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New Emerald-Sunshine Coast Flights

If you live on or near the Sunshine Coast, Alliance Airlines is making it easier than ever to Explore More of the Central Queensland Highlands. Direct, twice-weekly Emerald-Sunshine Coast flights are now available. Prices start from just $155 one way… Read more

Get the kids off the devices and into Central QLD Highlands!

Let’s face it. Most kids would probably be happy to fill the Easter school holidays with Roblox and TikTok! But it’ll be far easier to peel the kids away from their mobile devices – at least temporarily – when you… Read more

Carnarvon Gorge Accommodation Update

Takarakka Bush Resort at Carnarvon Gorge, Central Queensland Highlands, will be closed from Feb 8th until Feb 28th 2021 to carry out important maintenance work. Unfortunately, being the off-season, this means NONE of our formal accommodation providers will be open… Read more

Have a treasured holiday and get fossicking in Queensland’s backyard

There’s been an upsurge in the number of people fossicking for gold, sapphires, emeralds and opals in Queensland’s hotspots for precious metals and gems. More than 18,000 fossickers’ licences have been issued in just the last two financial years. With… Read more

Plan Ahead this Summer

Before you travel to the Central Queensland Highlands over the festive season, please plan ahead! Many tourism and hospitality operators reduce their opening hours, and some close, over the warmer months, so it pays to check with them before you… Read more

Christmas Gift Ideas

Add a Central Highlands Queensland flavour to your Christmas gifts with these ideas from the Visitor Information Centre in Emerald. Gourmet foods including sweet, savory and condiments, crafted in Emerald by Like Mum Used to Make. Cushion covers by Blackwater artist… Read more

Take Your Pick of Pools

When the mercury rises, take your pick from the Central Highlands’ seven aquatic centres. All aquatic centres are now open for the summer period and opening hours can be found on the Central Highlands Regional Council website. Facilities include the… Read more

Telling our story

The Central Highlands’ Tourism Development Coordinator Paul Thompson and the Media Mortar team spent last week travelling across the Central Highlands consulting with operators, community groups and residents. It’s part of a project to create a brand story, which will… Read more


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