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.replacenewlinereplacenewlineThe 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.replacenewlinereplacenewlineBy car, Mount Surprise lies about 4 hours' drive south-west of Cairns.

Images around Mount Surprise QLD 4871

Around Mount Surprise QLD 4871

Our Picks on what to Do in Mount Surprise QLD

Undara Experience

Undara Volcanic National Park

Forty Mile Scrub National Park

Our Picks on where to Stay in Mount Surprise QLD

Planet Earth Adventures

Mount Surprise Tourist Van Park Motel & BP Roadhouse

Bedrock Village

Planet Earth Adventures

Our Picks on what to Eat in Mount Surprise QLD

Mount Surprise Tourist Van Park Motel & BP Roadhouse

Shopping in Mount Surprise QLD

Community Services  

Mount Garnet Visitor Information Centre and Museum
Lot 2, Kennedy Highway,

Etheridge Shire Council
41 Saint George Street,

Mount Surprise Police Station
2 Garland Street,

Location Information 

  • Elevation: 453
  • Population: 306
  • State electorate(s): Traeger
  • Federal Division(s): Kennedy
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

Travel To  

Cairns QLD 4870 (379 km, 5 hrs 4 mins)
Croydon QLD 4871 (362 km, 4 hrs 40 mins)
Ravenshoe QLD 4888 (263 km, 3 hrs 21 mins)
Acknowledgement of Country

Mount Surprise QLD is located on the following Aboriginal Nation/s. acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.