The Undara Experience!

We deviated from the Great Inland Way west to the Savannah Way to visit the Undara Lava Tubes as this trip had been highly recommended by the locals.
Back in 2008, we saw the ongoing lava flows on Big Island in Hawaii that ooze out to the sea creating huge steam plumes – very spectacular and basically what happened to form the lava tubes at Undara. The tubes are formed when a lava flow melts (1200C or more) the surrounding rock and then a crust forms of cooling lava over the liquid river… In Undara this happened thousands of years ago.
Lava tube 7
Our guided tour through these lava ‘tubes’ which were formed by one of the Earth’s longest lava flows was fascinating as we explored the beautiful underground caves and their very colourful rock formations. The entrance to these is where the tube roof has collapsed in places. These collapses are plainly visible from above as they have vegetation growing in them which has been spared the periodic fire that the plain above has experienced.
Lava tube 1
Lava tube 3
Lava tube 8
These ancient volcanic rocks cooled under different pressures – the scoria was full of gas and frothed like the head on a good Guinness whereas the granite was formed under intense pressure and now is as hard as a …rock really!
Undara 5
The nearby Kalkani Crater was a more traditional ‘fountain’ volcano and we walked up to the top and around the rim. This huge hollow is home to many birds and several species of wallabies that were new to us.
Undara 3 Rock walaby 2
Undara has many types of accommodation and tours and is the venue for the two annual music events; Opera in the Outback’ and the Outback Rock and Blues concert – what a magical place to visit!

2 thoughts on “The Undara Experience!

  1. Val and George

    Hi to you both, we have been following your travels since you left Carnarvon Gorge and were glad to hear the windscreen was repaired with no hassles.
    Funny you should have stopped at Monique Mine as we took a photo of it when we were last as our newest grand daughter at the time was named Monique. After reading about your visit there I wish we had stopped off to investigate more. I shall mark it up for another visit.
    Since arriving home we have been having the van serviced and next week it goes in to have a pre-trip check inside the van. Only 5 or so weeks before we leave, we can’t wait. We shall be heading north and plan to get out of Qld as quickly as we can, not too sure of the route yet, but I am sure George will have decided once we are only a few days from leaving.
    Happy travels and we shall continue to folow your escapades.
    Ginny, I still haven’t got into the Blog idea yet, at the moment I am trying to learn about Dropbox, but I still have a few weeks left so there is still hope for me. I am getting too old to master all this new technology….lol

    Best wishes from us both
    Val and George

  2. Jon

    frothed like the head on a good Guinness … Loving your blog Ginny. We have our first outing in our new van to downtown Goomalling this weekend. Anna is panicking about where to pack things, I figure anything that doesn’t get broken is in a good place. Have fun guys.



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