Emerald's Railway Station is heritage listed and still works today for travellers on the Spirit of the Outback train service. There are plenty of things to do in the town as Emerald has over ten thousand people and stopping there for ten minutes on the Spirit of the Outback is not really enough. When I stopped there, Emerald seemed prosperous and for reasons such as farming. There are a lot of pubs and restaurants near the railway station.
Emerald, aside from a hub for seasonal work, is significant for the Central Highlands region which has big value as an inland tourism destination but also heritage and geographical value. Based on my short stop off at the station, I think the town is welcoming to a certain extent because it is prosperous. The town was a pleasant surprise so, by all means, get to the Central Highlands and try Emerald, accessible by train, plane and bus. The Spirit of the Outback train service stops there at daylight hours both towards and away from Longreach.
Sign for Emerald tourism on lawn beside the station.
The station had a great feel to it, as though a gateway to a great place. I could go across to the newsagent which was extensively stocked, with the ten dollars EFTPOS minimum an interesting fact, but they do a great postcard and have a great range of reading materials and travel supplies - reminds me of an airport newsagent. The air smells of horses and cows and there are off-road vehicles everywhere. I wouldn't have thought much of the place before the stop off but now I'm way more supportive of tourism there. It just goes to show how surprises stick in the mind, sometimes compared to the coast the inland tourism isn't as good but when it pleasantly surprises it's a wonderful thing.