100 Capricorn Highway, Emerald QLD 4720, Australia

emerald botanical gardens

Emerald Explorers Inn is a just short distance away from Emerald’s beautiful Botanic Gardens. Sitting on the banks of the Nogoa River, the Botanic Gardens boast tropical plants and plenty of green space. These gardens are the ideal place to relax and spend a sunny afternoon in Emerald.

The gardens showcase plants that are native to the region and offer a chance for visitors to enjoy the best of Queensland’s natural beauty. There are BBQ facilities available for use in the gardens so why not pack a lunch and make a day of it?

The gardens are open 24 hours a day, every day and are free to enter. Car parking is available on site.

Emerald QLD 4720, Australia

Emerald Vicki Peters Park

Those visiting Emerald with Kids will love spending some time at Vicki Peter’s Park. This outdoor park is aimed at those with young families and has plenty of play structures to keep your little ones occupied for hours.

This well-maintained park also boasts plenty of green space to play ball games or relax and enjoy a picnic. Whether you’re visiting Emerald with the family or just looking for a space to relax and enjoy the sun, Vicki Peters Park is the ideal place to relax and enjoy some downtime.

48 Borilla St, Emerald QLD 4720, Australia

emerald art galleryFor those with an interest in the arts, you’ll love Emerald’s Art Gallery. This fantastic space showcases the best of local, state and national artists throughout a range of exhibitions.

The gallery provides both a great place to enjoy some peace and tranquillity while admiring local artwork that has been created through a range of techniques and mediums.

The gallery often runs new exhibitions and competitions for promising new artists meaning that there is always something new to see.

Entry to the gallery is free and it is open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00.

Fairbairn Dam Access & Selma Rd, Emerald, Queensland 4720

Lake maraboon emerald

One of the nicest ways to enjoy a day in Emerald is at the beautiful, Lake Maraboon. Located just a short drive away from town, this lake offers the chance to enjoy wild swimming and a welcome opportunity to cool off in the heat.

This tranquil place is the ideal place to spend the day with friends and family. Take a refreshing swim and be sure to make use of the barbecue and picnic facilities available at the lake too.

For those looking for something a little more active, there are plenty of activities available to do. From fishing to kayak and waterski rental, there’s enough to keep everyone happy at Lake Maraboon.

Sapphire, The Gemfields QLD 4702

Emerald Sapphire Gemfields

The Sapphire Gemfields located near to Emerald are a popular tourist attraction in the area and it’s not hard to see why. Sapphires were first discovered in this area back in 1875 and the gemfields are some of the largest in the world, spanning over a 900-kilometre radius. The best places to visit the gemfields are in the townships of Sapphire, Anakie and Rubyvale, located a short drive away from Emerald.

There are plenty of opportunities to learn all about the sapphires and their history at the gemfields. Options include underground mining tours, sapphire shops and you can even try your hand at digging for your own sapphires in one of the digging tours.

You can read more about the gemfields here. 

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