The British Colony of Queensland was established in 1859.
There is the Fairbairn Dam near Emerald which overflowed in January 2008 with major flood of 1,000 houses being affected and more than 2,500 people being evacuated.
Emerald is a service town for a large number of industries in the area. Extensive coal mining operations are carried out in the district. Cotton is grown in the area, and is processed at the Yamala Cotton Gin, while other agricultural activities include grapes, citrus and grain growing.
We were pleased to stay in Emerald for a few nights before heading to the coast as we thought it about time we did.
A lot of signs are made like the one below in the area and surrounding areas.
View of the Dam plus surrounding area.