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The airport serving the Central Highlands town of Emerald lies four miles south of this Queensland community with car rental in Emerald Airport. Between 2009 and 2010, over 124,000 passengers boarded one of this airport's approximately 30 weekly direct QantasLink flights to Brisbane. Around three of these flights leave the airport each weekend, while about five flights are handled during weekdays.
Emerald Airport facilities
In 2010, the airport terminal was refurbished and modernized to include a state-of-the-art flight information system. However, Avis, Budget, Thrifty and Hertz all continue to offer opportunities to compare car hire here. Baby change rooms and showers are situated in the disabled persons' toilet area. The Arrivals area features a brochure stand, public telephones and baggage claim.
Emerald Airport excursions
Emerald may lie over 186 miles from Queensland's coast with car hire in Emerald Airport, but visitors can still cool off at the much closer Fairbairn Dam, just south of the town centre. This huge artificial lake, one of Australia's largest, holds a greater amount of water than Sydney Harbour at its full capacity. The Gemfields region just west of Emerald boasts the Southern Hemisphere's biggest sapphire fields.
Best time to visit
Emerald's inland location means the community experiences drier summers and cooler winters than coastal Queensland. However, winters (July and August) remain milder and more pleasant than those experienced farther south of the equator. The inland or easterly trough is most active during the warm summer months between December and February, bringing sudden thunderstorms to this normally dry area.
Car rental in Emerald Airport
The Gregory and Capricorn highways connect in Emerald, but the Tropic of Capricorn itself meets the Gregory Highway not far to the town's north. Another unique Emerald landmark that motorists will encounter is the world's largest Van Gogh sunflower painting, displayed on a Morton Park easel near the Capricorn Highway, next to Emerald's visitor information centre.
The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).