Central Queensland Sapphire Gemfields

The Central Queensland Sapphire Gemfields are located on the Tropic of Capricorn approximately 350kms west of Rockhampton, Queensland Australia.( 50 kms west of Emerald). Access is by sealed roads to the townships of Anakie, Sapphire, Rubyvale and The Willows. The area has a permanent population of around 3000 people. During the peak tourism period May to Sept this will at least double and up to 60000 visitor come here over the course of a year. Winter is the peak season for Australian travelers and Summer often see an influx of international tourists escaping the northern hemisphere winter.

The Gemfields has a unique easily going lifestyle, many of the residents have a strong independent streak and an unconventional outlook on life. This has resulted in the Gemfields evolving its own special style of building and living.

This area has always been a prime destination for gem enthusiast’s. However with the fluctuations in the international gem markets resulting in major changes to the level of large machinery mining activity the community has of necessary worked to broaden the tourism appeal to a wider range of people. There are now many small business scattered across the Gemfields providing a easy way for novice to experience the thrill of finding their own precious gem. Sapphire and Zircon are the main gems found in this here. The Central Queensland Sapphire Gemfields are one of the largest Sapphire bearing area in the would and one of the few area left that are accessible to the general public.

Visitors can fossick for Sapphire at one of the many fossicking parks that operate across the fields or with the purchase of a Mines Department Fossicking permit gems can be sort in one of the designated fossicking area. The serious gemhunter may peg or purchase a mining claim that they can work to uncover the treasures held within the ground.

Sapphire The Gemstone

Australian Sapphire occurs in the following colours

Blue- light to dark blue, sky blue to a deep blue to almost black
Greens -pale to deep Green aqua, lime, bright green, dark green
Yellows – Canary Yellow , Golden Yellow Sunflower Yellow
Rare Colours Apricot, Purple, Orange, Peach
Colour Change These stones display a change in colour when viewed under different lights. Daylight to fluorescent or incandescent
Parti Colour these stones have a mix of two or more colours most common are green/blue and blue /yellow parti colours though any colours can be mixed some truly spectacular stones are parti colours
Almost any shade or colour is possible the value of any particular colour depends on its scarcity


Four towns make up the Central Queensland Sapphire Gemfields
known locally as ‘The Fields

Anakie
Smallest of the Gemfields Towns 42kms West of Emerald. Anakie is the smallest of the Gemfields towns. It is located 42 kms west of Emerald about 1km from the Capricorn Highway.
FeaturesThe Big Sapphire & Gemfields Information Centre
Fuel
Town Water
Power
limited Mobile phone coverage (Telstra only poor)
Television reception 2 uhf 2 vhf
Railway Station
Caravan park
Hotel/Motel
Police Station
Ambulance Centre
Anakie State Primary School
Sapphire
Central Town of the Gemfields.

Sapphire is approximately 10 kms north of the Anakie Crossroads about 50kms from Emerald

Features

Caravan Park
general stores
Fuel & Lpg Gas
Town Water
Power
Mobile Phone coverage (Telstra only)
Takaway Foods
Fossicking Park
Post Office
Child Care Centre
Medical Centre
Hardware Store
Tyre Service
Gem Shops

Rubyvale
Northern most town on the Gemfields.

Rubyvale is approximately 18km north of the Anakie Crossroads, about 60 kms from Emerald. It is about 8kms north of Sapphire
FeaturesCaravan Parks
Town Water
Power
Mobile phone coverage (Telstra only)
Television reception
Hotel
Motel
Newsagent
General Store
Fuel
Gem Shops
Post Office
The Willows
A satellite town about 40kms south west of Anakie,

The Willows Gemfields is approximately 80kms west of Emerald south of the Capricorn Highway

Features

Caravan Parks
Gemshops
Dam & Tank Water
Power
phone
no mobile or television coverage