5 Things You Must Do In Emerald, Queensland
Emerald is a tranquil town that is located on the Nogoa River in Queensland’s beautiful Central Highlands. Surrounded by the best of Queensland’s countryside, the town is known for its nearby sapphire gemfields. Whether you’re stopping by for a few days or just passing through, there’s plenty to explore in the town and the surrounding area. We’ve included our top five things to do in Emerald from national parks to lakes to searching for a sapphire of your very own. Here are our top picks.
Minerva Hills National Park
Minerva Hills is a stunning park that is located in Queensland’s Central Highland Area and is easily doable in a day from Emerald. The park offers stunning jagged peaks, a result of volcanic activity from years ago, and there are lots of trails to do in the area. Minerva Hills is also home to a spectacular variety of wildlife and plants Keep an eye out for the unique rock art belonging to the Karai people in the past. Camping is not allowed in the park so staying nearby in Emerald is a great option.
The Sapphire Gemfields
The sapphire gemfields near Emerald, Queensland are some of the largest in the world and are a must see in Queensland. The Sapphires were first discovered in this area in 1875 and span over a 900 kilometre square radius. Nearby townships Sapphire, Rubyvale, Anakie and Willows Gemfields offer many gems of activities for visitors.
With anything from underground mine tours, digging tours and sapphire shops to visit, there’s plenty to do on a day trip to the area and it can be easily explored from Emerald, located just a convenient 45 minute drive away from the town.
Lake Maraboon is a tranquil and beautiful lake that is located just a short drive away from Emerald so it makes for the perfect day trip from the town. While a beautiful place in itself to just relax, enjoy the sun and swim, there are plenty of activities to do on the lake too. The lake is a fantastic place for fishing, taking a leisurely stroll, and exploring on a rental kayak or waterski. Make sure to pack some food and take advantage of the barbecues and picnic tables available for use too.
Emerald Botanic Gardens
Thanks to the beautiful Queensland weather, Emerald’s Botanic Gardens are a tropical oasis of calm in the area and the perfect place to relax for the day. Covering an area of 42 metres and located on the Nogoa River banks, there’s plenty of space to relax and learn about the many plant species grown in the gardens. The gardens are free to enter and there are BBQ facilities available for use there.
Van Gogh Sunflower Painting
Van Gogh’s Sunflower paintings are arguably the most recognisable flowers in the world. Head to Emerald’s Morton Park to find the world’s largest reproduction of his celebrated painting. The painting is a tribute to Emerald’s history as the town used to be a huge sunflower producer. Now this impressive painting is a must see for those visiting the area.
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