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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Wildlife of Australia's Rainforests

Daintree, Cairns Area
From AU$2055 - 3910
Quarterly from 18 – 24 March 2018
The wet tropics of northern Queensland are the last remaining part of the huge forest that once dominated half of Australia. This lush landscape is home to species like cassowaries, parrots, pythons, possums, tree kangaroos, and primitive-looking reptiles, many of which live nowhere else in the world.

Port Douglas Race Week

Port Douglas,
13 May 2018
Port Douglas Yacht Club proudly presents the 2018 Port Douglas Race Week, and invites all yachts to join them for a week of Sailing, Food and Fun. They are fortunate to enjoy one of the best playgrounds for their sport that nature could provide and this year they will be hosting a huge array of events all to be sailed on the beautiful waters of the Coral Sea off Port Douglas.

Port Douglas Carnivale

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
25 – 27 May 2018
Port Douglas Carnivale is an annual celebration of the tropics where you can " Watch. Dance. Play" in nature's playground over four days and nights of fabulous events and activities. Port Douglas Carnivale features local and international performers and producers showcasing the region's spectacular tropical lifestyle and location.

Cycle Queensland Adventure Tour

Daintree, Cairns Area
1 – 9 September 2018
Discover the best that stunning North Queensland has to offer on this epic two-wheeled adventure from the Daintree to Cairns in September 2018. Starting in the tropics of the Daintree wind your way through up and over the Tablelands before finishing up in beautiful Cairns.
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