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Gems and Fossicking


Don't rely on your weekly lotto ticket to get-rich-quick. Head out west, grab a fossicking pan and strike it rich with a gold or gemstone find.

Make Capricorn your first stop. This fossicker’s paradise has geological wonders like gold, opals and gems just waiting to be dusted off. You can either join a fossicking tour of the top sites or obtain a permit to get off the beaten track to do it yourself.

Nuggets of glittering gold is the aim of the game at Mount Morgan - one of the oldest mines in Australia, but if precious gemstones that glow like the colours of the rainbow is what tickles your fancy, read on for locations to get your fix.

Opalton in Queensland's Outback is your destination to hunt for a Queensland Boulder Opal and for Sapphires to rival the heart of the ocean, head to the Sapphire Gemfields for a guided mine tour and gem galleries that will leave twinkles in your eyes.

Other geological treasures like thunder eggs, fossilised wood and dinosaur fossils could form part of your loot, so keep your eyes peeled.

Places to Visit


  • Alpha
    Alpha

    Alpha

    Alpha, the 'Town of Murals', was established in 1884 and is part of Jericho Shire, one of Queensland's largest cattle producing areas.

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  • Rubyvale Gem Gallery
    Rubyvale Gem Gallery

    Rubyvale Gem Gallery

    Australian Tourism Award winning Rubyvale Gem Gallery is a small family business established in 1988, and now situated in their brand new shop on Main Street in Rubyvale.

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  • Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units
    Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units

    Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units

    Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units provides luxury 4 star accommodation. An oasis for guests wanting the perfect place to stay while discovering the Sapphire Gemfields.

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  • Waltzing Matilda Centre
    Waltzing Matilda Centre

    Waltzing Matilda Centre

    If there is one song that lives in the hearts of all Australians, it's "Waltzing Matilda". The song written by A.

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  • Rubyvale
    Rubyvale

    Rubyvale

    Rubyvale is set right amidst the Sapphire Gemfields and offers comfortable accommodation within a hotel or cabin as well as holiday units and a van park.

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  • Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park
    Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park

    Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park

    Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park, 36 kilometres west of Rockhampton on the Capricorn Highway is an internationally known destination for thunderegg fossicking.

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  • Miners Heritage Walk-In Mine
    Miners Heritage Walk-In Mine

    Miners Heritage Walk-In Mine

    Miners Heritage is Australia's largest Underground Walk-In Sapphire Mine Tour. Go to the Central Queensland Sapphire Fields and take an informative 30 minute guided Mine Tour which is suitable for all ages.

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  • Opalton
    Opalton

    Opalton

    Home of Queensland Boulder Opal, Opalton lies 124 kilometres from Winton. Opal was first discovered here by George Cragg in 1888 and the first mine was worked in 1894.

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  • M and M Sapphires
    M and M Sapphires

    M and M Sapphires

    Buy direct from the Miner. M and M Sapphires have exquisite Cut Sapphires and Sapphire Jewellery on display.

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  • Sapphire
    Sapphire

    Sapphire

    With a name like that you can only guess what can be found. There is a sense of fun and adventure fossicking for your own sapphires, and absorb the history of this fascinating area.

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