Emerald's historic railway station
The National Trust listed Railway Station


Things to see and do in Emerald, Queensland

Much more than the ‘Gateway to the Outback’, Emerald is a vibrant town where adventure and relaxation converge. From lush landscapes to historical wonders, make time to explore Emerald’s tourist attractions.  

Welcome to Emerald, Queensland – where adventure and relaxation converge! 

Explore the Rubyvale Underground Mine just 45 minutes from Emerald
Photo credit: Southern Queensland Country Tourism

Sapphire Gemfields

Just 45-minutes west of Emerald, the Sapphire Gemfields are one of the largest sapphire bearing areas of the world. Take a tour of underground mining operations, learn about Australia’s rich gem mining history, explore gemshops and galleries or try your hand at fossicking .

The National Trust listed Railway Station

This historic gem not only connects you to the heart of the town but also takes you back to the golden age of rail travel. Marvel at the timeless architecture, explore the railway museum, and soak in the nostalgic atmosphere. Another ‘must see’ is the ancient fossilised tree that’s found at the nearby Emerald Town Hall, estimated to be over 250 million years old. 

Fairbairn Dam, Lake Maraboon

For a picturesque retreat, head to Lake Maraboon. Surrounded by scenic landscapes, this man-made reservoir is a haven for nature lovers and water enthusiasts. Whether you fancy a leisurely stroll along the shore, a peaceful picnic, swimming or freshwater fishing, Lake Maraboon is sure to enchant you with its tranquillity. 

Emerald Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise providing the perfect location for a relaxing afternoon stroll or an early morning walk.
Photo credit: Southern Queensland Country Tourism

Emerald Botanic Gardens

For a serene escape, head to the Emerald Botanic Gardens, a tropical paradise showcasing the diverse flora of the region. Meander through themed gardens and explore six kilometres of walking tracks that lead to playgrounds, mazes and sculptures. It’s the perfect spot for a kayaking, cycling, fishing or a leisurely picnic by the river.

Emerald Aquatic Centre

Make a splash at the Emerald Aquatic Centre, your go-to spot for family-friendly fun. With water slides, pools for all ages, and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to cool off on a sunny day.

The Emerald Cinema Complex is a charming, vintage-style movie theater showcasing the newest Hollywood hits.

Emerald Cinema 

Situated on the same street as the Emerald Inn, the Emerald Cinema is a charming, vintage-style movie theatre showcasing the latest Hollywood hits. Established in 1996, this cinema is under the dedicated ownership of Stephen Goddard, a proud Emerald local with a deep passion for film.

Experience the delights of modern Australian cuisine at the Capricornian Restaurant, conveniently located just a brief stroll from the Emerald Inn.
Photo credit: Capricornian Restaurant

Capricornian Restaurant

Experience modern Australian cuisine at the Capricornian Restaurant, conveniently located just a brief stroll from the Emerald Inn. A contemporary à la carte menu awaits you for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, featuring offerings such as crocodile spring rolls, house-made fresh pasta, and woodfired pizza.

Explore the aisles of Maraboon Tavern bottle shop, conveniently located just minutes from Emerald Inn
Photo credit: Maraboon Tavern

Maraboon Tavern & Bottle Shop

The Maraboon Tavern and Bottle Shop is located just down Esmond Street from the Emerald Inn. The Maraboon Liquor Drive-Thru offers one of the largest selections in town and takeaways are also available over the Maraboon Tavern bar until midnight every night. 

The funky, modern interior of Shelfield specialty coffee shop in Emerald, Queensland

The Shelfield & The Sensory

Peter Jeon, a former Sydney barista transformed Emerald’s coffee culture with his boutique shops, The Shelfield and The Sensory, creating a haven for enthusiasts, and a strong sense of community.

It’s difficult to fully describe the high quality of our stay. For a start the unit was immaculate with everything supplied for a long stay…

– Bill and Nonie

Was very impressed by the service on arrival and the rooms were very modern and most importantly clean. Thank you for a great stay.

– George M

Nothing was a bother for the staff, they were friendly and helpful. I would recommend staying here especially for family holidays.

– Donna H

Only stayed one night for an event, but can’t say enough about this little gem. I’ve come to expect poor pillows in hotels be was very happily proved wrong here.

– Lisa S

The apartment was very well equipped with everything you could need – coffee machine, washer and dryer, full kitchen. Perfect!

– Janne K

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