Mount Surprise

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.

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Somerset Dam

Kilcoy, Somerset Area
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Water babies - grab your gear and get moving to Somerset Dam. Approximately one hour from Brisbane in Somerset , and neatly cradled by a ring of surrounding hills, conditions there are perfect for water skiing, wake-boarding, sailing and fishing.

Mount Mee

Mount Mee, Moreton Bay Area
Overlooking the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains, Mount Mee is approximately 90 minutes drive north west of Brisbane and is part of the beautiful D'Aguilar Range. The delightfully bohemian village of Woodford is just 10 minutes drive to the north.

Mount Glorious

Mount Glorious, Moreton Bay Area
Glorious by name, glorious by nature. Tenderly embraced by lush rainforest, the endearing mountain hamlet of Mount Glorious is just 45 minutes drive from Brisbane on the magnificent D'Aguilar Range. Accessed by a winding mountain road, the tiny village is surrounded by mountainous National Park and protected forests.

Esk

Esk, Somerset Area
Nestled beneath the magnificent Glen Rock, Esk is a beautifully kept town with a range of cafes, gift and antique stores and sites to explore. As you drive into Esk, leave your cares and worries behind you.

Savages Crossing

Fernvale, Somerset Area
Free Entry
Looking for a quiet spot to drop a line or take the canoe or kayak out for a spin? Fish where the locals fish and visit Savages Crossing. Located along Banks Creek Rd, its just a short five minute drive from the township of Fernvale.

Toogoolawah

Toogoolawah, Somerset Area
Step back in time and experience the town of Toogoolawah. Begin your journey to the past at the Toogoolawah Condensery Art Precinct. Experience old meets new as you walk through the old factory packing shed whilst viewing exhibitions of modern art.

Lake Wivenhoe

Lake Wivenhoe, Somerset Area
Lake Wivenhoe is the largest lake in South East Queensland and provides more than half of the region's drinking water. The lake has six recreation areas; Cormorant Bay, Logan's Inlet, Hamon Cove, O'Shea's Crossing, Branch Creek and the Spillway Lookout.

Lake Somerset

Somerset Dam, Somerset Area
Free Entry
Lake Somerset is just south of Kilcoy and is a very popular boating and recreational spot. Motorised and non-motorised watercraft are allowed on Lake Somerset along with waterskiing, jet skiing, and wakeboarding.
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