Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park

Wycarbah, Rockhampton Area

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.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $25.00 30 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Fossicking only. Includes two stones cut free.
Adult $35.00 30 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Guided tour. Fossicking and factory tour including cut stones.
Child $15.00 30 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Fossicking only. Includes two stones cut free. Children under 5 years AUD5.00.
Child $20.00 30 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Guided Tour. Fossicking and factory tour with cut stones included.
Family $72.00 30 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Fossicking only. Two adults and two children. Two stones cut free each person. Children under 5 years AUD5.00.
Family $99.00 30 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Guided tour. Fossicking and factory tour. Extra children AUD10.00 each.
Group $25.00 30 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 School group AUD12.50 each. Full tour including cut stones. Minimum numbers apply.
Student $25.00 30 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 10 per cent discount on presentation of identification.

Open Times

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


  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
  • Kiosk
  • Walking Tracks

Other Information


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


Children are welcome. All activities available to children, safe footwear and sun protection required. Lightweight tools are available for fossicking.
3665 Capricorn Highway
Wycarbah, Rockhampton Area

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