Emerald in Queensland is quite a large town with a population of over 17,000 people. The town is elevated and situated on the central district highland and lies on the Nogoa River.
The Tropic of Capricorn runs directly through Emerald and hence the town has a very nice tropical climate.
Emerald is the major town for a number of industries in agriculture and mining. There is extensive coal mining in Emerald which is a major source of revenue for the town’s economy. Also very big in the agricultural industry is cotton and gain growing.
In town the Emerald Pioneer Cottage is the centrepiece housing the town’s history and museum memorabilia artefacts. Between the years 1910-1970 this was the town’s lockup. Pioneer Cottage is a great place to start your exploration.
Next why not visit the St Marks Presbyterian Church built in 1884. This church will astound you with architecture and provides great insight, well worth having a look at.
The Emerald Railway Station in Clermont Street is another impressive structure. Classified by the National Trust and has lots of iron lacework with a big entry porch to provide plenty of charm.
When the Railway Bridge was constructed in 1979 outside the Emerald town Hall a piece of fossilised wood 250 million years old was dug up.
Visitors will enjoy the gem fields nearby to the west of the town. Two places of interest are Sapphire and Rubyvale. The places were named after the gems found there.
Another short drive from Emerald is Lake Maraboon and the Fairbairn Dam. This dam has been built for the cotton industry water supply. The dam holds more water than Sydney Harbour and is the perfect place to relax and have a picnic.
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