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Mount Surprise Gems
Mount Surprise Gems
Mount Surprise Gems
Map of The Gem Den
Garland Street
Mount Surprise
Queensland 4871 Australia

The Gem Den
Mount Surprise, Gulf Savannah

Free Entry

07 4062 3055


Mount Surprise Gems is Far North Queensland's only fossicking information hub. Take a tour to their mining claim. Or go it alone and hire or buy your own equipment. There is plenty of information available covering the six gem and gold fossicking areas and the possibility of finding topaz, aquamarine, quartz, peridot, moonstone, agate, fluorite and gold is enormous.

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At the shop see how gems are cut and set. Have some fun with the 'stake a claim' pits or try your luck with a bucket of wash. They'll show you what to do. There's plenty for all the family to do.

The cafe is set amongst native gardens with giant games, and murals depicting the strong mining history of the region. Coffee is served from breakfast through to dinner with home made meals and treats always available. Plenty of jewellery, gifts and souvenirs are for sale.

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Property Details


  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • Cafe
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Parking for the Disabled
    Disabled Parking
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre


  • Birdwatching
  • Fossicking
  • Shopping

Open Times

April to October 0700 till 1900. Other times by arrangement only.

Other Information

Children are welcome.

Facilities are available for guests with a disability.

Pets Allowed:
Yes. Pets are allowed, however they must remain on a leash.

How To Get There

Travel the Savannah Way (Gregory Development Road) from Cairns in a south-west direction for approximately 320 kilometres. Mount Surprise Gems is the first business on the left in Mount Surprise.

Tariff Text

Entry is free; however costs apply for the gem fossicking tour.

Free Entry

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