Emerald is in the heart of the Central Highlands, 271km west of Rockhampton along the Capricorn Highway. The Gregory Highway also runs through Emerald – south to Biloela and north to Clermont. Nearby Lake Maraboon and the Fairbairn Dam is a popular for camping, for barbecues, swimming, skiing and boating. Lake Maraboon, is 3 times the size of Sydney Harbour.
- Local Council: Emerald Shire Council
- Central Highlands Tourism has a lot of regional information for visitors
- Local Schools: Emerald North State School, Emerald State School, Emerald State High School