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Aug 31, 2016 - Undara Lava Tubes

Mount Surprise is adjacent to the Undara Volcanic National Park, which is the other reason I’m staying here. They run full-day tours from the caravan park here & it was really a full day – we left at 8:00am & didn’t get back until after 6:00pm, completely buggered. I’m told we walked approximately 9 km & did a lot of rock-hopping & scrambling to get down into the lava tubes. Some had steps & boardwalks but others didn’t. It was all totally worthwhile though. This area is dotted with volcanos but the lava tubes were formed by a single...

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Jun 17, 2016 - DAY 57

Day 57 Had a great breakfast that was provided by the camp hosts this cost $5. ahead and you could eat as much as you wanted. Did the Lava Tubes and it was very informative , onto Mount Surprise and camped , it rained overnight. My shoes were so wet that they were squelching and it took a day in the sun to dry them.

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RUSSANDY 2016

Jun 6, 2016 - Bedrock Village, Mt Surprise

Monday 6 June Had a sleep in after our coldest night on the road so far. It reached a low of 7d. at some stage during the night, and we were pleased we had swapped our light blankets for doonas. We have all enjoyed a quiet and restful day today. Could have done a couple of things, but have appreciated the break. Had a chance to catch up on some washing, always a good feeling. Sat around chatting over a coffee during the late morning. Marcel, Trudi and Don walked over to the "town" area for another visit there and pick up a couple of...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

Jun 6, 2016 - Mt Surprise

6/6/2016. Monday What a cold night! It was OK when we got up about 8.30am, after lying in bed listing to the chap next door put the feet up on his van - squeak, squeak, squeak. Grrr! We had a lazy day - Ian cleaned some dust and dirt out of the back of the car; I tidied our clothes in the van and swept the floor, time for morning coffee. I looked through about 100 photos and chose some to go in the last two days journal entries, sent journals, lunch time - I skipped it, Ian had toast - there's not a corner store or bakery nearby to buy...

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Jun 5, 2016 - Cobbold Gorge back to Mt. Surprise

5/6/2016 Sunday The most amazing thing happened this morning at 6.30am. Our mobile phone went off in the van, and normally we have to go up to the restaurant area for signal. When I checked, it was as I thought, and not good news. Ian's mum passed away early this morning, exactly 4 weeks after she fell and broke her hip. We had visited mum before we left Brisbane and said our goodbyes, and although expected, we were still saddened. The last 4 weeks haven't been easy for her, and I (Lorraine) in particular, am glad that she didn't linger on...

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Jun 5, 2016 - Cobbold Gorge to Mt Surprise

Sunday 5 June No need for an early start, and we enjoyed a leisurely pack up before departing this amazing place around 10am. We did a small detour into Forsayth and visited the Goldfields Hotel/caravan park/general store. The business was purchased by the Terry family (owners of Robin Hood Station/Cobbold Gorge) approx 13 months ago, has been renovated and is now a thriving little establishment, much to our surprise. Once again, we enjoyed chatting to all the staff who are so happy in their jobs. Having met and toured with Simon Terry...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

May 31, 2016 - Mt Surprise

Tuesday 31/5/2016 Another one of those lazy days where we just absorbed all around us. The sunshine, trees, birds, an emu and Shetland ponies and miniature horses in a fenced enclosure behind our vans, nature at work! This is a small horse stud, and the stallion was busy! We could hear the 'guard geese' honking, and watch the emu strut up and down along the fence-line. After a late rising, it seemed no time at all before it was morning tea time, followed by a walk around Mt Surprise. That didn't take long - it's a very small town, but...

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May 31, 2016 - Mt Surprise

Tuesday 31 May Off to a very relaxing start to the day! After a leisurely breakfast and an attack on the washing machine, we embarked on an exploratory tour of downtown Mt Surprise! It is a little bit of a surprise when you think of how small the town is! The primary school was in full swing as we passed by on a visit to the local gem shop that proved very interesting. We then proceeded down the main street (the highway!) all the way down to the police station at the other end of town! There is some wartime history here as the old telegraph...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

May 30, 2016 - Charters Towers to Mt. Surprise

30/5/2016 Monday Don made an early trip to buy fresh bread - shops aren't open here on Sunday's - remember when it was like that everywhere? We had planned on leaving at 8.30am and we were all ready to go when Ian was locking down the boot of the van, and one of the locks broke. Bother! He fiddled, and Don had a look, but they were unable to repair it, so out with the gaff tape for a quick fix to hold the door shut, and on our way about 8.45. 15 minutes is nothing when we had a 400km drive ahead of us. The day started out a little cooler...

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May 30, 2016 - Charters Towers to Mt Surprise

Monday 30th May Left Charters Towers a little later than planned after a couple of morning hiccups, but it was not a problem. It was quite cloudy as we set off, then lots of sunshine and blue skies before the clouds started rolling in again as we neared our destination. We enjoyed a very pleasant drive, the surrounding country looking excellent. They must have had some rain as the dams had plenty of water and all the cattle looked very healthy and contented. Discovered a great free camp area about 40kms north of Charters Towers at Fletcher...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

Jul 22, 2015 - Day 25 - 27 / Mt Surprise / Ulvara Lava Tubes

Mt Surprise consists really only of the Savannah Way for a distance of approximately 600 a 700 metres. It has 3 caravan parks, 2 servos, a P.O. cum shop, a cafe and a hotel. All of these apart from the hotel and servos shut down from about Nov. to March because caravaners stop coming during the wet season. Our C.P., Planet Earth, was great. It was very basic, as a lot of these little towns are but so friendly. Russell, the owner, does a snake talk most afternoons around 5:00 and this was very informative and I actually, not only touched a...

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Sep 14, 2014 - A pleasant one in Mt Surprise!

After leaving Hughenden we headed north to Mt Surprise. It was another tough dry day on the road - part sealed, part red dirt - on and off for the number of hours and no option to stop with any shade. Not far from Hughenden we stopped at Porcupine Gorge. One of the many great things about the trip has been meeting fellow travellers along the way. At Porcupine Gorge we chatted to a couple who had camped behind the BP Roadhouse in Mt Surprise and recommended it. We were planning on staying elsewhere but took their recommendation - and we are...

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Pep family road trip

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