Award-winning wildlife encounters attract adventure travellers
Travellers who shy away from trawling the tourist routes in favour of undiscovered wilderness experiences are turning to Queenslandâ€™s Hidden Jewel Award-winner, Undara Experience.
In a remote Queensland location, during the traditional low season â€“ December to March â€“ nature-lovers can experience wildlife at its most intriguing.
In the Volcanic National Park on the edge of the Gulf Savannah, â€˜night tigersâ€™ (brown tree snakes) hang from the entrance of lava tubes at dusk, waiting to strike out and capture the micro bats that fly out in search of food.
The lava tubes, left from volcanic eruptions some 190,000 years ago, are the eerie home to thousands of bats.
The snakes, completely uninterested in humans, simply recoil after their feed and lie in wait for the following eveningâ€™s feast.
â€œThe lava tubes are immense â€“ itâ€™s like walking into a cathedral,â€ said Undaraâ€™s Marcus Brady.
â€œOur Savannah Guides bring alive their interpretation of what happened here geologically 190,000 years ago â€“ just one of the many fascinating aspects of the tours.â€
This is just one of the â€œWildlife at Sunsetâ€ encounters available to Undara guests exploring the tropical savannah woodlands with the knowledgeable Savannah Guides.
Visitors regularly spot the common wallaroo, Mareeba rock wallaby, antilopine, rat kangaroo and the oldest and smallest of the kangaroo family, the Great Eastern.
By searching out the animals at night by torchlight, thereâ€™s also a good chance of seeing numerous insects and their prey â€“ the tawny frogmouth and Boobrook owls.
Encounters like these are bringing visitors into North Queensland at a time of year that has been traditionally quiet â€“ creating a whole new holiday experience for nature-loving travellers.
Outback Country Rock & Blues
Complementing the wildlife tours, Undaraâ€™s Outback Country Rock and Blues (CR&B) is a new annual music event â€“ the first held in May 2007.
â€œWe organized the first CR&B event earlier this year and it was a tremendous success,â€ said Marcus.
â€œThe artists came from all over Australia as well as New Zealand, and the response to the event was amazing. Undara is a fantastic place to hold it â€“ and it was so successful weâ€™re going to repeat it each year.â€
Guests of Undara Experience can choose from carefully restored turn-of-the-century railway carriages shaded by gum trees, and the fully-equipped camping area with the Swags Tent Village, which incorporates comfortable â€˜off-the-groundâ€™ tents and beds.
â€œWe offer a total wilderness experience,â€ said Marcus. â€œItâ€™s the simplicity of the place thatâ€™s so appealing. That and the old-fashioned hospitality we offer: campfire evenings, dining on some of the regionâ€™s best produce including Undaraâ€™s own beef and sausages, a quiet drink in the bar as the sunset fades â€“ itâ€™s a bit of Australiana.â€
Multi-award winning Undara captures the essence of the real Australian Outback a range of tours that provide an insight into the geology, ecology, local history and bush craft of this vast region.
Undara Experience is the Queensland winner of the PublicityShip Hidden Jewel Awards.
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