Things to do in Emerald Queensland
Emerald is a town in the Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australia with an urban population of approximately 13,500. There are some local attractions, and nearby towns to visit.
Fairbairn Dam & Lake Maroboon
Lake Maraboon was formed by damming of the Nogoa River. Maraboon is the Aboriginal for “where the black ducks fly”.
The lake has been stocked with barramundi, Mary River cod, southern saratoga, bass and silver perch. Eel-tailed catfish, spangled perch, red claw crayfish, sooty grunter and golden perch Georgia fish are additionally present. On the lake fishing is banned within 200 metres of the dam wall.
The Gemfields are in the Central Highlands Region, near the town of Emerald. The locality contains three small towns: Anakie, Rubyvale, and Sapphire. As the name suggests, the main industry in The Gemfields is sapphire mining, supported by tourism.
Emerald Railway Station
Built in 1990, Emerald railway station is a heritage-listed railway station on the Central Western railway line at Clermont Street (Capricorn Highway/Gregory Highway), Emerald, Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australia. The building design was signed by Henrik Hansen and built by Thomas Moir. It presents as some of the best preserved Heritage Architecture in Australia.
CGU Campus in Emerald
Central Queensland University has campuses in Rockhampton, Bundaberg (Branyan), Emerald, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide (Wayville), Gladstone (South Gladstone and Callemondah), Mackay (central business district and Ooralea), Noosa, and Townsville.
Emerald Botanical Gardens
The gardens are located in central Emerald are not to be missed. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the tranquil botanical gardens set in one of Emeralds loveliest parks.
Ka Ka Mundi Carnarvon National Park
Carnarvon National Park features more than 30 kms of sandstone escarpments, plateaus and dry rainforests surrounding clear springs.
Emerald Centenary of Federation Mosaic Pathway
Situated in Morton Park this beautiful mosaic walk depicts 100 years of history in Emerald.
Van Gogh Sunflower Painting
Also located in Morton Park, the Van Gogh Sunflower Painting superstructure stands 25 metres tall and is the world’s largest Van Gogh painting. Comprising 13.6 tonnes of steel, this exhibition is a major landmark and is an homage to the heritage of Emerald as a major sunflower producer.
Miners Heritage Walk-in Mine
Take a short drive to Rubyvale and visit the Miners Heritage, Australia’s largest underground walk-in sapphire mine.
Emerald Jockey Club
Emerald’s Jockey Club is the only turf track in Central Queensland. With 10 race meetings per year, the track has excellent facilities including on-site TAB & Bookies.
Rubyvale Gem Gallery
This small family run gallery showcases beautiful gems and precious stones. You will see how gems are cut and chosen for their rare settings in jewellery.