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Largest painting on an easel in the world

Bougainvillea in the botanic garden

Federation Pillars

Peaceful glade

Emerald railway station

26th August

We are spending a few days here for some R&R. The truck is booked in for a service in Rockhampton on Thursday.

We have hit civilisation at last. Coming into town we saw the golden arches sign, then Woolworths. First job after setting up is to go shopping and buy a new jug, the other one gave up the ghost in Winton. Very excited to see some grass on our site, it has been so dry since we left Cairns.

A much cooler day here, after a walk around town,(easier than driving, every time you need to turn a corner, no right turn, bugga), we went to the Botanic Gardens.

The Emerald Botanic Gardens is situated on the banks of the Nogoa River, the life blood of the Emerald irrigation area. They are the only Botanic gardens in the Central Western District of Queensland. The area covers 42 hectares, with 6 kms of walking tracks.

We were told that about 3 months ago a picture was taken of a small saltwater crocodile on the banks of the lake. No one knows how it got there but have been left wondering where mum and dad are.

Emerald was not named after the gem, but for the lush green pastures that once surrounded the town. Emerald is the hub of the Central Highlands area.

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