Discover the golden heart of the Gulf, as Etheridge Shire is affectionately referred to, in a nod to its central Gulf positioning and gold rush and mining history.
Consisting of the four main townships of Forsayth, Georgetown, Einasleigh and Mt Surprise, the shire is rich with natural and cultural attractions and worth exploring, so be sure to plan your itinerary allowing plenty of time to get to know the people and places of our beautiful Etheridge Shire. The main attractions, other than Cobbold Gorge, are Undara Lava Tubes (pictured at top of page), gem and agate fossicking, gold prospecting, bird watching plus the regions unique history and culture.
Like Cobbold Gorge, the Undara Lava Tubes were ‘discovered’ on a private property and are accessible only on guided tour. They’re widely recognised as being one of the world’s oldest and best-preserved lava tube systems. The Undara Experience offers guests warm, country hospitality and an amazing outback adventure.
Talaroo Hot Springs is another ‘must visit’ place on your Savannah Way journey, with incredible guided tours and accommodation, plus of course – the fabulous hot springs.
And if you’re wanting to strike it rich, or just spend some time fossicking for semi-precious gemstones or agates, then the Etheridge Shire is the place to be. Gold nuggets of varying size are still being found around Forsayth, while the relatively nearby Agate Creek offers first class agates and thunder eggs. O’Brien’s Creek near Mount Surprise regularly rewards fossickers with topaz, aquamarine, rock crystal and smoky quartz. For more information on things to see and do in the Etheridge Shire, check out Unearth Etheridge or download the Lava Tubes, Gems and Gorges Trail map and information below.
Start planning your trip to our Etheridge Shire, the golden heart of the Gulf.
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