Mount Surprise is a railway town on the Cairns to Forsayth Railway and is the first town within the Gulf Savannah encountered by visitors approaching from the east. It is a centre for gem fossicking, with quantities of topaz, quartz, spinel, garnet, cairngorm and aquamarine to be found. Mount Surprise sits on the edge of an immense lava flow from an ancient volcano to the south east. The surrounding country is flat, wooded savannah grasslands, with isolated hills.
The Gulf Savannah is an interesting region to visit all year, however, during the monsoon season, transportation methods must be carefully considered, as some parts of the Gulf Savannah region suffer from a lack of road infrastructure.
By car, Mount Surprise lies about 4 hours’ drive south-west of Cairns.
Mount Surprise is a small Queensland Rural Location within the local government area of Etheridge, it is located approximately 1357kms from the capital Brisbane covering an area of 3613.136 square kilometres. Mount Surprise has a recorded population of 169 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Standard Time zone Australia/Brisbane.
If you are planning a visit to Mount Surprise we’ve put together some of the things nearby that you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Mount Surprise and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.