Opals, Gemstones, Gold

Anakie Field - Central Queensland | Emerald

Sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum and is one of Queensland's most important gemstones. Sapphires have been mined commercially for more than 100 years on the Anakie Field in central Queensland, west of Emerald. Sapphires come in a diverse range of colours, including blue, green, yellow, gold, multi-colour (blue-green-yellow), orange, pink, mauve and purple. Sapphires are of volcanic ...

Blackwater & Emerald Attractions | Blackwater

Although the name Anakie is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning “twin peaks”, it is now synonymous with the world’s largest sapphire field. Anakie, at the northern most extremity of this region, and the nearby town of Sapphire have produced most of Queensland’s, and nowadays, over 50% of the World’s, sapphires. Tourists armed with a licence are allowed to fossick in the unusually s...

Tyalgum | Tyalgum

Tyalgum lies beside the middle arm of the Tweed River and the Oxley River. Nearby creeks are a gem fossicker’s paradise. Alluvial deposits here contain a variety of semi-precious stones including onyx, agate and jasper. “Thunder eggs” or spherulites, rocks of volcanic origin, sometimes contain gemstones including agate, amethyst and chalcedony. Tyalgum is a perfect base to explore the Calder...