for groups in all accommodation types.
  • High Chair Available on request.
  • Ice Available from reception.
  • Iron Available on request.
  • Kiosk With basic grocery lines.
  • Laundry Guest laundry with tubs, washing machines, dryers, and iron.
  • Library Library carriage with various reading material.
  • Open fireplace Evening campfire.
  • Swimming Pool Outdoor Natural rock pool setting in garden surrounds.
  • Public Telephone Two public phones available beside reception.
  • Restaurant Licensed
  • Shop Souvenirs and basic supplies.
  • Tour Desk Wide variety of local attractions.
  • Caravan and Camping 22 mostly shaded powered and unpowered sites.
  • Rural/Country
  • Cultural
  • Eco Tourism Advanced accreditation.
  • Flora and Fauna Plant and bird lists available.
  • Historic/Heritage Early pioneers telegraph line remnants.
  • National Park Undara Volcanic National Park.
  • Nature based True savannah lands and outback.
  • Outback 275 kilometres south-west of Cairns , on the edge of Gulf Savannah.
  • Rail Restored railway carriages.
  • Relaxation Tranquil surrounds.
  • Remote Outback.
  • Romance Caters for couples.
  • Soft Adventure Self guided walking trails and nocturnal spotlighting available.
  • Underground Lava tube tours.
  • Wilderness Outback Savannah plains.
  • Wildlife Birds, marsupials and reptiles.
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • Adult Getaway
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Budget
  • Business/Trade/Corporate
  • Disabled
  • Empty Nesters
  • Family
  • Group
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Romantic
  • Self-Drive
  • Senior
  • Wedding
  • Caravan Industry Australia Limited
  • The Ecotourism Association of Australia
  • Pacific Area Travel Association
  • Townsville Enterprises
  • Tourism Tropical North Qld
  • Sunlover Holidays
  • Youth Hostels Association
  • American Express
  • Cheques By Arrangement
  • Bankcard
  • Cash
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Not Available
  • Balcony Timber balcony alongside all carriages.
  • Blankets Quilt.
  • Ceiling Fan Oscillating fan mounted on the wall.
  • Linen Fully made up bed.
  • Shared bathroom One bathroom per three rooms.

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