Over millions of years, water has eroded a deep and dramatic gorge system within the layers of soft, white sandstone creating majestic cliffs that change colour with the movement of the sun. Carnarvon Creek flows all year, giving life to a luxuriant growth of ferns, palms, shrubs and trees.
Capella + the Peak Range
Explore more of the Central Queensland Highlands’ agricultural history at the Capella Pioneer Village. Its centrepiece is the 1869 “Peak Downs” Homestead, complete with historical and vintage farm machines, many of which are still in working order. Meander along the parklands and discover the Australian Light Horse Monument. Take a drive through farmland countryside and take in the beauty of The Peaks, a chain of prominent and picturesque mountains.
Emerald Mosaic Walk + Giant Sunflowers
Once famous as a major sunflower producer, Emerald is now home to the world’s biggest (25m high) van Gogh Sunflower paining on an easel. Also located by the Visitor Information Centre is the intricately-designed Mosaic Pathway that leads you through 100 years in 100 metres of Emerald’s colourful history. There are lovely grassed areas, a picnic shelter, toilets and caravan parking.
(Further information is available at centralhighlands.com.au and the Visitor Information Centre)