Emerald Australia

Emerald Australia inland from the Capricorn Coast.

It is a sizeable country town in the middle of cotton fields.

There are a few things to see and a wide range of facilities.
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Emerald Australia railway station by yewenyi via Flickr.com

Things to See and Do in Town
Along the main street through the town is the old Railway Station - the most famous historical landmark and one of the very few such buildings that have survived the four large fires that have ravaged the town during the 1900s.
Almost across the road is the town's central visitor information centre, and north of that is the CBD and the Town Hall with a piece of fossilised wood (found during the building of a railway bridge) in front of it. West of the CBD is Morton Park, with the 'Big Easel' and a huge replica of Vincent Van Gogh's painting Sunflowers.
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The painting Sunflowers by jason nahrung via Flickr.com

In the southern end of the park is Pioneer Cottages - a small historical village with a museum, a church and an old lockup. South-east of the CBD is the town's huge Botanical Gardens - an absolute surprise - they are some of the best in Australia, with many different vegetation zones, some excellent historical displays and plenty of great walking tracks.

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Old Railway Bridge by mgjefferies via Flickr.com

Outside the Town
Outside the town is Fairbairn Dam and the man made Lake Maraboon - popular with water sports, fishing and picnics with views. There is also a caravan park out there. Another place to fish is the Bottom Weir in the town.

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Fairbairn Dam on Lake Maraboon. by Otto_G via Flickr.com

And of course, there are caravan parks, hotels and motels in town. These include A & A Lodge MotelEmerald Inn, Emerald Meteor Motel, Star Hotel and Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn.

Here's a map of the town. You can double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

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