"Sweetberry's Emerald" Emerald by Sweetberry1

Emerald Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 36 photos


Emerald is located on the Nogoa River, 263 km west of Rockhampton. (aprox 2 1/2 hours drive). It is a thriving rural centre, surrounded mainly by agricultural farming, and mining.
Established in 1879, it has slowly grown to be the major regional centre of the Central Highlands and the gateway to the Central Western district.
The Capricorn hinterland is also known for having the largest sapphire gemfields in the world.
Emerald claims that Ludwig Leichhardt was the first European in the area, and named the nearby Comet River after seeing a comet, and he inscribed the word 'Dig' on a tree by the banks of the river.
The tree is now in the Queensland Museum in Brisbane.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nearby Gemfields..
  • Cons:Can get very hot in the summer..
  • In a nutshell:Not a very appealing town.
  • Last visit to Emerald: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • addyengel's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Every time we visit Emerald we head to Rubyvale to seek that elusive gem....Willies Wash is still our favourite spot for fossicking

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2006 at 3:13 PM

    Wow, great page. I need many sapphires and sometimes alternative lifestyle, too! Is this place for me? Only no heat please, I don't like to be burned :-) Botanic gardens sounds great!

  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2006 at 8:07 AM

    Emerald is the GEM I picture it is based on your apt descriptions, Susie! Perfect job....

  • rozehill's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2004 at 12:49 AM

    I like the look of those water gardens there. Very pretty pictures Susie, thanks

  • Daja123's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2004 at 7:59 AM

    Another great page!!! Nice updates, Susie. Greets.

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2004 at 6:02 PM

    What a great little gem here! Shame about the art gallery. Looks like a cool place to visit, thanks! :o)

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2004 at 6:47 AM

    Did you go fossicking at the gemfields? Really loved that...

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2004 at 5:21 AM

    Great start to your page Susie! I see I am a bit too early, so I'll be back again :-))) *Hugs* from Sweden :-)

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2004 at 3:57 AM

    So clean and nice, great photos, will be back soon when its over ;-)))

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2003 at 1:05 AM

    did someone nick all your sapphire Susie?? ^..^ this should be good, looking forward!!


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