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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21 July 2017
The Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic is on again this year as the biggest family fishing event in Queensland. This competition captures the spirit of adventure with over a week of entertainment, fishing, boating, beach four wheel driving and family fun The Competition encompasses a large fishing area including offshore and inshore waters from Eurong, Fraser Island to the Noosa River.

Tin Can Bay Markets

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18 March 2017
Held on the third Saturday of each month in the park alongside the RSL Hall on the Tin Can Bay Road from 8.00am until 12 noon in the Winter and 7am in the Summer. Stock up on the freshest of produce, specialty fare and original creations.
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