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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Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park

Wycarbah, Rockhampton Area
From AU$25 - 35
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.

Miners Heritage Walk-In Mine

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
From AU$17.50 - 20.00
Miners Heritage is Australia's largest Underground Walk-In Sapphire Mine Tour. Visit the Central Queensland Sapphire Fields and take an informative 40 minute guided Mine Tour, which is suitable for all ages.

Rubyvale Gem Gallery

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
Australian Tourism Award winning Rubyvale Gem Gallery is a small family business established in 1988, and now situated in their new shop on Main Street in Rubyvale. For over 40 years Peter Brown has been mining and cutting the local sapphires, and setting them in uniquely designed jewellery.

M and M Sapphires

Sapphire, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
Buy direct from the miner. M and M Sapphires have exquisite Cut Sapphires and Sapphire Jewellery on display. They can also set your stones, or choose from their wide range of precious and semi precious gems, into their large range of jewellery settings.
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