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Queensland Explore Centre - Emerald

Central Queensland Highlands Visitor Information Centre

The Central Queensland Highlands Visitor Information Centre is the ideal launching pad for anyone to Explore More of the region. Our friendly and knowledgeable team can help with advice, bookings and itineraries, and we’re well-stocked with brochures, maps and souvenirs.
The building’s walls are made from barely straw bales, covered in lime and earthen renders. An Eastern Bearded Dragon sculpture, made from recycled farm equipment, welcomes visitors at the centre’s entrance.
The centre sits in a shady spot at the foot of Moreton Park – home to a giant replica van Gogh Sunflower painting and the Centenary of Federation Mosaic Pathway.


Please note: The Queensland Explore Centre - Emerald will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday

Opening Hours:

Mon- Fri: 9.00am – 4:30pm | Saturday: 9:00am - 3:00pm | Sunday & PH: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Emerald Explore Centre, Photo credit Jesse Lindeman Photo credit: Jesse Lindeman

What We Offer:

  • Travel information
  • Itinerary building
  • Brochures and maps
  • Camping bookings for Queensland National Parks
  • Tea and coffee, soft drinks, ice-cream
  •  Souvenirs
  • Free WIFI
  • Laptop and mobile phone charging station

Top 10 things to do around the region:

1. Explore walks and 4WD tracks and discover wildlife and indigenous rock art in Carnarvon Gorge National Park, a spectacular natural wonder.
2. Catch Gem Fever by following the Sapphire Gemfields Interpretive Trail through Rubyvale, Sapphire, Willows and Anakie.
3. Rising abruptly above the flat plains of the Bowen Basin, Blackdown Tableland National Park is characterised by rugged cliffs, spectacular views, diverse wildlife, waterfalls and swimming holes.
4. The 42-hectare Emerald Botanic Gardens on the banks of the Nogoa River include a rose garden, maze, bush chapel, sculptures, rainforest and playground.
5. Call into Blackwater to explore its world-class International Coal Centre and book a fascinating guided tour of the area’s mine.
6. Explore More of the region’s agricultural and pastoral history at the Capella Pioneer Village, with its centrepiece 1869 “Peak Downs” Homestead.
7. The Old Rainworth Fort complex near Springsure includes an original fort building constructed to store food and resist attack.
8. Enjoy a picnic, bird watch, swim, fishing or try water skiing at Lake Maraboon.
9. Take a short stroll along Emerald’s Egerton Street to view the town’s magnificent public art then return at night to see the CBD sparkle with thousands of fairy-lit trees.
10. Take in the views from the spectacular lookouts in Minerva Hills National Park, discovering wildlife along the bushwalking tracks.

Contact us:

Phone: 07 4982 4142
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Website: www.centralqueenslandhighlands.com.au