Carnarvon Gorge and Sapphire Gemfields

Chip into 900 square kilometres of sapphire-bearing gemfields west of Rockhampton and explore the sandstone wilderness of Carnarvon Gorge.

Geological beauty

  • Witness dramatic escarpments and narrow-sided gorges 27 million years in the making by foot or scenic flight in Carnarvon National Park.
  • Cool off under waterfalls in Blackdown Tableland National Park.
  • Absorb the grandeur of the Amphitheatre at Carnarvon Gorge, discover diversion tracks to Aboriginal stencil art and creeks filled with platypus, turtles, frogs and echidna.

Fishing and fossicking

  • Pop on your miner’s hat and fossick in Rubyvale, Sapphire, Anakie and Willows Gemfields – 45-minutes’ drive west of Emerald.
  • Grab a bucket of ‘wash’ and sieve for gems or skip the hands-on work and buy beautiful handcrafted jewellery direct.
  • Join a guided nocturnal animal spotlighting group, tour an underground sapphire mine or fish for murray cod in the freshwaters of Lake Maraboon.

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Rubyvale Gem Gallery Apartments

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
From AU$107 - 200
Your comfort is guaranteed staying in one of Rubyvale Gem Gallery's spacious self-contained holiday apartments. Private patios and verandas surrounded by attractive gardens, ensure you will relax and unwind after an exciting day of sapphire fossicking.

Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
From AU$120 - 190
Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units provides luxury accommodation with excellent reviews on tripadvisor and An oasis for guests wanting the perfect place to stay while discovering the Sapphire Gemfields.

Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn

Emerald, Central Highlands Area
From AU$130 - 287
The Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn provides modern, stylish, four star accommodation in the heart of Emerald, Queensland. They offer comfort in a relaxed environment with a range of services including high speed wireless internet, two independently owned onsite restaurants, room service, a swimming pool and free use of workout equipment, all within walking distance to the cinema complex, the hospital and shopping centres.

Carnarvon National Park camping

Rolleston, Central Highlands Area
From AU$6.65 - 26.60
***NOTE: as a response to COVID-19, all camping areas in Queensland's national parks are closed to the public until further notice. Check park alerts for updates. Carnarvon Gorge offers camping in the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area during the Easter, winter and spring Queensland school holidays.
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