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Friday, May 23, 2008

The weather is changing and we are beginning to feel a nip in the air. Early mornings sees most of our Zookeepers arriving in jumpers while the park has been covered in a blanket of fog until 9.00am most mornings.

Work is almost complete on our Zulu Bar, which will be used for our new dining experience “Dinner on the Edge”. Guests will have welcome drinks and canapés on the deck of the Zulu Bar overlooking our large lion enclosure. They are then escorted into an airlock inside our lion enclosure where a chef will prepare dinner, all under the gaze of our three large male lions. If that’s not enough excitement, just as dinner is served, we will release the largest pride of lions in Australasia. Fifteen lions will come pounding towards the airlock where their dinner is also waiting (on the outside, of course!) Listen to the roar of the lions as you complete your dinner with the Pride.

This is truly a unique experience. Dinner on the Edge commences 1st June 2008.

Friday, May 16, 2008


“When this thing erupted, it went off its face - it sent out 23 cubic kilometres of lava”, said Levi, rolling out the cheese and bikkies atop a rocky bluff in the Undara Volcanic National Park.

“It was Mother Nature’s power chuck.”

Levi, whose name is an anagram of evil, has a wicked sense of humour. He also has a way with people, which might be why he collected a Cairns Tourism Assocation award recently.

The many kilometres of dramatic lava tubes for which the volcanic park is famous were formed in an eruption about 190,000 years ago. They were created when the top layer of flowing lava cooled and crusted, leaving the lava flow inside to drain away and leave kilometres of massive, hollow tubes.

The tours visit up to five sections of the lava tube network and offer a comprehensive introduction to the geology, history and ecology of the area, including a rare chance, mainly in summer, to see snakes, suspended from tree branches, catching micro-bats as they leave their cave to feed at sunset.

This is one of Queensland’s tourism spectacles and well worth the trip to Undara alone, but a drive of a few days out of Cairns that takes in the Atherton Tableland, Chillagoe Limestone Caves and the Historic Mining Districts around Irvinebank, Herberton and Ravenshoe. offers one of the best soft drive experiences in the state! 

John Write - The Courier Mail - May 9th 2008

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