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Mount Surprise - Cities, Towns and Localities
Part of the ‘Gulf Savannah’ region, Mount Surprise is a small railway town that services the surrounding area.

Sitting on the edge of what was an immense lava flow from an ancient volcano to the east, it is closely located to the multi-award winning ‘Undara Experience’.

The area is also the centre for another popular tourist activity, gem fossicking, that includes garnet, quartz, topaz, spinel, cairngorm and aquamarine.

Another great way to visit Mount Surprise and surrounding area is via the increasingly popular ‘Savannahlander’, a train route that connects Cairns, Kuranda, Mareeba, Dimbulah, Almaden, Mount Surprise, Einasleigh, and Forsayth.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.
Information Centre Undara Volcanic National Park

The Gateway Discovery Centre - Cairns

Mount Surprise Attractions

Undara Lava Tubes
The Undara Lava Tubes were formed some 190,000 years ago when a major volcano in the McBride volcanic province erupted, its molten lava flowing down a dry river bed. As the top layer quickly cooled and crusted, the fiery magma below continued to flow through the tubes taking it further and further from the volcano.
Forty Mile Scrub National Park
60km east of Mount Surprise is an area of ancient rainforest, rare plant species found nowhere else in Australia inhabit this small remnant area of rainforest. Picnic facilities available.
Gemfields
The area around Mt Surprise is full of gems. Nearby is the O'Brien's Creek Gemfieleds, where Topaz can be bought. A little further and you will find the Agate Creek Gemfields.
Tallaroo Hot Springs
• Ph/Fax 07 4062 1221
Private property open 8am - 5pm during the winter months for visitors to their famous hot springs. 60 km east of Georgetown this strange landscaped country features 5 hot spring waterholes. Call for more information.
The Savannahlander
• Ph: +61 7 4053 6848 • Freecall: 1800 793 848 (within Australia) • Email (online form)
Or ‘Silver Bullet’ departs Mount Surprise twice weekly and takes you 120 km to Einasleigh and Forsayth, two very small old mining towns. The trip takes 5 hours. Driving to these towns is possible if you wish to risk very poor bumpy roads, not recommended during a wet season.
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Mount Surprise Distance

Distance to Mount Surprise
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Mount Surprise:
  Km
Atherton 219
Ayr 530
Bowen 645
Brisbane 1,720
Cairns 282
Ingham 338
  Km
Mission Beach 294
Mount Garnet 123
Ravenshoe 168
Townsville 450
Tully 243
Undara Volcanic NP 30
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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