Emerald POPULATION: 13,500 for the whole shire AREA: 10,230 square kilometres for the whole shire
Emerald is a busy and progressive town with diverse industries such as cattle, agriculture and tourism. The town also services local coal mines. Visitors can tour a coalmine or try their hand at fossicking. Originally created by Queensland Rail, this town is home to the beautiful colonial Emerald Railway Station. INDUSTRIES PRIMARY: Coal,Sapphire and Gem mining, Cotton, Wheat Maize, Sorghum, Oats, Barley, Sunflower, Soybean, Beef, Aquaculture, Citrus, Grapes, Avocados, Mangos, Native Flowers, Peanuts and many small crops. SECONDARY INDUSTRIES: Meat processing, Concrete block making, Sawmilling, Engineering, Furniture and Cabinet making, Jewellery manufacturing, Gemcutting. CLIMATE: Winter Dry Season, Av Temp 23-8 Centigrade and Summer Wet Season 34-22 Centigrade. Rainfall 640ml per annum CLOSEST TOWNS: Comet, Anakie, Saphire, Rubyvale, The Willows Ginde, Gemfields and Bogantungan. DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE (State Capital): 918kms
West of Innisfail, Atherton is the main town of the tablelands, a plateau 600-1 000m above sea level. The eastern rim of the tablelands is the only area still covered in rainforest the areas rich volcanic soils now mostly used as farmland.
The largest island national park in the world, Hinchinbrook is the perfect place to restore body mind and spirit. There's no television or telephones in your room. This is the island to choose if you want peace, beauty and tranquility.
The island accommodates just fifty guests in a low key, but excellent resort.
Hinchinbrook is a bushwalker's paradise. Teeming with wildlife, a jagged chain of mountains forms the backbone of the island. You'll see rainforests of Milky Pine, Palm Figs, vines and more than sixty-six species of birds, twenty- two species of butterflies, twenty-nine species of mangroves and many varieties of fish and crustaceans.
Hour to get to Hinchinbrook
Located half way between Townsville and Cairns and just 41 minutes by launch from Cardwell, you can also arrive by sea plane from Townsville (60 minutes) or Cairns (90 minutes).
Telephone: 61-70-668 585
Facsimile: 61-70-668 742
POPULATION: 17,000 (Shire) approximately
Airlie Beach is situated right on the coast, 24 kilometres from Proserpine. Explore the magical Whitsundays with day trips that offer sailing, trips to the outer Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling and coral viewing, fishing, rainforest walks, visits to a wildlife park, a chance to explore uninhabitated and resort islands, scenic flights and diving. Island and mainland accommodation is available, ranging from camping through to 5 star luxury resorts. During the sugar crushing season, sugar mill tours are conducted. There is a large variety of restaurants and shopping facilities. Overnight crewed sailing trips through the islands, and the largest Bareboat Charter Fleet in the world also operate from here giving you the chance to skipper your own boat. National Parks and Wildlife Service covers 74 islands and 50 000 hectares on the mainland. There are two marinas which together offer 300 berths. Markets are held Saturday mornings along the Airlie Beach esplanade. DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE (State Capital): 1,146km
Find these interesting facts and more on the Queensland State Government at:
Qld Case Law
Supreme Court of Queensland - Court of Appeal Decisions 1998-
Queensland Planning and Environment Court Decisions 1999-
Anti-Discrimination Tribunal Queensland 1998-
Queensland Building Tribunal 1996-
Queensland Industrial Relations Commission Decisions 1999-
The Townsville region extends from Bowen in the south and to Mission Beach in the north. The region has a colourful history shaped by Aboriginal tribes, miners, pastoralists and war. Remnants of these times are evident in the colonial architecture, historic pubs, museums and displays of gold mining machinery and cottages. Townsville is the main administrative, commercial and manufacturing city of northern Queensland.
