Snapshot of Attractions

Central Highlands is one of those rare areas that have so many natural attractions to see. You can enjoy bush walking and camping under the vast star filled sky at the range of parks and forests in the region.

For those who feel lucky, try fossicking at the Gemfields in quest of that big shimmering sapphire! Maybe kick back, relax and enjoy a fish or ski at one of our many dams.

Take advantage of one of the mine tours offered at the Blackwater International Coal Centre where you’ll see the operation of a working open cut mine. If you are still wanting to learn more about the locally treasured ‘black gold’ then visit the interactive displays, where you will be sure to get a real ‘feel’ for this industry.

Perhaps you enjoy journeys through diverse and scenic country side? Then the individual self drive tours along one of the eight tourist routes are ideal. Take the time to soak up the history of each area in this large and wonderful region through the local museums and buildings.

From sandstone escarpments and sparkling sapphire fields to glistening fresh water springs, the Central Highlands is the perfect place to embark on an Aussie adventure.

Central Highlands Development Corporation

Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) is the tourism body for our region, for further information about chdc visit

Information Centres

Contact one of our friendly volunteers at any of the below information centers for tourism.

The VIC has the following opening hours from Monday 14 October 2013:


Town Centre /Organisation Location Contact No.
Emerald Central Highlands Visitor Centre (VIC) Clermont Street
Emerald QLD 4720
07 4982 4142
Springsure Springsure Information Centre
(open from 9am-2pm)
Gregory Hwy
Springsure QLD 4722
07 4984 1961
Blackwater Blackwater International Coal Centre Capricorn Hwy
Blackwater QLD 4717
07 4982 7755
Capella Capella Agencies Peak Downs Street
Capella QLD 4723
07 4984 9457
Duaringa Duaringa Historical & Information Centre Mackenzie Park
Duaringa QLD 4712

07 4935 7077

The Emerald VIC has the following opening hours from Monday 14 October 2013:

Monday to Friday          9:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday to Sunday    10:00am – 2:00pm
Public Holidays           10:00am – 2:00pm