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Cutting thundereggs
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Map of Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park
3665 Capricorn Highway
Queensland 4702 Australia

Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park
Wycarbah, Rockhampton Area

07 4934 7183


Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park, 36 kilometres west of Rockhampton on the Capricorn Highway is an internationally known destination for thunderegg fossicking. Thundereggs or 'volcanic birthstones' are crystalline formations that occur when gas bubbles in molten lava solidify on cooling. Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park is also a well-known destination for the purchase of semi-precious Australian gemstone products, cut and polished in the Mount Hay factory. Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park is also the home of 'Aradon Fine Pewter', where a large range of Australiana gift lines and souvenirs are produced and marketed nationally. Visitors to the park have a choice of browsing the gift shop, going fossicking (tools and assistance provided), or taking a guided tour of the fossicking area and the gemstone cutting and pewter casting factories. Admission to the park is free (includes picnic area and barbecues), and there are camping and caravan sites as well as a kiosk. Fees apply to fossicking and tours and enclosed footwear is required.

Property Details


  • Access Without Assistance for the Disabled
    Non-assisted Access
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
  • Car park
    Car park
  • First Aid Equipment
    First Aid Equipment
  • Guide
  • Parking for the Disabled
    Disabled Parking
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks


  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Fossicking
  • Rock Climbing
    Rock Climbing
  • Walking

Open Times

Note: Open everyday, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 0830 to 1630.

Other Information

Children are welcome. All activities available to children, safe footwear and sun protection required. Lightweight tools are available for fossicking.

Access is available to all buildings, including toilets for guests with a disability. Wheelchair/vehicle access to fossicking area, staff available to assist.

Pets Allowed:
Yes. Pets are allowed if under control.

Access Tour

Private transfer from Rockhampton is available with a staff member. Ring attraction for contact details.

Entity Restrictions

Enclosed footwear required. No glass allowed in fossicking area.

General Comments

No cash out on electronic fund transfer at the point of sale (EFTPOS).

How To Get There

36 kilometres from Rockhampton's southern roundabout, west on Capricorn Highway (the A4) heading towards Emerald and Longreach.

Pet Extract

Pets are welcome at the Facility.

Entry Costs

EntryCostValid From 
Adult$25.00   30 Apr - 31 Mar   Fossicking only. Includes two stones cut free.
Adult$35.00   30 Apr - 31 Mar   Guided tour. Fossicking and factory tour including cut stones.
(Aged 5-15)
$15.00   30 Apr - 31 Mar   Fossicking only. Includes two stones cut free. Children under 5 years AUD5.00.
(Aged 5-15)
$20.00   30 Apr - 31 Mar   Guided Tour. Fossicking and factory tour with cut stones included.
Family$72.00   30 Apr - 31 Mar   Fossicking only. Two adults and two children. Two stones cut free each person. Children under 5 years AUD5.00.
Family$99.00   30 Apr - 31 Mar   Guided tour. Fossicking and factory tour. Extra children AUD10.00 each.
Group$25.00   30 Apr - 31 Mar   School group AUD12.50 each. Full tour including cut stones. Minimum numbers apply.
Student$25.00   30 Apr - 31 Mar   10 per cent discount on presentation of identification.

* Please note: These rates are indicative based on the minimum and maximum available costs of listed products and services. To obtain a firm price from the provider, please use the contact the operator. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars.