Mount Surprise has been surprising people with its wealth of history, gems, natural beauty and unusual landscape for the past 150 or so years.
In Mount Surprise itself, see military airstrips from the second world war and visit the railway station display. Wander through town and read the heritage signs. Also see the Anzac Memorial - a pink granite rock - in the community park. It’s also a good spot for a barbecue.
For a hands-on attraction, try your luck looking for topaz, aquamarine and beryl at O’Brien’s Creek Gemfields. Chillagoe- famous for its marble mines, Aboriginal caves and scenic areas - is accessible as a day trip. Check road conditions before setting out. Or spend a day at Innot Hot Springs - have a spa!
The phenomenon known as the Undara Lava Tubes is situated southeast of Mount Surprise and is the longest lava flow from a single volcano in the world.
It’s 190,000 years old … and piling fascination upon fascination, unusual rainforests and rare animal life have flourished where collapses of the lava shell have occurred over time. The only way to see the tubes is via a tour conducted by award-winning Savannah Guides at Undara Experience. This year Undara celebrates its quarter century of tours and accommodation in this very special part of the bush.
Enjoy the iconic Bush Breakfast with billy tea over the campfire at the ringers’ camp. Admire the spectacular sunset on the famous two-hour Wildlife at Sunset Tour. In summer, the Wildlife at Sunset tour includes the chance to see tiny insect-eating microbats flying out from inside the lava tubes. And any time is a good time to relax to the sounds of the bush at the licensed bar and bistro.
Accommodation comes in a variety of offerings from luxury railway carriages to Pioneers Huts to the Swags Tent village and camping sites.
TerrEstrial (Visitor Information Centre, Georgetown)
Phone (within Australia) 07 4062 1485