Mount Surprise


Mount Surprise is a raiway town on the old Cairns to Forsayth railway line and is the first Gulf Savannah town encountered by visitors approaching from the east.

It is the centre for gem fossicking with topaz, quartz, spinel, garnet, cairngorm and acquamarine to be found. 

Mount Surprise sits on the edge of the immense Undara lava field aused by ancient volcanic eruptions in the McBride Plateau. The surrounding country is flat, wooded savannah grasslands with isolated hills.

Mount Surprise

Undara Volcanic National Park