1360km from Brisbane and 4 hours south of Cairns, Townsville is a relaxed coastal city renowned for its magnificent tropical climate. At the base of Castle Hill, a 300 metre red granite outcrop, Townsville is a charming blend of old and new.
Noosa is from the Aboriginal word "Noothera" meaning "shaded place". Noosa is a place of natural beauty, a cosmopolitan village of restaurants, shopping boutiques and sidewalk cafes. It is minutes from some of the best of Australia's unspoilt environment: beaches, rainforest. bushland, everglades and lakes - couple that with world class food, at some of Australia's best restaurants, shopping and accommodation - there is nothing like it.
The forests and wetlands of the Noosa region provide a natural habitat for a diverse range of native wildlife - koalas, kangaroos, and a huge variety of bird species.
AREA: 1,723,936 sq. km., POPULATION: 2,625,000
CAPITAL: Brisbane (1,200,000)
Queensland enjoys the self-appointed name of the 'Sunshine State', much of which is deserved for its semi-tropical weather, thousands of kilometres of beaches, and easy going life-style.
It may well be called the 'diverse' state, due to the variety of landscape and climate which it constitutes.
In the north the tropical region has rain-forests, gorges, islands, and massive rivers which cut access to many places after rains. Being tropical it is also cyclonic and the extremes of weather can be experienced.
Nothing but the very best
Famous as a resort since the 1930 Orpheus Island is a favorite retreat for the well travelled and discerning. Just 120 km (75 miles) north of Townsville. Orpheus is the second largest of the Palm Group of Islands. It's craggy terrain hides sheltered bays, lagoons and seven wonderful beaches.
Enjoy the best of The Great Barrier Reef. The whole island was declared a national park in 1979 and there's a marine research station at Pioneer Bay, which gives you an indication of the importance of the area. The fringing reefs on the north east and north west are great for snorkelling and diving. The island boasts 1100 species of fish, 340 species of coral, playful dolphins, and in season offers the exhilarating experience of sighting families of humpback whales.
Take a boat trip to Zoe Bay at Hinchinbrook Island, or explore the uninhabited islands of the Palm Island Group. There is a diving school on Orpheus and you couldn't wish for a better place to learn. The wide variety of vegetation includes rainforest, eucalypts and wild orchids. There's more than 50 species of birds. Giant turtles nest regularly on the beaches.
How to get to Orpheus Island.
The easiest way is by seaplane available four times a week from Townsville, or from Cairns three times a week. Helicopters can also be chartered from Townsville.
Telephone 61-77 777 377.
Isle of peace and plenty
Part of the Family Group of Islands, and one of the most tropical on the Barrier Reef in terms of its lush vegetation, Dunk Island is about 160 km (100 miles) north of Townsville and 120 km (75 miles) south of Cairns. A birdwatcher's paradise, Dunk Island is also the home of the stunning Ulysser Butterfly, which is the island's symbol.
A catamaran operates daily to the outer reef just 50 minutes away. At Beaver Cay you can snorkel or view coral gardens and marine life from a glass bottomed boat or semi-submersible craft........Read On: Dunk Island
Innisfail POPULATION: 8,100 approximately GENERAL INFORMATION: Innisfail is a prosperous, colourful town, situated on the North and South Johnstone Rivers, and is surrounded by rich green landscape. Lush sugar plantations flow from the dense rainforest coastline to the thick jungles of the Palmerston National Park to the west. Sugar has been grown here since the early 1880's. Tea, bananas, pawpaws and other exotic tropical fruits are also grown within the area. Aquaculture also plays an important part in the area's economy ranging from prawn, barramundi and fresh crayfish to crocodile farming. DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE (State Capital): 1,719 kilometres
Cairns, city (1991 pop. 64,463), Queensland, NE Australia, on Trinity Bay. It is a principal sugar port of Australia; lumber and other agricultural products are also exported. The city's proximity to the Great Barrier Reef has made it a tourist center. In 1994 the state decided to amalgamate the city with Mulgrave Shire and the tip of Douglas Shire to create one of three new “super cities.”