Caves and Fossicking

Don't rely on your weekly lotto ticket to get-rich-quick. Head out west, grab a fossicking pan and strike it rich with a gold or gemstone find. And since you’ve got your hiking boots packed, head north to the towering Capricorn Caves and test your nerve with adrenalin pumping experiences.

Venture underground and experience for yourself how sapphire mining is done by locals – take a walk-in mine tour at Rubyvale, or book a self-drive fossicking tour at The Willows Gemfields and uncover some of the world’s most famous and unusual coloured sapphire’s. If you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty, Rubyvale is also where you can buy a bucket of ‘wash’ – learn to sieve it and recognise sapphires in the rough! 

If you don’t find your own gem, the local gem galleries and shops offer unique sapphire jewellery for sale. If gold is more your style, check out the glittering gold at Mount Morgan through a guided tour and uncover one of the oldest mines in Australia. Explore the incredible above ground limestone caves formed from an ancient coral reef over 400 million years ago. The Capricorn Caves are the oldest tourist attraction in Queensland!

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