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Miners Heritage Walk-In Mine

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area

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.

After the Tour browse their underground museum and read about some of the amazing sapphires that have been found over the years. Buy a bucket of "wash" and start fossicking for your own gem, their friendly staff will show you how.

Miners Heritage has an airconditioned showroom with a huge selection of 9 carat, 14 carat and 18 carat gold jewellery on display. They also have pearl, opal and semi-precious gemstone jewellery, loose gems from all over the globe,fossils,minerals and giftware for sale. Miners Heritage has an inhouse Jeweller and they also offer a gem cutting service.

Stay for a couple of hours or stay all day. There is plenty of parking, clean amenities and they have an undercover sitting area with picnic tables. Tour groups can also be catered for. Miners Heritage is located in Rubyvale, approximately 65 kilometres west of Emerald.

Go and explore the world of sapphires at Miners Heritage, your one stop introduction to the Sapphire Fields.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $20.00 26 May 2014 – 30 June 2015 Minimum of 2 people required for Underground Mine Tour
Child $5.00 26 May 2014 – 30 June 2015
Child $10.00 26 May 2014 – 30 June 2015
Concession $17.50 26 May 2014 – 30 June 2015 Seniors only
Group $15.00 26 May 2014 – 30 June 2015 Groups of 10 or more Adults.

Open Times

Public Holiday: Closed for 2 weeks in February. Check on times via web / facebook or phone. ...... Opening times are from 0900 to 1700, seven days a week, from April to September; and from 0900 to 1500, seven days a week, from October to March. Please contact the operator for opening times on public holidays.

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Tour Desk

Other Information

Accessibility:

Disabled facilities are available. There is disabled access to the airconditioned showroom, sapphire fossicking (the buckets are already dug), a disabled toilet and a ramp to the picnic area.

Children:

Children catered for.
97 Heritage Road
Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
Queensland
Australia

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Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
From AU$115.00 - 180.00
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. Guests are offered much more than a great nights sleep with a relaxed, quiet and tranquil haven set amongst three acres of landscaped bush gardens. A variety of accommodation options include spacious One and Two Bedroom Self contained units, Motel Rooms and Deluxe Spa Rooms. All with superb comfort. Facilities include swimming pool with retreat, undercover barbecue, gem shop and is ideal for holidaying and travelling couples seeking clean and quality accommodation. A telescope Observatory is available on site for star gazing. You will enjoy sitting on the verandas with only the sight and sounds of the local birds and kangaroos in the native gardens. The Units offer a private and relaxed atmosphere. The interiors are extremely comfortable with well appointed furniture and fixtures and perfectly clean. Browse in 'Taylors Fine Sapphires'; this on-site shop offers exquisite Sapphire Jewellery featuring the sapphires and gem cutting of Jane and Michael Taylor. The friendly motel service combined with your resort style accommodation will exceed all your expectations and make your Gemfields visit a memorable one.

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Injune Motel

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From AU$99.00 - 130.00
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From AU$29.00 - 120.00
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From AU$105.00 - 105.00
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