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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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Rovers Rest Guesthouse and Studio Units

Glen Aplin, Southern Downs Area
From AU$150 - 600
A warm welcome awaits guests at Rovers Rest. Rovers Rest offers guests two styles of accommodation, the Guest House or the Studio Units. Half way between Glen Aplin and Ballandean, this colonial style farm house is situated on 80 acres.

Severn-dipity

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$160 - 380
Indulge in the Seven sins of Severn-dipity. Discovery, Tranquillity, Rejuvenation, Relaxation, Freedom, Serenity, Peace. Severn-dipity cabin is a luxury two bedroom cabin nestled on the banks of the Severn River in an Aussie bush setting offering privacy and seclusion ideal for a romantic getaway for a couple and comfortable enough for two couples with two bathrooms.

Diamondvale Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$160 - 225
Diamondvale Cottages - privacy, tranquillity, comfort and only two kilometres from town. They have five self-contained cottages, amidst 30 acres of unique granite bushland, along Quart Pot Creek. Snuggle up with someone special next to the romantic log fires.

Happy Valley Retreat

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$120 - 300
Happy Valley Retreat is the only resort in Queensland that boasts it's very own onsite brewery - Granite Belt Brewery. With 19 cosy timber cabins including spa and family cabins - all with log fires, a house that sleeps 10 guests, an onsite restaurant and bar and a brewery and function room, Happy Valley Retreat really does have it all.

Dillons Cottage

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$150 - 220
Escape to Dillon's Cottage, a 100 year old family home, ideally situated in a tranquil country environment, perfect for romantic couples, groups of up to six friends, or a family getaway. Dillon's Cottage is a beautifully appointed and renovated cottage and has three bedrooms, two fireplaces, electric blankets and heaters, a fully self-contained kitchen, laundry with washing machine and dryer, microwave, television and DVD player.

Briar Rose Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$120 - 280
Briar Rose Cottage Accommodation consists of two quaint cottages on the edge of the Stanthorpe township in the Granite Belt Region. The Mulberry is a two bedroom cottage and The Silky Oak, is a one bedroom cottage.

James Farmhouse and Cottage

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$350 - 450
The James' Farmhouse and Cottage is set on six acres of land and provides a serene and comfortable base from which you can experience the beautiful and fascinating Granite Belt. The Granite Belt has 52 wineries;

Country Style Caravan Park

Glen Aplin, Southern Downs Area
From AU$25 - 120
Country Style Caravan Park offers self-contained Cabins, Camping and Caravan accommodation and is situated in the heart of the Granite Belt Wine Country, only three hours from Brisbane and five minutes south of Stanthorpe.

Girraween Country Inn

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$155 - 275
The Girraween Country Inn Ballandean is best described as a small friendly comfortable country hotel with licensed bar, dining room and en-suited king rooms for accommodation. Set in 37 acres of natural bushland and large granite boulders a unique feature of the Granite Belt, Queensland, near Stanthorpe.

Alure Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$360 - 495
Alure Stanthorpe is exclusively for couples who want to indulge in a sublime, romantic retreat and experience the ultimate in sophisticated, self catering bed and breakfast accommodation. This first class luxury tent camping/glamping experience is complete with every convenience you could never imagine you'd find in a tent.
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