Pack a picnic lunch or maybe some smoko and do the drive to Elizabeth Creek some 40K NW of Mt Surprise town. There is plenty of space to enjoy the creek area whether it is flowing or not. This is not a fossicking area so no fossicking licence is required unless you decide to travel on 3-4K to the diggings.
UNDARA LAVA TUBES
A truly unique experience. Approximately 55K east of Mt Surprise easily accessed on bitumen road. Tours are run frequently throughout the winter season to make it easy for you to experience and learn about the tubes and the geology of the area.
Visit their website for more info: www.undara.com.au
CHILLAGOE MARBLE AND CAVES
Visiting this area you get to experience some of the hidden Savannah Land. Approximately 199K on gravel road through cattle stations where you will find great spots to take a break and enjoy. The Chillagoe cave tours run frequently through the winter season. There is also a lot of history to catch up on from the copper smelting days. Call into the Hub where they will be able to help you.
This working cattle station opens its doors for visitors to enjoy the wide expanses that our cattle stations need. Relax and learn about the geology and history of the region whilst travelling in a quiet boat that takes you down the gorge. The peace and tranquillity can be quite consuming. Back at the main reception centre you will find lots of fun activities to have a go at.
Visit their website for more information: www.cobboldgorge.com.au
EINASLEIGH, COPPERFIELD GORGE AND HISTORIC KIDSTON GOLD MINE
This tiny town has a big history from the copper mining days. Just down the road from the pub there is an access point to the Copperfield Gorge. The rock has worn away to leave a huge gorge where the Copperfield River flows peacefully. A short drive will take you to the historic area of Kidston gold mine, all privately owned and run cattle stations now but you get to see some amazing country.
GEORGETOWN AND TERRESTRIAL CENTRE
This is the main town in the Etheridge Shire. The Terrestrial Centre is the information centre for the region along with the library and internet access. It houses an amazing display of some 4500 mineral samples. There is a gold room and a fluorescence room so you can get the full experience from our mineral wealth in the region.
A pretty little outback town with relics of a by gone era in gold mining. The great pub has been fully renovated recently but still retains its wonderful atmosphere. Its also a great place for lunch and refreshments. Take a break relax and talk with the locals.
WHEN TO GO?
The winter months are the coolest and the driest so between Easter and the end of September are the most popular times with June/July/August being the busiest. The gem-fields are open all year but due to seasonal rains making the tracks impassable and creeks flooded along with tropical heat making it very hard to enjoy physical pursuits we would definitely advise people to take care and research carefully. Its always good to talk with the locals.
Fossicking licences are sold at the shop. This licence can be used to access any of the designated fossicking areas within Queensland. Be Aware each state has its own rules and regulations.
A great day out for the family. Why not go out and discover some of the exclusive bird life we have to discover here at Mount Surprise. Click here for a list of birds you might find.