Anakie is a mining town and full time residents in these towns accumatively numbering 2000 approximately. Anakie is positioned at the Sapphire Gemfields ‘crossroads’ along the Capricorn Highway, and hosts Australia’s largest sapphire exhibition, ‘Gemfest – Festival of Gems’, over four days each August
Emerald is a large, friendly country town that was established in 1879 as a base for the building of the western railway and named after the lush green pastures on ‘Emerald Downs’, a property settled by early pioneers just north of town.
At the 2016 Census, Emerald had an urban population of approximately 13,500. One of the largest towns on the Central Highlands, Emerald is the regional centre and thriving hub for many government facilities including council, education, and health and industries including mining, beef cattle, cotton, cropping, sunflowers, gemstones, tourism and citrus