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Car Hire from Emerald Airport

Car Hire from Emerald Airport

Emerald Airport is located in the Central Highlands of Queensland, Australia. It’s a region of old industry, rural farmland and authentic towns and village untouched by tourism. With a hire car from Emerald Airport you’re sure to discover scenic road routes, incredible countryside and a real slice of Queensland life.

Where to hire a car at Emerald Airport

A number of car hire companies operate within Emerald Airport’s small terminal building. Drivers can choose from Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Hertz, Europcar and OAQ.

Petrol Stations near Emerald Airport

The closest petrol stations to Emerald Airport are situated in the town of Emerald, around 10 minutes’ drive from the airport. The closest is Coles Express, a service station located on route A7, before it reaches the intersection with the A4 in the centre of Emerald.

Driving around Emerald Airport

Emerald Airport sits on the A7, also known as the Gregory Highway. This road travels north towards Emerald and south to Gindie and Springsure. It’s also easy to pick up route A4 from the airport. This road travels west to Willows and Jericho and east to Rockhampton and the coast.
Driving around Emerald Airport is easy. Roads around Emerald Airport are well maintained and well signposted and cars drive on the left, just as they do in the UK. Because Emerald is a small place, there is rarely any congestion on the roads. Across Queensland, the majority of roads are sealed but if you’re travelling to remote areas, you may come across unsealed, dirt tracks. These roads are clearly marked on good maps and you should check with your car hire company as to whether you can take your hire car down them.

Getting to your destination

With a hire car from Emerald Airport, there are lots of great destinations within easy driving distance. Here are just a few of them:


Emerald is a large town, where you can experience real, down to earth Queensland life. The town is named after Emerald Downs Hill, which is located just north of the town. As well as being home to a listed railway station, an ancient fossilised tree and the world’s largest Van Gogh sunflower painting, the town acts as a gateway for exploring Queensland’s Central Highlands.
It takes just 10 minutes to drive from Emerald Airport to Emerald town centre, taking route A7 north. The A7 runs through the centre of town and acts as a handy reference point for navigation. It’s easy to find a parking space in the small town and attractions are all well signposted.


Sitting at the foothills of Mount Zamia, Springsure is a picturesque town offering a range of historical sights and outdoor activities. In the town, visitors will find a heritage listed hospital and a museum full of artefacts. National parks in the region surrounding Springsure include Minerva Hills, Ka Ka Mundi and Salvatore Rosa, all of which offer great hiking opportunities and impressive viewpoints.
Springsure is 40 minutes’ drive from Emerald Airport, taking the A7 south. The town is laid out over just a few roads so it’s easy to find your way around.


The small town of Blackwater is known as the “coal mining capital of Queensland”. At local bars and pubs, you can mingle with the local mining community, whilst at the Blackwater International Coal Centre you can learn more about the coal industry through a variety of interactive exhibits. Close by, you can enjoy the fresh air out at Bedford Weir, a popular destination for water skiing, boating and fishing.
Blackwater is an hour’s drive east of Emerald Airport, taking route A4. The small town offers plenty of parking options as does Bedford Weir.

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