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Emerald

How did Emerald get its name? It's thanks to a lush green hill - emerald in colour - located just north of the town called 'Emerald Downs Hill'. Established in 1879, this large country town has become the hub of the Central Highlands and gateway to one of the largest sapphire fields in the southern hemisphere.

Emerald used to be a major sunflower producer, which might explain why the town is now home to the world's biggest Van Gogh sunflower painting - measuring 25 metres high. The masterpiece can be found on an easel in Morton Park at the western end of Clermont Street. Pop into the 'straw bale' Visitor Information Centre next door to pick up brochures about the Central Highlands and let the friendly staff help you plan your holiday.

Another 'must see' in the town is the National Trust listed Railway Station built in 1900 and restored in the mid-eighties. Featuring wrought iron lacework and pillared portico, it's a spectacular sight - as is the ancient fossilised tree that's found at the Emerald Town Hall, estimated to be over 250 million years old.

3 Clermont Street
Emerald, Central Highlands Area
Queensland
Australia

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Julia Creek Dirt n Dust

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7 April 2017
From modest beginnings, today’s event brings together people from all walks of life – people from Queensland, Australia and overseas. Julia Creek, based in McKinlay Shire, is proud to host what is fast becoming Queensland’s “Must go-to” event.
From AU$40 - 500.00
11 August 2017
The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, east meets west and man meets beast. 3 days of non-stop rodeo action - bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, rope and tie, steer wresting, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping.

Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic

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27 October 2017
In 2017 the Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic promises three days of non-stop action! Staged at picturesque Lake Moondarra, 15 kilometres north of Mount Isa the annual Moondarra Classic offers a program jam packed with fishing, fun and excitement.

Drover's Camp Festival

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25 August 2017
The Drovers Camp Festival is a unique outback flavoured festival. Come to yarn with the old drovers and hear their amazing stories. A fun-filled weekend. Friday opens with a riotous street parade including humorous floats, musicians, horses and coaches culminating in a fun-filled, lively night full of entertainment.
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30 June 2017
The Cloncurry Shire is rich in gold, copper, garnets, amethyst, crystals, Maltese crosses as well as collection of other minor minerals that can be sourced in the region; and at the Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival you will see them all on display.

Curry Merry Muster Festival

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3 August 2017
Since 1954 the 'Curry Merry Muster' has provided Cloncurry and the surrounding region with all the thrills and spills of rodeo, brimming with community spirit. Today the event has grown to a festival boasting a pro-rodeo renowned as Australia's highest single payout professional rodeo.
27 May 2017
Clay Target Shooting (Trap -DTL) is a two day annual Shoot held in May each year. This two day Trap Shoot is conducted by the Normanton Gun Club who is affiliated with the Australian Clay Target Association, providing Trap Shooting Competition with meals/drinks and Saturday night entertainment for all.
From AU$3 - 20
7 April 2017
In 2017 the Karumba Community Anglers Classic the categories of Barramundi, King Salmon and Grunter will be 'Catch and Release' only again whilst the remaining categories of King Salmon, Blue Salmon, Queen, Jew etc will remain as weigh in as in previous years.
Free Entry
13 July 2017
The Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge and Campdraft is regarded as one of the greatest horse events in Australia. The Curry Challenge is an elite and prestigious event, drawing competitors from all states in to a fierce and thrilling competition.

Saxby Round-Up

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Free Entry
30 June 2017
An iconic weekend of rodeo, campdraft and gymkhana action approximately 200 kilometres north of Julia Creek. Free camping and entertainment. Bar and catering facilities. Typically the last weekend in June every year for the last 53 years.
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