Mount Surprise

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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

Undara Volcanic National Park

Situated on the McBride Volcanic Province, the Undara Volcanic National Park is 40 klm east of Mount Surprise, with evidence of volcanic activity from 164 craters.

One of the most recent and major eruptions 190,000 years ago produced 23 cubic kilometres of lava, most of which flowed down the western side of the Great Divide. This flow created a geological phenomenon now known as the Undara Lava tubes. The tubes acted as conduits distributing lava over 100 klm from the crater, the longest flow in the world from a single volcano.

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