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.
Temperatures for Surat
Surat has moderate summer temperatures. The summer high temperature for Surat is approximately 26 °c. The summer low temperature is approximately 14 °c.
Surat has warm winter temperatures. The winter high temperature for Surat is approximately 20 °c. The winter low temperature is approximately 9 °c.
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