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.

Emerald, Central Highlands Area
Queensland
Australia

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Comedy at Mano's Tedder Ave

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
19 September 2017
Comedy at Mano's | Tuesday August 15 | 7.30pm Once a month at Mano's Tedder Ave, resident MC Lindsay Webb hosts a hilarious night of comedy on Tedder Ave, Main Beach! Every third Tuesday they'll be bringing you some of the best comedians from around the country - all for free!

Based Comedy at the Cecil Hotel

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
19 September 2017
Free entry! Join them at 7.30pm every Tuesday night as some of the best stand up comedians from around the country take to the stage to entertain you. Hosted by Based Comedy with some of the best amateur and professional comedians in Australia.

NightQuarter

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3 - 3
22 – 23 September 2017
A festival every weekend. NightQuarter, located on the Gold Coast, is an eclectic night market transforming what once was an empty block opposite the Helensvale train station. Enter beneath the shipping container archway and be transported to another world of market stalls, street food, live music and shipping container boutiques.

Based Comedy at Oxenford Tavern

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
22 September 2017
Every Friday night at Oxenford Tavern, Based Comedy is bringing the very best comedians from around Australia and around the world to entertain you - all for free! Shows start at 7:30pm with top headliners and hilarious support acts!

Spring Ice Cream Social

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3 - 3
29 September 2017
Treat yo’ self! To celebrate the last weekend of Summer, they are throwing an Ice cream Social! So many yummy eats in one place… from ice cream, gelato, waffles, pops, crepes, crazy shakes, dip n dots, sundaes, shaved ice, ice cream sandwiches and sliders and funnel cakes.

Killing Heidi Regional Tour

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$45.40 - 97.45
30 September 2017
Along with Rackett This is a ticketed event. You must be 18 years or older to attend. The tour follows up to their super successful, rave review garnering capital city tour in June, and gives Killing Heidi the exciting opportunity to reconnect with the parts of Australia they’ve really missed in their 10 years off the road.

Rack and Rummage Sale

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3 - 3
30 September 2017
The countdown is on… The NightQuarter rack and rummage sale pops up on the last Saturday of the month. Come and discover an eclectic assortment of treasures. Vintage and pre-loved fashion, kids fashion, toys, accessories, bohemian fashion, mandala throws, colourful kaftans, plants and succulents, homewares, it’s all there!

Blanc de Blanc - Gold Coast

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$55 - 78
5 – 8 October 2017
Blanc de Blanc is back! Showing at Spiegeltent Gold Coast’s new home of Broadwater Parklands. By popular demand, the hit show from the acclaimed creative minds behind Madonna's recent Rebel Heart tour, returns to the Gold Coast!

Russel Morris

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$59.00 - 59.00
5 October 2017
Russell Morris is back by popular demand! He will be performing at Southport Yacht Club in their Compass Room with its gorgeous view over their marina and the Broadwater beyond. Enjoy a delicious two-course meal at your table before relaxing and enjoying the vocals of the great performer, or getting up for a dance!

Octoberfest

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3 - 3
6 – 7 October 2017
On Friday night the main stage will be taken over by The Melodians, a traditional German oom-pah band that will perform a hat dance, bell ringing and a slap dance! Six piece oom-pah band The Munich Honkers will be taking the main stage on Saturday night with their genuine Munich polkas, waltzes and marches!
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