Fossick for gems in a historic mining town, soak up some culture or simply kick back in a beauty spot and forget the world, Emerald and the Central Highlands region has something for everyone.
Here’s just a small selection of the things to see and do close to Emerald Inn.
Encompassing around 900 square kilometres of irresistible gem fossicking opportunities, the Central highland gem fields are a must-visit. Take the short drive to the mining towns of Rubyvale and Sapphire, embark on a guided tour of an underground mine or hire equipment and maps and set off on your own fossicking adventure through the region’s backtracks.
Emerald Botanic Gardens
Nestled on the banks of the Nogoa River, these tranquil gardens are a tropical haven close to the centre of Emerald. Pack a picnic, explore the meandering paths and discover the diversity of native plant life in the region.
Emerald Art Gallery
Enjoy a laidback afternoon browsing the latest exhibitions from local, national and international artists at the Emerald Art Gallery, not far from Emerald Spa Inn Queensland.
Van Gogh Sunflower Painting
Art lovers will also not want to miss a trip to Moreton Park to see the world’s biggest reproduction of Van Gogh’s iconic Sunflower painting. This spectacular structure is a celebration of the region’s status as a major sunflower producer and towers on its own 25 metre tall easel in the heart of the park.
Emerald Aquatic Centre
With a 25 metre lap pool, Olympic sized pool, outdoor water park with inflatable slides and smaller pools for the kids, the aquatic centre is a great place to keep cool and burn off energy on a hot summer’s day.
Spend a laidback afternoon swimming, strolling and fishing at the beautiful Fairbairn Dam. Located just a short drive from our Central Highlands inn, the dam is one of the most popular fishing spots in the region with a healthy population of barramundi and red claw crayfish.