Old Rainworth Fort, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 828

Mount Zamia towers over Springsure, a small valley town in the Central Highlands, settled in the 1860s. Springsure's early history is dominated by conflicts between local Aboriginal groups and the intruding European settlers. The 1861 massacre of 19 Europeans at Cullin-la-ringo is commemorated at Old Rainworth Fort.

Visitor Information

Information shed, Rolleston Rd; or council offices; (07) 4984 1166.

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In Town

Aboriginal Yumba-Burin (resting place): in Cemetery Reserve, containing 3 bark burials (around 600 years old).

Rich Park Memorials: includes cattleyard displays and a Dakota engine from a plane that crashed during WW II.

Historic Hospital: heritage-listed building (1868) includes museum.


Minerva Hills National Park The park includes the Boorambool and Zamia mountains and has unusual wildlife, such as the fawn-footed melomys, on a 2.2 km walking track to a spectacular lookout, or have a bush picnic at Fred's Gorge. (07) 4984 1716; 4 km W of Springsure, part of road unsealed.

Carnarvon National Park, Ka Ka Mundi section This remote section of the park is in Qld's brigalow belt and features undulating plains and sandstone cliffs. See the king parrots and fig birds around the springs and creeks or the area's pastoral history at the old cattleyards near the springs. (07) 4984 1716; W on Springsure–Tambo Rd for 50 km, then S on Buckland Rd. Mt Moffatt section: see Mitchell. Gorge section: see Roma. Salvator Rosa section: see Tambo.

Old Rainworth Historical Complex: National Trust–listed buildings of old storehouse built after 1861 massacre; open 9am–2pm Mon–Fri (closed Thurs), 9am–5pm Sat–Sun; 10 km S.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Emerald Botanic Garden 66 km

Pack a picnic and explore the 42-hectare Emerald Botanic Garden on the banks of the Nagoa River. It has 6 kilometres of walks, and gardens representing major plant communities in central Queensland (with 90 per cent of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Discovery Holiday Parks – Lake Maraboon 52 km

Said to be 3 times the size of Sydney Harbour, Lake Maraboon is a major destination for fishing and boating enthusiasts year-round. The caravan park has excellent facilities: swimming pool, cabins, licensed restaurant,... Find out more

Emerald Cabin and Caravan Village 66 km

Overlooking Emerald’s 18-hole golf course, this caravan park has a range of facilities including drive-through powered sites, a laundry and a camp kitchen with gas BBQ, microwave and fridge. The camping area offers... Find out more

Rubyvale Caravan Park 87 km

This camping area is a short stroll from the Rubyvale town centre, and is located within easy distance of tourist mines and fossicking areas. There are powered and unpowered sites, and a range of good facilities.... Find out more

Rotary Shelter Shed camping area 89 km

This camping area, about 17 km north-east of the park office, is accessible only by 4WD (suitable for high-clearance camper trailers). There are no defined sites, but a maximum of 15 people can camp at any one time.... Find out more

West Branch camping area 95 km

This site is near the west branch of the Maranoa River and can be reached by conventional vehicles and off-road caravans in dry weather only. Open fires are permitted only at existing fire rings; check for fire bans. No... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Discovery Holiday Parks – Lake Maraboon 51 km

This park is located 18 km south-west of Emerald on the shores of Lake Maraboon, a popular spot for watersports and fishing. Red-claw crayfish are a major attraction. Many visitors come specifically to stay at Lake... Find out more

Blue Gem Tourist Park 81 km

For those interested in trying their luck on the gemfields, this park is a good base. It forms part of a shop and service station complex and is centrally located in Sapphire on the banks of Retreat Creek, where... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Emerald park area 66 km

At Emerald

Adjacent to the highway at the information centre in the middle of town.

Anakie rest area 72 km

45km W of Emerald (L) or 125km E of Alpha (R)

Just off the highway at the junction of the turn-off into town.

Comet park area 73 km

At Comet

Just off the highway at the Leichhardt Dig Tree memorial in the middle of town.

What's on around town

Horseracing: Mar.

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