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About Emerald

 

Emerald is a large, modern country town that was established in 1879 as a base for the building of the western railway. The town is named after ‘Emerald Downs Hill’, a lush emerald green hill located just north of town. Emerald is now considered the hub for the Central Highlands and the gateway to the Sapphire Gemfields: the largest, and one of the richest sapphire fields in the southern hemisphere.


In 1972, the construction of Fairbairn Dam and the Emerald Irrigation Scheme allowed for the significant development and expansion of agriculture across the region. The dam construction, and its associated Lake Maraboon, also initiated large-scale coal mining within the Bowen Basin in 1977, which at present, produces a significant proportion of Queensland’s total coal exports.


Fairbairn Dam is a holiday destination in itself with a selection of cabin, caravan and camping accommodation. The lake is stocked with eight different kinds of fish including barramundi, but is famous for the Red Claw Crayfish. Relax by the lake or take a swim. Picnic tables and free electric and wood barbecues are available.


Once famous for its reputation as a major sunflower producer, Emerald is now home to the world’s biggest Van Gogh sunflower painting on an easel located in Morton Park at the western end of Clermont Street (Capricorn Highway). The superstructure is 25 metres high with approximately 13.6 tonnes of steel involved in its construction. Adjacent you’ll find the ‘straw bale’ Visitor Information Centre where the friendly volunteer staff can provide information on exploring Emerald and the surrounding Central Highlands.


Built in 1900 and restored in 1986, the National Trust listed Railway Station with its wrought iron lacework and pillared portico provides visitors with great photo opportunities. At the Emerald Town Hall view an ancient fossilised tree aged 250 million years.

 

Visit the below websites for more information about Emerald, Queensland
www.welcometoaustralia.com.au/queensland/emerald
www.about-australia.com/location/queensland/emerald-queensland

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

Mayfair Motel
Cnr Mayfair Drive & Gregory Highway
EMERALD
(07) 4982 2284
www.mayfairmotel.com.au

Emerald Gardens
2 Harris Street
EMERALD
(07) 4987 6222

Route 66 Motor Inn
2 Opal Street
EMERALD
(07) 4987 7755
www.route66motorinn.com.au

Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn
5 Esmond Street
EMERALD
(07) 4982 0777
www.emeraldmotel.com.au

Emerald Central Palms Motel
19 Esmond Street
EMERALD
(07) 4982 3600
www.emeraldcentralpalms.com

A&A Lodge Motel Emerald

109 Clermont Street

EMERALD
(07) 4982 2355
www.aandamotel.com.au