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Surat, QLD

The town of Surat, situated on the banks of the Balonne River, is the centre of the picturesque Warroo Shire, an ideal place to enjoy a little country relaxation. Its position on the Great Inland Way between Roma and St George makes it an ideal stop for visitors heading north from New South Wales.

Founded in 1849 after Sir Thomas Mitchell passed through the area, Surat is also the site of the very last Cobb and Co. coach run.

The Cobb & Co. Changing Station Complex in Surat incorporates the Cobb & Co. Store Museum, the Balonne River Gallery, the window to the Balonne Freshwater Aquarium, the Warroo Shire Library and the Information Centre. In days gone by, the building served as a change over station for travellers and their horses to refresh during long journeys.

On display in the Cobb & Co. Store Museum are progressively changing displays depicting the lifestyles of yesteryear, giving you an insight into the area’s social history. Also on display is a 14 seater working Cobb & Co. Coach. The Balonne River Gallery proudly showcases local artists, as well as travelling art exhibitions featuring well-known artists.

In the 25,000 litre freshwater fish aquarium ‘The Window to the Balonne’ you’ll see Murray Cod, Yellowbelly and many other freshwater fish species. As you enter the complex the magnificent floor to ceiling mural of the Balonne River bank will captivate you.

Surat is home to Villacoola Winery. Taste the award winning wines at Surat’s boutique winery, Villacoola. Open for wine tastings and sales, this cool oasis is situated on the banks of the Balonne River.

Surat has some great fishing thanks to the local Fishing and Restocking club. The club regularly restocks Surat’s gorgeous stretch of the Balonne River with Murray Cod and Yellowbelly fingerlings.

Nearest Airport: Surat Unlicensed Airport

Where to stay?


  • Caravan and Camping
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Farm/Station
  • Farm/Station
  • Homestay
  • Rural/Country
  • Cultural
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
  • Relaxation

Popular Activities

  • Off Road Driving
  • Mountain Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Bush Walking
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing - Estuary
  • Fruit Picking
  • Golfing
  • Kayaking
  • Skating
  • Skiing - Water
  • Swimming
  • Wine Tasting
  • Golfing
  • Winery
  • Adventure
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Off Road Driving
  • Outback
  • Wildlife

About Surat

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Surat Postcode: 4417
  • State: Queensland
  • Region: Southern Queensland Country
  • Latitude: -27.15256
  • Longitude: 149.07045
  • Elevation: 248m
  • Population: 407
  • Median Income: $29640
  • Area (Sq/km): 2.108
  • Timezone: Australia/Brisbane

Tours In Surat

Discover some of the tours options around Surat

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


Glasshouse Mountains

The Glasshouse Mountains in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are actually the cores of 20 million year old volcanoes. The sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only the hardened rock spiremountain cores we see today. Learn more about this awe-inspiring landscape.

Glasshouse Mountains