Queenslanders are certainly lucky when it comes to covid restrictions. We can travel freely around our state, which explains why there’s quite a few of us on the road. There’s also a number of Victorians on QLD roads. They escaped before QLD closed its border and they tell us they’re not returning any time soon. Little wonder, when curfews exist for all but the essentials. If you have to sit out covid, then travelling around this region of Queensland is not a bad option as we discovered when we left Wowan and headed for Emerald.
Emerald, like the nearby small townships of Rubyvale and Sapphire are so named for the gems found here. Today, though, it’s coal that rules the roost.
Emerald with a population of 14,000 has all the infrastructure you would expect in a town this size that supports very profitable coal, cotton, cattle, citrus and grain industries.
The Spirit of Australia passenger train makes a stopover here enroute from Brisbane to Winton. The feature photo showcases the very attractive Emerald Train Station.
We based ourselves for a few days at Lake Maraboon just outside Emerald. It was a good choice. The facilities are many – shady sites, water sports like kayaking and fishing for red claw (the dam is also well stocked with a variety of fish), pool, even a bar and cafe.
We are hitting the road for Clermont tomorrow. One thing we are finding makes good sense is to book into caravan parks earlier rather than later, and make the booking by phone.