Mount Surprise is the next town
heading west. Mount Surprise is also very small. Pretty much the main
strip, but meets the Bustout criteria.
The town was founded by
Ezra Firth, from the English county of Yorkshire, who along with his
family settled in the area in 1864. The discovery of gold in the 1880s
and the subsequent gold rush allowed Firth to sell his sheep to the
miners, convert his holding to cattle and become wealthy selling goods
to the miners.
The town is nearby the
Undara Volcanic National Park
and Forty Mile Scrub National Park. Other activities in the area
include gem fossicking and hot springs at nearby Tallaroo Station
The two museums are defintlly worth
having a look.
The Hotel has a great profile.
The Mount Surprise War Memorial is an
appropriate acknowledgement for the town.
Time your drive through for
refreshment at the pub, and check out the free minerals museum and get
to know the very interesting owner.