My friend and I stayed at Undara Lodge for two nights for the Outback Rock & Blues Festival, this time. Due to overbooking, we were upgraded from a Quad Tent to two twin Railway Carriages. Although the rooms are comfortable, they are very small and expensive considering you only have two beds, one powerpoint, one fan and not much else. We were extremely pleased to have one room each as there would not have been sufficient room for our two suitcases. There are four rooms per carriage and the end rooms contain en-suites. The two middle rooms have no en-suite but there are plenty of amenities blocks close to each carriage. Personally, we prefer the Quad Tents, but it is a novelty to stay in an old railway carriage, and I think that is what you pay for.
We did not have the bush breakfast but did dine in the restaurant one evening. The meals are simple and expensive but contain good fresh quality products. The restaurant also has complimentary tea/coffee available all day.
We did three walks over the three days - Atkinson's Lookout - Basalt Ridge via the Swamp Track returning to the lodge via Bluff's Rock - Kalkani Crater. I am overweight and not super-fit, and I thoroughly enjoyed all three tracks.
What I enjoy about Undara Lodge the most is that no matter how many people are there (200 for the festival), nothing is ever over-crowded and you feel like you are there with only the few people that you pass on the walking tracks.
I can't wait for our next visit later this year - for Opera in the Outback!
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- UNDARA EXPERIENCE – AUSTRALIA’S ACCESSIBLE OUTBACK! Only 3½ hours drive from Cairns and four hours from Townsville in Tropical North Queensland Australia, Undara can be easily accessed via the Savannah Way by conventional vehicle and is situated right on the edge of the Undara Volcanic National Park. The Undara Lava Tubes are a world class natural geological phenomenon. Huge tubes formed approximately 190,000 years ago; molten lava drained out under a thick cooler crust, leaving a series of long, hollow tubes. Today, Undara’s highly trained Savannah Guides conduct small group tours from the natural Bush Resort, into the lava tubes where visitors marvel at this incredible geological wonder. Booking Essential ... more less
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