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.
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.
Yes. Pets are allowed if under control.
Private transfer from Rockhampton is available with a staff member. Ring attraction for contact details.
Enclosed footwear required. No glass allowed in fossicking area.
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.
Pets are welcome at the Facility.
|Adult||$20.00||01 Apr - 31 Mar||Fossicking only. Includes two stones cut free.|
|Adult||$30.00||01 Apr - 31 Mar||Guided tour. Fossicking and factory tour including cut stones.|
|$12.00||01 Apr - 31 Mar||Fossicking only. Includes two stones cut free.|
|$15.00||01 Apr - 31 Mar||Guided tour. Fossicking and factory tour including cut stones.|
|Family||$50.00||01 Apr - 31 Mar||Fossicking only. Two adults and two children. Two stones cut free each person.|
|Family||$80.00||01 Apr - 31 Mar||Guided tour. Fossicking and factory tour. Extra children AUD10.00 each.|
|Group||$25.00||01 Apr - 31 Mar||School group AUD12.50 each. Full tour including cut stones. Minimum numbers apply.|
|Student||$20.00||01 Apr - 31 Mar||10 per cent discount on presentation of identification.|
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