Undara Experience

9th 10th August, 2015.

As we only had a short distance to travel from our overnight camp to Undara, there was no hurry to get on the road. All the same, we arrived at Undara by 10.15am to find the place already hopping and check in was not till 11am. We were given a mud map and information on walks and asked to park in the day visitor area for long vehicles and to come back to register after 11am. Unfortunately, the day area was already full. As this was close to the unpowered camping area which was almost empty, we decided to park in one of the bays until check in time. We found such a good spot that we decided it would be an ideal campsite for our stay. Noting down the site number, we let Reception know and they confirmed that the site was available for our two night stay. I also noticed they do gas bottle refills at $3.20 per kg which is quite cheap for a remote area so we left our empty bottle to be filled while we went on one of their walking tracks.

The reception area is housed in an old Railway Carriage.

As is the building containing travel brochures and reading material.

There are lots of accommodation options here. These refurbished railway carriages offer a different experience from the small, more modern cottages for travelers without their own RV. There is also a large powered camping area and the unpowered camping area where we parked.

There were 4 or 5 different marked walking tracks and we chose the one that took us to the Bluff with a return walk through open Eucalypt forest. This is very dry Savannah country but the rock formations were interesting and as always there was plenty of wildlife.

This lovely Grevillea is not one I have seen before. The butterfly certainly loved it.

Lots of Rainbow Lorikeets feasting on the flowering Grevilleas.

I think this is a Peaceful Dove.

The Noisy Friarbirds also enjoyed the Grevilleas.

After our walk we checked in, booked our Lava Tubes tour for the next morning and picked up our now full gas bottle. Most of the staff are young foreigners on working holidays. Erich asked our young British receptionist about the work and was told they work 10 days on and have 4 days off. When asked what she does on her days off, she replied that she slept one whole day and then spent the other days taking walks around the property and relaxing. There is nowhere much to go in this fairly remote spot and she was keen to save her money to spend on future travel.

Some more of the feathered inhabitants.

Lots of Pied Currawongs hang around the open air café hoping to pick up a feed.

Plenty of Kookaburras too.

The same photo in greyscale.

Squatter pigeon.

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