Now functioning like huge stormwater drains, the tubes collect and carry much of the summer rain. Over the years, the ceilings of the tubes have collapsed in many places, allowing vegetation to flourish in the damp interiors. Ribbons of emerald-green vine-thicket, contrasting with the surrounding dry savanna woodland, mark-out the courses of the tubes. The vine-thicket contains distinctive and ancient plants that have strong affinities with Gondwana species.
The Savannahlander stops for the night in Mt Surprise – about 30km from Undara. Due to the dangerous nature of the terrain and high carbon dioxide levels in some lava tubes access is only permitted on a guided tour. There are couple of ways for Savannahlander passengers to join a guided tour of the lava tubes.
You can spend the night at Undara Experience, which borders the national park, and do a tour of the tubes with them. Alternatively, you can stay at Mt Surprise with Bedrock Village Van Park and do a tour of the lava tubes from Mt Surprise.
Tours of Undara are available as an option with most packages that overnight in Mt Surprise on a Friday.