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Minerva Hills National Park
Minerva Hills National Park is located an hours' drive south of town. It features a dramatic landscape that you can explore on a day trip while holidaying on Emerald packages. Mount Boorambool and Mount Zamia are the most recognisable landmarks in the park, both with striking jagged peaks. Walking trails pass through grassy woodlands and dry rainforests where you’ll see native plants and can take in views of the peaks. There’s also some impressive Kariai Aboriginal rock art to see while visiting Minerva Hills on Emerald holiday packages.
The town may be called Emerald, but the region is particularly known for another type of gemstone – sapphires. Plan a visit to the Sapphire Gemfields to the west of town after booking a hotel and accommodation in Emerald. The gemfield covers almost 900 square kilometres (347 square miles), making it one of the largest in the world. Visit the Rubyvale Gem Gallery to see some beautiful sapphires and maybe purchase one as a souvenir. You can even try your hand at fossicking for sapphires around the gemfields.
Blackdown Tableland National Park
Blackdown Tableland is another impressive national park that you can visit while holidaying on Emerald packages. The national park is located on top of a plateau, so visitors are treated to gorgeous views over the surrounding area. There are dramatic cliffs and rock formations, sandstone gorges, dry eucalypt forest, and gushing waterfalls around the park. Blackdown Tableland National Park is also home to an impressive collection of Ghungalu rock art. Take in the sights along one of the many hikes available or a 19-kilometre (12-mile) scenic loop drive if you have access to a 4WD.
What is the cost of visiting Emerald?
Hotels and accommodation in Emerald are typically priced between $100 and $150 NZD per night. Those rates can go even lower when you bundle your hotel and flights with Webjet’s Emerald holiday packages. Hiring a car is the best way to explore Emerald and the surrounding region. Reserve your car with Webjet while booking your Emerald accommodation and flight packages. Rates start at about $70 NZD per day.
Some of Emerald’s top attractions are free to visit, including Minerva Hills National Park, Blackdown Tablelands National Park, Emerald Art Gallery, and Emerald Botanic Gardens. Visiting the Sapphire Gemfields is another fun activity for travellers who book Emerald holiday packages. A fossicking permit costs $8.50 AUD ($9.05 NZD) for a single person or $12.20 AUD ($13 NZD) for a family and is good for a month. Visit the Rubyvale Observatory to get a closer look at the night sky while holidaying on Emerald packages. A nighttime session costs $45 AUD ($47.85 NZD).
What are the best restaurants and cafes in Emerald?
You can head to Capricornian for breakfast or dinner while visiting Queensland on Emerald holiday packages. The à la carte menu serves a selection of different dishes, many of which are modern-Australian with a Mediterranean flair. Try dishes like pappardelle carbonara with homemade pasta, wood oven pizzas, and duck breast salad. Meat-lovers can also enjoy high-end cuts of char-grilled steak and mains like smoky pork ribs and Portuguese lamb. Your server can help you match your meal with one of the options from Capricornian’s extensive wine menu.
Shelfield Coffee Brewers
Fuel up at Shelfield before a day of exploring while you’re holidaying on Emerald packages. The cafe has a sleek design and serves high-quality coffee that could fit right in with the sophisticated coffee cultures of Melbourne or Sydney. Accompany your coffee with something to eat. Shelfield serves heartier meals like smashed avocado on sourdough and savoury frittatas as well as a selection of pastries and sweet treats.
Theo’s is a great spot to grab a casual meal while holidaying on Emerald accommodation and flight packages. Order a quick sandwich or salad or opt for something a little heartier for breakfast or lunch like eggs benedict, American-style pancakes, a bacon and egg cheeseburger, or chicken parmigiana. Theo’s also has a nice selection of coffees and other barista drinks, smoothies, and pastries.