Australia, Queensland, Travel

Light at the end of the tunnel

We finally made it – We were now in Gulf Savannah Country and one of the reasons for the long trip was see the Lava Tubes at Undara.  We had chosen not to stay in the famous accomodation at the actual national park which ‘contains the remains of one of the earth’s longest flows of lava originating from a single volcano’ but at Joe and Jo’s Bedrock Village – a van park in Mt Surprise itself about half and hours drive down the road  – the road being The Savanna Way

Our guide on the day we took the tour to Undara was Julian – one of the knowledgeable Savanna Guides allowed to take tours there – a fun fella who looked after us really well and answered all our questions.

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After doing the Crater Rim walk it was off to the actual caves – walking along bush tracks that had been kept to a minimum width to not disturb or affect the land in any way.    That way the cave entrances are not evident – known only to the guides.


We visited a couple of the big caves and as you can see had to negotiate our way down the rocky entrances very carefully – some were bigger openings than others, all surrounded by forest, but if you look really hard you can see Julian standing alongside the rope ladders ready to lend a hand whenever it was needed.  These are from both our cameras, they turned out a little dark so I’ve altered the exposures by hand.  Enlarging them (with a click) will make them clearer

So once our eyes had become adjusted and with the help of the fabulous little torches we were loaned we were eager to see what was hidden down there.

Rather than just write loads of information in the post I’ decided to put lots of links in.  Do click some of them to see what it was all about.
More to come next time
See you then

6 thoughts on “Light at the end of the tunnel”

  1. Oh, what fun! I imagine it was difficult getting out of there, eh? Maybe it’s just me. So neat that you could go in there! Your pictures are fine, good job with that lighting!

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  2. Reminds me of the Buchan caves. The only thing I was really worried about was the thought of an earthquake and being buried down there. But your caves look more open, at least to start. Fascinating trip Cathy.

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  3. Amazing place! Must have been really interesting. Thanks for stopping by Cathy and letting me know about the mix-up in my blog roll. I have put it right now.

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  4. Amazing fun. Love the railway carriages and would have stayed there all day instead of going in those caves. Yikes! It gave me claustrophobia just thinking about the possibility of a cave-in. You are quite the adventurer and definitely have much greater mobility than I.

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