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Explore More of Central Queensland Highlands Events Scene

The launch of a new events hub for the Central Queensland Highlands makes it easier than ever to Explore More of the region’s thriving social scene.  What’s On – Central Queensland Highlands, unveiled just in time for the Queensland school… Read more

On a Dirt Road Somewhere … Lake Nuga Nuga

An oasis on the plains of Arcadia Valley, surrounded by towering sandstone mountains, lined with huge shady trees, Lake Nuga Nuga is a sight to be seen.

Top Boredom Busting Spot for School Holidays

We’re just days away from the Queensland school holidays. If that statement is a little terrifying, let us ease your fears! The Sapphire Gemfields is seriously a top boredom-busting spot for kids. It goes without saying (we’ll say it anyway)… Read more

A new quest to inspire you to Explore More

A campaign to inspire visitors to Explore More of the Central Queensland Highlands has picked up pace on social media. Explore More of the Sapphire Gemfields has premiered on Facebook and Instagram and is the first of five short and snappy… Read more

New tour bus takes visitors even deeper through Carnarvon Gorge

BY CAPRICORN ENTERPRISE Leading guided tours is more than ‘just a job’ to Michelle and Simon from Carnarvon Gorge Eco Tours (Australian Nature Guides). With a passion for the outdoors and showing visitors the wonders of their beautiful backyard, the… Read more

Local artist ‘chuffed’ to share story of resilience and optimism

BY CENTRAL HIGHLANDS REGIONAL COUNCIL For Derek Hedgcock, community art is all about storytelling and his latest design tells one of the undeniable resilience and stoic optimism of the Central Highlands. The piece, entitled ‘We Can’t Fly! But… We’re Telling… Read more

Gemfest, Festival of Gems – Australia’s Premier Gem Show makes a comeback in 2021

Townships within Central Queensland Highlands are set to shine at this year’s Gemfest, Festival of Gems from 12th – 15th August. With planning well underway for the iconic event, which was dampened by pandemic restrictions in 2020, Australia’s Premier Gem… Read more

Visitor Centre Opening Hours for Anzac Day long weekend

If you need to call into one of our Visitor Information Centres this long weekend, please first check we’re open! EMERALD: Central Queensland Highlands Visitor Information Centre, Clermont Street. Phone 07 4982 4142 OPEN Saturday, 24 April, 9:00am – 3:00pm… Read more


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