Surat Revealed

Step back in time with a visit to the picturesque township of Surat.

On the Great Inland Way, 78km from Roma, Surat offers visitors a chance to explore its pioneering history and learn about the town’s significant involvement during the Cobb & Co era, just a stone’s throw from the banks of the Balonne River.

What To Do

A visit to this fascinating complex gives you free entry to a dynamic social history museum which houses, among other displays, a 14-seat replica Cobb & Co Coach, a 25,000L freshwater aquarium, the Surat on Balonne Art Gallery, and the Surat Library.

 The Parklands provide a serene environment in which to relax, play, discover and exercise along the River Walk, explore the proud ANZAC history in Memorial Park. Or to follow the Warroo History garden walk in Lions Park.

The Freedom Tree is a Community Memorial dedicated to the gallant young men and women from Surat, who enlisted in any of the armed services in any conflict and saw active duty (served in a war zone) and returned home or not. Located in Surat Memorial park.

Gives a glimpse into the Cobb & Co past when young saplings of Cyprus Pine were laid down in wet and boggy areas to allow a coach to travel through.


Spot the local species of fish in the 250,000-litre freshwater aquarium at the Cobb & Co Changing Station.

Head to Surat Riverside Parklands for a picnic along the Balonne River. The river is a popular place for bird watching, bushwalking, fishing and water sports in summer, with playgrounds and exercise equipment for the whole family.

There’s more than meets the eye in Roma – come and visit and let us reveal the treasures of Roma and the surrounding region.

You’re invited to relive the history of an Australian icon, with a journey along the Cobb & Co Way. This 76km journey provides a wonderful insight into the lifestyle of early settlers and the journey of passengers using the coach service. The last Cobb & Co mail service in Australia travelled from Surat to Yuleba on 14 August 1924.

In 1921, residents in the Surat district were still receiving their mail via Cobb & Co Coach, while residents in other remote locations such as Longreach, were receiving their mail via aeroplane.

Surat is the oldest existing town in the Maranoa. The township of Surat was originally referred to as Yalculba in very early correspondence, however, suddenly the title changed to Surat.

Where to Stay

Motels, Hotels & Caravan Parks

Surat Caravan Park

Burrowes St, Surat

Visit website

07 4626 5218


Cobb & Co Country Motel

47-49 Charlotte St, Surat

07 4626 5533


New Royal Hotel

Burrowes St, Surat

Visit website

07 4626 5310

Free Camping

Fisherman’s Park

Carnarvon Hwy, Surat

Toilet provided, no power.

Where to Eat


Surat Bowls Club

Marcus Street, Surat

(07) 4626 5169

Friday night only


The New Royal Hotel

63 Burrowes Street, Surat

(07) 4626 5310

Coffee Shop

The Timber Crate

63 Burrowes Street, Surat

(07) 4626 5151

Coffee Shop

Wagon Wheel Café

66 Burrows Street, Surat

(07) 4626 5360



Surat MPHS

2 Ivan St, Surat QLD 4417


The Pantry

Burrowes St Surat


Surat Pharmacy


Wagon Wheel café

Burrowes Street, Surat