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ABOUT Surat

Fresh air and great fishing are two good reasons to spend some time in the picturesque little town of Surat, midway between St George and Roma on the Great Inland Way.

But they’re not the only things you’ll find in this relaxed river town. Take your time to soak up the history of Cobb & Co, unwind on a river walk or picnic in the tranquil surrounds of the Balonne’s riverside parklands.

Early mornings are gold for birdwatchers. Active types can get out on the river water skiing or jetskiing and then there’s the fishing. The Balonne is an angler’s paradise and locals are only too happy to swap fishing tips and recommend favourite spots to wet a line.

Steeped in history with links to Cobb & Co and the ‘boom time’ of the wool-growing industry, Surat is a ‘must-see’ for any history buff. Here you’ll get a taste of life as it used to be. The Cobb & Co Changing Station, the original site of the Cobb & Co Store and a ‘drop-off’ point for coach travellers and goods, houses a museum of regularly changing displays depicting the lifestyles of yesteryear including a 14-seater Cobb & Co coach.

The complex houses the Surat on Balonne Gallery, featuring local and travelling exhibitions, and the Window to the Balonne Aquarium – a 25,000 litre fresh water aquarium displaying a range of native fish species.

Make a visit to the Aboriginal Interpretative Shelter, which displays family histories of Aboriginal families who lived on the site in the mid 1900s.

Nature lovers and photographers visiting from January to May will love Beranga Creek with its blanket of colourful water lillies.

Places to stay near Surat

Things to see and do near Surat

While at Surat why not try these Tours

Roma Saleyards Val Harms Interactive Centre

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The Roma Saleyards are the largest cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere, seeing over 400,000 cattle a year.

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Boobook Explore

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Find inspirational small-group experiences revealing the unique landscapes, ecology and history of the southwest Outback Queensland region, including Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

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Sandytown River Cruises

110 km

Sandytown River Cruises offers visitors an opportunity to experience the beautiful Balonne River, a small but important part of Queensland’s inland river system.

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Cotton Farm and Vineyard Tour

110 km

Don’t miss out on experiencing the Cotton Farm and Winery Tour held from May to September.

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St George Heritage Tour

110 km

Discover the stories and legends of St George, including a visit to the Anchorage Homestead with a fully guided tour including morning tea.

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Riversands Vineyards Tours

112 km

Riversands Vineyards in conjunction with the St George Explore Centre run a combined cotton farm & vineyard tour from April to September.

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Nullawokka First Nations Tours

185 km

Nullawokka First Nations Tours is based in Bollon, south west Queensland. The company is owned and operated by Bill Speedy.

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WWII Secret Tag-A-Long Tour – Charleville

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Discover why over 3500 United States Army Air Force personnel were stationed in Charleville during World War II.

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Charleville’s ‘Magnificent 7’

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Discover stars, WWII secrets and bilbies for starters on Charleville’s ‘Magnificent 7’ day tour in Outback Queensland. Morning tea, lunch and transfers included.

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Charleville Bilby Experience

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See bilbies in their nocturnal house and learn how our breeding facilities are making a massive difference at saving them from extinction.

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Outback Date Farms

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Outback Date Farms is an Australian, family run enterprise based in Charleville, Queensland. We grow delicious eating dates. The farm is environmentally friendly, utilising recycled

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Travel West Outback Tours

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Travel West operate Four Wheel Drive Motel Accommodated Tag Along Tours to Birdsville, Innamincka and the Corner Country.

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