Accommodation in Small-Town “Sunshine State”

Published On July 18, 2016 | By Millicent Epps | Business

The “Sunshine State” of Queensland in northeastern Australia boasts a warm climate and relaxed atmosphere. While busy holiday destinations in Queensland are filled with so many motels, hotels, and apartment complexes that it’s hard to keep track of them, finding a quality place to stay in small towns like Emerald is a more difficult task.

The Town of Emerald

Emerald, located in the state of Queensland, Australia, is known for being close to the area known as The Gemfields, where one can find the largest sapphire fields in the southern hemisphere. Its neighbours are the towns of Sapphire and Rubyvale. The township is rural and heavily populated by miners, horticulturalists, and farmers, along with students studying agriculture at the Emerald campus of Central Queensland University. The annual GemFest jewellery and gemstone festival brings a lot of tourism to the area. Other tourists come to check out the Fairbairn Dam which contains the waters of Lake Maraboon, one of the largest artificial lakes in the country. Fishing and waterskiing in the refreshing Maraboon waters is a nature lover’s delight.

The town of Emerald can treat you to a busy local golf course, a Botanic Gardens that showcases the diversity of local flora, and a market which sells fresh produce and local crafts every third Sunday of the month. Even though the town is small, a central marketplace provides a cool air-conditioned mall for shopping needs and hosts local cafes where you can enjoy a tasty treat or a cup of coffee.


Many visitors frequent the area for business. The Ag-Grow Emerald field day brings in over 28,000 visitors annually who are interested in seeing the latest developments in the agricultural and mining industries and the country lifestyle. For those interested in rural Australian life, Emerald is the place to be.

Finding a Place to Stay in Emerald

When considering a place to stay short-term, one has to look at cost-effectiveness, location, and services provided. It’s easy for someone to accidentally find himself or herself booked into an unacceptable room if he or she doesn’t have all the information he or she needs.

A visitor to Emerald should consider a fully furnished apartment with a balcony and kitchenette and service on request if he or she is looking for a more cost-effective option than a motel room. After a long day’s work or play in the rural Australian sun, there’s nothing better than relaxing with a glass of wine in a private air-conditioned suite or with a beer and a couple of mates on the balcony. Emerald Executive Apartments is one such place that offers this kind of environment along with Wi-Fi and Foxtel services and views over Emerald’s Golf Course.

The town of Emerald may be small, but just like its namesake, it’s a gem! If you’ve got a car, nothing in the state of Queensland is entirely out of reach. Explore the outback or take a road trip to stay overnight in Rockhampton or by the beaches of Gladstone, knowing you’ve got a safe and secure place to return to in Emerald.

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