Emerald & The Central Highlands
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Capricorn Holidays Information Centre
Named not after the gem, but for the lush green pastures that once surrounded the town, Emerald is the hub for the Central Highlands area and the gateway to the Sapphire Gemfields. Established in 1879 as a base for the building of the western railway, Emerald has developed into a large, modern country town.
Emerald's Lake Maraboon is a holiday destination in itself with a selection of cabin, caravan and camping accommodation. The lake is stocked with eight different kinds of fish including barramundi, but is famous for the Red Claw Crayfish. Relax by the lake or take a swim. Picnic tables and free electric and wood barbecues are available.
Once famous for its reputation as a major sunflower producer, Emerald is now home to the world's biggest Van Gogh sunflower painting on an easel located in Morton Park at the western end of Clermont Street (Capricorn Highway). The superstructure is 25 metres high with approximately 13.6 tonnes of steel involved in its construction. Adjacent you'll find the 'straw bale' Visitor Information Centre where the friendly volunteer staff can provide information on exploring Emerald and the surrounding Central Highlands.
The Central Highlands are home to vast and diverse agricultural and mining operations as well as some of Queensland's most dramatic natural landscapes. Take your time wandering the region's geological marvel, Carnarvon Gorge with its delightful walking tracks and ancient indigenous rock art, or visit Blackdown Tableland National Park, just half an hour drive off the Capricorn Highway and discover immense sandstone gorges and sweeping views of the endless plains around the park.