Placed amongst the Central Highlands of Queensland, the town of Emerald can be found lying along the Nogoa River. There are many natural attractions in which to bushwalk, camp or fish; one such attraction is the Gemfields, an arc of mining country west of Emerald and an interesting spot to fossick (prospect) for sapphires. Whether it is a day spent prospecting or relaxing by the river, Emerald is the perfect place to embark on an exciting Australian adventure.
- Minerva Hills National Park
- Historical Precinct
- Lake Maraboon
- Go fishing at the Fairbairn Dam
- See how a mine operates at the Blackwater International Coal Centre
- Trek about the deep gorges of the Blackdown Tableland National Park
Emerald enjoys a subtropical climate; summers (December-February) are wet, and the area receives nearly half of its annual rainfall during this season. Annual temperatures range between a high of 86°F (30°C) and low of 62°F (17°C). Yearly precipitation for the region is 19 inches (483 mm).
Getting There & Around
Flights arrive at Emerald Airport, about 4 miles (6 km) from the town’s centre. Found at the intersection of A7 and A4, the town is easy to access from the airport by taxi, bus or hired car.
There are regular bus services operating throughout the area, and the Spirit of the Outback train goes from Rockhampton to Longreach. Vehicles are always available for hire.
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