"CENTRAL HIGHLANDS OF QUEENSLAND" Emerald by balhannah

Emerald Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 36 photos

Emerald

NOT as the name suggests, you do not find Emeralds here.

YES, it is an area where you find gems, those being Sapphires.
It is one of the richest Sapphire areas in the southern Hemisphere.


Emerald, established in 1879, is the largest town in the Central Highlands

We found it to be quite a surprise as it was green and had nice gardens. We found out that it was the greenery of the area as to how it got its name, (Emerald Green colour)
The area also has one of the largest Coal mines.

We made our base at Emerald seeing it was a nice town, and then did day trips out.

We saw the Fairbairn Dam, and lots of Orange groves.
Water from the spillway flows into the Nogoa river which runs through the town.

In January 2008, a once in a 100 year flood happened, hard to imagine when you are visiting the town.
Water was approx 4.5metre above the top of the Dam spillway, all of this going into the Nogoa river, and heading into Emerald and flooding a lot of the town.

More than 3000 people had to be evacuated, at a coalmine, a Helicopter had to rescue employees.

With its association with Sunflowers, in Morton park on an easel, is the WORLD'S BIGGEST VAN GOGH SUNFLOWER PAINTING.

A lot of nice accommodation is availabe to choose from.

Emerald is the Northern entrance to the mighty Carnarvon Gorge. Carnarvon Gorge is approx. 240kms away and there is accommodation there. - A must see if you are this close.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A nice town to stay, and then visit the surrounding areas.
  • Cons:Rember this is inland Australia, distances are large
  • In a nutshell:An oasis in the outback
  • Intro Updated Jun 29, 2014
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  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Another of your great little places that I guess few over seas tourists see. Loved the murals - and the history!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    I lived around here for about 4 years and had friends and family connections so its interesting to see your page here Dont miss the place at all but glad to have experienced it for the time!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2008 at 4:57 AM

    I've seen a fair bit of Australia but not the area you are covering. So thanks for the introduction.

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2008 at 6:59 AM

    I remember passing through Emerald on the way to the gem fields... And we even found a few very small stones :)

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