Emerald Tourism & Travel
Emerald, population 9350, in Gayiri country, is the main town of the gemfields, however there are no emeralds to be found. The nearby towns of Sapphire, population 600 and Rubyvale, population 600 better describe what can be found.
Emerald is 266 kilometres west of Rockhampton, where the Capricorn Highway forms a T-junction with the Landsborough, Matilda Highway.
Established in 1879, Emerald has slowly grown to be the major regional centre of the Queensland Central Highlands with a long established cattle industry and secondary industries including grain, oilseeds, soybeans and cotton.
Emerald Railway Station
The most impressive building in Emerald is undoubtedly the Emerald Railway Station. Classified by the National Trust it is arguably the finest building in the Central Highlands. Made out of chamferboard it boasts an elaborate central entry porch with much iron lacework and some impressive cast-iron columns.