CQUniversity Emerald is located on the Capricorn Highway, 275 km west of Rockhampton, and is popular with students studying trade-based apprenticeships, in addition to certificate, diploma, degree and research qualifications in business, education, health and agriculture.

CQUniversity is a leader in online/distance study and prides itself on providing students with the flexibility to study their own way, it also realises the importance of staying connected with its students. CQUniversity Emerald gives students a place to seek support, form study groups, and access resources and technology, and also provides spaces for quiet study.

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About Emerald

Emerald is part of the Central Highlands region which has a uniquely diverse industry base, which gives the area a competitive and sustainable advantage over other rural communities. The region encompasses an area of around 60 000 square kilometres.

Central Highlands is home to around 30 000 people who live in the thirteen unique communities of Arcadia Valley, Bauhinia, Blackwater, Bluff, Capella, Comet, Dingo, Duaringa, Emerald, Rolleston, Sapphire Gemfields, Springsure, and Tieri.

Emerald has regular daily air services to and from Brisbane and is positioned along the passenger rail line from Rockhampton to Longreach, the Rail's 'Spirit of the Outback' tourist train. Public transport in Emerald consists of a local taxi.

Economic activity in the region includes gem and coal mining, cattle production, a wide variety of agricultural industries like cotton, horticulture, aquaculture, and tourism.

Emerald has a warm, dry climate with two distinct seasons (the dry winter season and the wet summer season). Winter temperatures average from 8 -23 °C, while summer temperatures range from around 22 -39 °C.

For local information about the Emerald region, accommodation, and schooling options, please visit Central Highlands Regional Council


  • Workshops (for apprenticeship training)
  • Student common room equipped with free tea & coffee facilities
  • Photocopying, scanning and printing facilities
  • After hours computer laboratory - swipe card access
  • Free wi-fi for students
  • Food available from onsite caterer
  • Online Study Centre

Contact Details


Capricorn Highway, Emerald QLD 4720
Current and future student enquiries: 13 27 86
Overseas enquiries: +61 7 4930 9000
Local campus enquiries: +61 7 4980 4111


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