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The township of Surat can be found 78kms south of Roma, along the Carnarvon Highway. The community of Surat is centred around the historical site of a Cobb and Co. changing station.

The area of Surat was explored by Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1846, who travelled along the Balonne River. A year later, that area was classified as Maranoa East. In 1850a township site was to be chosen for Maranoa East, arranged by Mitchell. The Balonne River was chosen as the appropriate location. The site was later named Surat – named after the town in West India.

Local Government Information

The Maranoa is a dynamic and vibrant regional community in the South West of Queensland. From a proud history built around agriculture and mining, the region continues to grow and prosper today. Visitors are invited to enjoy a diverse range of experiences, from tranquil natural environments with superb and magnificent sandstone formations, to interpretative displays which celebrate the culture and history of the region.

Maranoa Regional Council

Attractions to see while in Surat: Cobb and Co. changing station museum, Aboriginal Traditional Campsite and Interpretative Shelter, Beranga Creek Waterlillies, Surat Riverside Parklands, Balonne River, Astor Theatre, Shire Hall, Surat on Balonne Art Gallery and the Cobb and Co Way.

Bite to eat? Check out the Wagon Wheel Cafe, Surat Bowls Club or the Timber Crate.

Need a place to stay? Cobb and Co Country Motel, Royal Hotel Motel and the Surat Caravan Park.

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