Rember this is inland Australia, distances are large
Well worth seeing
Close by Emerald are the Sapphire fields. The towns of Rubyvale, Anakie, Tomahawk creek gemfields and Willow gemfields.The Gemfields of Sapphire and Rubyvale are by far the greatest attraction during the Winter, Spring and Autumn months, people flock here by the hundred's in these months. The sapphire fields date back to 1875 when the first gem was...more
In 1899 Emerald's first Railway Station was built, but was burnt to the ground.1900, and a new Railway Station was built, and what a beautiful one it is with lovely architecture. Built out of timber, with iron roof and wrought iron trimmings, it has an elaborate entrance, with wrought iron lacework and pillared portico, beautiful!The Station is...more
The world's biggest Van Gogh sunflower painting is situated in Morton Park, Emerald.Emerald, famous as a major sunflower producer, is home to the world's biggest Van Gogh sunflower painting on an easel. The huge painting is 25 metres high with approximately 13.6 tonnes of steel used in the making. Of interest, is it was an idea by a person named...more
Fairbairn Dam and Lake Maraboon ................Fairbairn Dam refers to the spillway and Lake Maraboon, meaning ‘where the black duck fly’, refers to the body of water behind the spillway. This huge expanse of water is three times the size of Sydney Harbour and is home to a number of waterfowl and native marine life, seems like a lot of our Dams...more
Right next to where we parked our car at Rigle Range road at the Emerald Botanic gardens, was a large, Southern Cross Windmill. It lwas built in 1931 and was used for irrigation on "Marathon", one of the early pioneer farms near Emerald. Now, after restoration, it is here in the Botanic Gardens, and is used for pumping water into the lagoon in the...more
The Botanic Gardens are on the edge of the Nogoa River. They have quite a good variety of plants, including a formal terraced rose garden and a Rainforest. There is even a Maze, made out of Melaleuca's, these are in the Celestial Garden.If you are here at the right time, then there is Water lillies flowering, and usually plenty of Waterbirds in the...more
This amazing fossilised tree is 250 million years old, and is located just outside Emerald's Town Hall. The tree was unearthed in 1979 when a new railway bridge was being built across the Mackenzie River for the Gregory Mine. It was presented to the town in its centenary year by the mining company.more
Just a short drive through citrus orchards takes you to Lake Maraboon, Queensland's second largest lake which was formed when the Fairbairtn Dam was built across the Hogoa River. Campers on the lake shores can hand-feed parrots and possums and fish for the Murray cod, saratoga and other fresh-water varieties, with which Maraboon is stocked.more
Qantas Link provide daily RPT services into Emerald..
A modern passenger terminal building
Kiosk (operates during RPT flights)
Public telephone in terminal building
One thing you don't need to worry about in Australia, is finding Toilets. They are everywhere, including the smallest of Towns.
We even have a map with locations of Toilets all around Australia.
What I think is nice, is the way Towns paint their Toilets with Murals, quite often depicting the Town and area.
The ones in my photo, were in Emerald, and from what I can see, they are depicting the Fairbarn dam and the birdlife there.
Kiely's Farm is indeed offering FREE CAMPING for self-contained vans and motorhomes, therefore you may want to stay there for a night.
The trap at Kiely's farm is the little shop selling overpriced cotton-products. They advertise it a products from Australian cotton but if you have a closer look you may find some little tags saying "made in china".
Another trap a the same farm is the animal farm. The entry fee is AUD 8, which is definitely too much for some domesticated animals (pig, goose, duck, horse ...) and some animals from South-America.
See their homepage at: http://www.kielysfarm.com
Unique Suggestions: Just stay on the free camping and enjoy the relaxing bar and the complimentary videos on cotton farming.
Fun Alternatives: If you are traveling across Australia you will pass Sydney. Visit the zoo there - it is definitely worth the price and much more bigger.
The 4 small towns of Anakie, Willows, Sapphire and Rubyvale are all situated on the Gemfields. During my visit to the Willows gemfields, I was very fortunate to have found several good quality gems. Some of these were Zircons, Garnets, Blue Sapphires, and Yellow Sapphires... as well as party colours and Star Sapphires.more
Just over 40 km west of the town of Emerald is an area that is a major supplier of sapphires to the world market. These are one of the richest sapphire fields on the planet.Sapphires are second only to diamonds in hardness and are one of the five most prized gems in the world. The Sapphire Gemfields are open all year but are more popular and...more
The Gemfields has traditionally been a mecca for people from throughout Australia and overseas in search of sapphires and alternative lifestyle. The annual Gemfest is a unique festival that should not be missed. In recent years Gemfest has received international recognition as a fantastic opportunity for visitors and locals to view and purchase...more
Emerald is indebted to coal rather than gemstones, or green grass for its prosperity.And, despite its proximity to the gemfields of Anakie, Sapphire and Rubyvale, Emerald has much to offer the visitor in its own right.The entrancing Botanical Gardens, a living museum in the Pioneer Cottage Complex, cotton gin and coal mine tours, a singular,...more
Emerald is central to a whole host of industries, ranging from grazing to the exotic. Among them are sheep and cattle, citrus farms, sapphire mining, coal, cotton industries, and vinyardsTo the west are the gemfields and to the east is the Blackdown Tableland National Park.more