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.

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Dread Sovereign: Jonathan McBurnie

Thuringowa Central, Townsville Area
Free Entry
3 November 2017 – 28 January 2018
Dread Sovereign demonstrates a reconfiguration of the act of drawing in response to digital technologies, culminating in what the artist terms ‘metadrawing.’ Within the exhibition, questions of genre, form and medium are abandoned for an interdisciplinary approach.

Australia XI versus England 4-day Cricket match

Thuringowa Central, Townsville Area
From AU$0.00 - 10.00
17 – 20 January 2018
November will bring international cricket to Riverway Stadium, when Cricket Australia Xl hosts the English Men’s Team in a four-day pre-Ashes series from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November 2017. This red ball (day match) four-day series will run in the immediate lead up to the opening Ashes Test Match at the Gabba, which is set to take place from 23 to 27 November 2017.

International Darts 2018

Annandale, Townsville Area
From AU$70 - 170
24 – 25 January 2018
It's time for a showdown that really hits the target. For the first time ever, the Townsville community will have the chance to see international champion dart players up close and personal! Come and join the action of one of the fastest growing sports and see for yourself why audiences are hailing pro darts as one of the best nights out by far.

Gold Coast SUNS versus Geelong Cats JLT Community Series, Townsville

Condon, Townsville Area
From AU$5 - 60
4 March 2018
See AFL live in North Queensland! Gold Coast SUNS take on the Geelong Cats, Sunday March 4, 3.35pm at Riverway Stadium, Townsville for the JLT community series. All Gold Coast SUNS 2018 Members receive free general admission entry, subject to capacity.

Gold Coast Suns versus Geelong Cats

Thuringowa Central, Townsville Area
4 March 2018
Riverway Stadium comprises of an Australian Football League (AFL) and cricket oval, a 1,000-seat grandstand and supporting facilities, the Riverway Oval, and cricket practice nets. Riverway Stadium has been home to AFL and cricket matches at local, regional, state and national levels.

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Cronulla Sharks

Kirwan, Townsville Area
9 March 2018
Witness the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2018! Following a successful season in 2017 and a second Grand Final appearance in three years, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2018 stronger than ever.

Neil Diamond 50 Year Anniversary Tour

Kirwan, Townsville Area
From AU$142.65 - 193.60
20 March 2018
Neil Diamond will perform on March 20 at Townsville's 1300SMILES Stadium as part of his wildly successful 50 Year Anniversary Tour. The tour will celebrate Neil Diamond’s incomparable 50 year career and hits spanning decades such as Cherry Cherry, Holly Holy, Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Solitary Man, Sweet Caroline, Love on the Rocks, Desiree and Shilo.

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Penrith Panthers

Kirwan, Townsville Area
29 March 2018
Witness the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2018! Following a successful season in 2017 and a second Grand Final appearance in three years, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2018 stronger than ever.

Elliot's Revenge Trail Run

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$30 - 40
8 April 2018
The Elliot's Revenge Trail Run is the second event in the Outer Limits Trail Run Series 2018. This run will take you through the beautiful Bowling Green Bay National Park, testing your stamina on steep hills and satisfying your sense of adventure with creek crossings and challenging trails.

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Canterbury Bulldogs

Kirwan, Townsville Area
14 April 2018
Witness the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2018! Following a successful season in 2017 and a second Grand Final appearance in three years, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2018 stronger than ever.
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