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.
|Adult||$20.00||01 Apr 12 - 31 Mar 13||Fossicking only. Includes two stones cut free.|
|Adult||$30.00||01 Apr 12 - 31 Mar 13||Guided tour. Fossicking and factory tour including cut stones.|
|$12.00||01 Apr 12 - 31 Mar 13||Fossicking only. Includes two stones cut free.|
|$15.00||01 Apr 12 - 31 Mar 13||Guided tour. Fossicking and factory tour including cut stones.|
|Family||$50.00||01 Apr 12 - 31 Mar 13||Fossicking only. Two adults and two children. Two stones cut free each person.|
|Family||$80.00||01 Apr 12 - 31 Mar 13||Guided tour. Fossicking and factory tour. Extra children AUD10.00 each.|
|Group||$25.00||01 Apr 12 - 31 Mar 13||School group AUD12.50 each. Full tour including cut stones. Minimum numbers apply.|
|Student||$20.00||01 Apr 12 - 31 Mar 13||10 per cent discount on presentation of identification.|
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