Place:Surat, Queensland, Australia


Coordinates27.167°S 149.083°E
Located inQueensland, Australia
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Surat is a small rural town on the Balonne River, approximately south of Roma on the Carnarvon Highway in South West Queensland. It is west of Brisbane. At the , Surat had a population of 426.

The district was first mapped by Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1846. By the end of the 1840s pastoralists had penetrated the area, and in 1849 Mitchell directed a surveyor, Burrowes, to select a township site on the Balonne River. Burrowes did so and named it after the diamond-polishing city of Surat, after his former place of residence in present day Gujarat state, then known as the Bombay Province, India.

There are oil fields further south.

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