Our Community

Cowal Ag farms are located around Emerald, the largest town in the Central Highlands region of the state of Queensland, Australia with a population of around 14,000.

Emerald has six primary schools, three secondary schools and a campus of Central Queensland University. The town has a range of health services including  24-hours a day, seven days a week emergency department, inpatient and outpatient care.

The Central Highlands region is rich in agriculture, horticulture, grazing, mining and minerals. Fairbairn Dam, constructed in 1972, is located 25 kilometres southwest of Emerald on the Nogoa River. About 300 irrigators are supplied with water for agriculture and horticulture enterprises.

The dam created Lake Maraboon (Aboriginal for “where the black ducks fly”) which is the second largest artificial lake in Queensland. is a favourite spot for skiing, boating, and fishing.  The lake is stocked with several kinds of fish, including barramundi, perch, bass, saratoga and red claw crayfish and is a favourite spot for skiing, boating, and fishing. Cowal Ag farms have over 12 kilometres of Nogoa River frontage with access to fishing and boating.

Cowal Ag is a farming business that strives to be productive, profitable and where health and safety risk is managed. Most employees live on-farm and our farm families’ total 50 people, including 20 children.

The Central Queensland sandstone belt national parks, including Carnarvon Gorge, are all accessible from Emerald.

Emerald is 3 hours from the Great Barrier Reef  and “closer to Barra country”.