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12: Overpriced caving

Undara to Normanton

overcast 22 °C
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Bush brekky at Undara. Watch out for sausage-snatching Kookaburras

Bush brekky at Undara. Watch out for sausage-snatching Kookaburras

Lava tube caves

Lava tube caves

Cave interior

Cave interior

Fold away washbasin in our railway carriage sleeper cabin

Fold away washbasin in our railway carriage sleeper cabin

Leaving our railway carriage accommodation

Leaving our railway carriage accommodation

Kalkani crater rim

Kalkani crater rim

Undara to Normanton
Our railway carriage proved a vastly overpriced and none too comfortable sleeping experience. The space was cramped, there was too much light getting past the blinds, there was no door to the “ensuite”. Maybe the experience was better while whooshing along the rails to exotic destinations. The original open-out wash basin was fun though.
Bush breakfast away from the lodge among rocks and trees was fun too. Whistling kites and Kookaburras stole bits of sausage if your attention lapsed. Billy coffee is fine, and very well-designed toasting forks ensured our breakfast didn’t fall in the camp fire.
We had a young, enthusiastic guide who was well-versed in the geology of the area. Basically, the “lava tubes” of Undara are very slickly marketed caves. Quite interesting though so we enjoyed the tour, despite today being one of the few overcast days of our trip. On our way out of Undara we hiked around the crater of one of the local volcanoes for a bit of exercise. For me, a highlight of the day was the Bustard strolling across the road. Lunch was at a low-key caravan park at Mount Surprise.
The road deteriorated after Mount Surprise, with many stretches of single-lane bitumen where you needed to get over on the gravel to pass oncoming Grey Nomads. Like other roads in Queensland, this one also had frequent stops for roadworks. It was quite late when we finally got to Normanton, and there was nowhere to stay except our hiking tent in the campground in a veritable sea of Grey Nomads. A proper outback pub around the corner (The Albion) was a saving grace though, and provided a good traditional “countery” and well-deserved (we thought) beer and sauv blanc.

Posted by Farhorizons 01:00 Archived in Australia Tagged hinchinbrookandcentre

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Wow! crikey! Awesome! Did we really do all that?

by Swoald

I didn't realise you were doing a travel blog, Sue ... They are hard work, aren!t they. But so muc fun for your readers, and helpful for your own memory on your return.

by Sue

Thanks for commenting Sue, yes, I thought I'd give it a go, mainly for my memory of the trip, but yes, it's hard work!

by Farhorizons

And it cuts into reading time!

by Sue

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