Coal wealth in the area has determined Emerald is a new and prosperous growth town. The town is on the cusp of being an 'outback' town but still has all essential services. Emerald is also an attractive town that is also now establishing links to the past. I.e. heritage factors are being identified and developed.

The Tropic of Capricorn runs through Emerald and it lies on the Nogoa River, a tributary of the Fitzroy River

Fairbairn Dam overflowed for the first time in 17 years on the 19 January 2008. Major flooding in Emerald occurred a few days after as the Nogoa River broke its banks. The floods, which were the region's worst on record, resulted in 1000 houses being affected and more than 2500 people being evacuated.

Emerald is a service town for a large number of industries in the area. Extensive coal mining operations are carried out in the district. Cotton is grown in the area, and is processed at the Yamala.

The Emerald churches are modern buildings.

The Emerald War Memorial is in near the centre of town.

The Emerald Hotels are located on the main drive through/highway.

Emerald is a great town and when visiting should allow an overnight stay at a minimum.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course