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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Takarakka Bush Resort Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge,
From AU$30 - 238
Escape to Takarakka Bush Resort Carnarvon Gorge. Open all year round and fabulous in every season. Immerse yourself among ancient rain forest and prehistoric scenery. Choose from a range of accommodation options to suit your taste and budget, from spacious caravan and camping sites to en-suited cabins, safari Taka tents, or luxury studios.

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.

Carnarvon National Park camping

Rolleston, Central Highlands Area
From AU$6.35 - 25.40
Carnarvon Gorge offers camping in the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area during the Easter, winter and spring Queensland school holidays. Book early for seasonal camping in the visitor area to avoid disappointment.

Dooleys Tavern and Motel Springsure

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
From AU$120 - 150
Dooleys Springsure Tavern and Motel is located in the main street of Springsure, home to the Virgin Rock and is approximately 60 kilometres south of Emerald in the Central Highlands. The ideal place to relax and unwind, Dooley's Tavern Springsure is fully air-conditioned and full of atmosphere.

Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
From AU$120 - 190
Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units provides luxury AAA 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.
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