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Emerald is located in the Central Highlands and is considered to be the ‘gateway’ to the Sapphire Gemfields. It is located on the ‘The Great Inland Way’ or Capricorn and Gregory Highway. A lush emerald green hill north of the town called Emerald Downs Hill is the original of the towns name of Emerald.
The town was established in 1879 as a base for the building of the western railway. Progressive construction has increased the growth of the city with the Fairbairn Dam and Emerald Irrigation Scheme built in 1972. Large scale coal mining in the Bowen Basin in 1977 has significantly had an impact on Emerald.
Explore Emerald and venture out to the surrounding region. A few of the activities to enjoy are bird watching, canoeing, cycling and kayaking. Famous as a major sunflower producer, Emerald has on display the world’s biggest Van Gogh sunflower painting on an easel at Morton Park.
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September is an exciting month with the Emerald Multicultural Festival kicking off with a big list of entertainment. Showcasing the regions cultural diversity, enjoy music and food from around the world. Amusement rides and children’s activities will have the kids clamouring to have fun.
The Gemfest – Festival of Gems is a four day festival in August that celebrates the Gemfields. Each year the festival gets bigger and better. Featuring a range of amazing activities, exhibitions, entertainment and demonstrations, you won’t want to miss. Sapphires are normally the gem of choice, the festival also showcases diamonds, pearls, zircons, opals and other gemstones in all the colours of the rainbow and a few in between. Try your hand at fossicking and find your own sapphires. Visit one of the mines and go on a tour.
Regular local events are held in Emerald and the surrounding region such as markets, fetes, art exhibitions and celebrations. Drop into the local Visitors Centre to see what is happening in the region.
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Qantaslink provide daily flights from Emerald to Brisbane with 24 services per week.