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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

Drag n Dine Show to hit New Royal Hotel Rubyvale

Colourful fun is going to light up the New Royal Hotel Rubyvale this week as Brisbane based multi-award-winning drag cabaret entertainer, Wanda D’Parke brings her flamboyant show back to the Central Queensland Highlands community. Following a successful visit to the… Read more

Tell us how we can enhance your stay

What can the Central Queensland Highlands do to enhance its welcome to recreational vehicle (RV) owners, caravanners and campers? A survey is open here until 30 April 2021 to collect public feedback for the Central Queensland Highlands Recreational Vehicle (RV) and… Read more

Expanded VIC operating hours

Our welcome is now bigger than ever! We’ve recruited six more visitor service officers which means our Visitor Information Centres (VICs) in Springsure, Blackwater, and Duaringa are now open for longer during the peak season April – October. Blackwater’s VIC… Read more

Farewell to tourism trailblazer

We are incredibly saddened by the loss of Peter Brown, founder of the multi-award-winning Rubyvale Gem Gallery. Peter, who arrived in the Sapphire Gemfields in 1974, was a trailblazer and a leader in our local tourism industry, and an all-round… Read more

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