There’s an authentic country charm to Emerald that you can feel in every ‘G’day’ and smile as you walk down the street.

It’s alive in the ornate architecture of the beautifully-restored train station. Built in 1900, the columns and wooden lattice work of the entrance are a beautiful welcome. Still serving the Emerald community, the station is within easy access to the main street.

The Emerald Botanic Gardens offer free entry to a tropical oasis hugging the banks of the Nogoa River. Chase butterflies through the foot paths, spot birds through the fan palms and listen to the trickle of the waterfall.

Under the spacious high ceilings and white gallery walls of the Emerald Art Gallery are more than two decades of history bringing the arts to the Emerald community. Changing exhibitions offer a variety of local and national artists alike. If you visit in August, you might be lucky enough to see who wins the Central Highlands Regional Council Annual Art Award.

Outside the art gallery the world’s largest reproduction of Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers masterpiece brings a touch of the splendour to Emerald’s Morton Park and pays homage to the town’s history as a significant sunflower producer. It’s easy to be charmed by Emerald.

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How did Emerald get its name? It’s thanks to a lush green hill – emerald in colour.