Etheridge Shire is affectionately referred to as the golden heart of the Gulf, a nod to its central Gulf positioning and gold rush and mining history. Consisting of four main townships, Forsayth, Georgetown, Einasleigh and Mt Surprise, the shire is rich with natural and cultural attractions. Make sure you plan your trip, to allow plenty of time to get to know the people and places of our beautiful Etheridge Shire. The main attractions, other than Cobbold Gorge, are the Undara Lava Tubes (pictured at top of page), gem and agate fossicking, gold prospecting, bird watching and the 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 are widely recognised as being one of the world’s oldest and best-preserved lava tube systems. The Undara Experience is family owned and operated and offers guests warm, country hospitality and an amazing outback adventure.

For those 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, visit the Unearth Etheridge website or download the Lava Tubes, Gems and Gorges Trail map and information below. We look forward to seeing you in the Etheridge Shire, the golden heart of the Gulf.

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