Like I said previously, not much here, but do take the walk up the side road from the Cobb & CO. centre to see the Shire Hall.
It is looking resplendant since a recent restoration, including a paint job.
Built in 1930, it has art deco styled architecture and has been the venue for many balls, dances, weddings and parties. It really is an unusual timber building, probably the most interesting one in Town.
On the clock face rather than the numerals is the name Alex J Simpson measuring the hours, I don't know who he is.
The main point of interest in Surat, is the Cobb & Co Store Museum, the Balonne River Gallery, a Fresh Water Aquarium and the Surat Visitor Information Centre all in the one complex, the Cobb & Co Changing Station.
I have not been inside, only looked in the windows, as every time we have been here, it has been closed. One day, I will strike it lucky!
From what I hear, there is a magnificent floor to ceiling mural.
I can tell you that for 40 years Cobb & Co coaches were delivering goods, passengers and mail along this route, and The Changing Ways permanent exhibition tells the local history of Cobb & Co. Also inside, is a replica 14-seater Cobb & Co coach.
It was 4 young Americans that founded Cobb & Co in 1853.
In Queensland they operated from 1866 to 1924, having 4 major routes throuogh the Balonne shire. The Balonne Shire, was the only one to have a full team of White Horses, what a sight it must have been! These horses worked the Surat to St. George line.
The Surat to St. George line, a route of 116kms would take 13 hours to complete.
Then, the motor car took over!
Open ....9.30 - 5pm weekdays & 10 - 4pm weekends & Public holidays.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.
The Surat area we noticed, had many different Trees along the roadside, that were not in other places, they were unique to this area.
The land had plenty of high grass, as there had been flooding rains earlier in the year.
There were huge areas planted with Sorghum, so if you see lots of Rusty Brown seed heads, then you are looking at Sorghum that is ready to be harvested.
June, and this is the month when the Bouganvillea bushes are in full bloom. They like the heat, and do well in the warm climate.
I went for a walk around Surat, and found two huge bushes located at the back and side of the Cobb & Co. Museum.
They were incredibly beautiful.