Opals, Gemstones, Gold

Agate Creek Mineral Reserve | Croydon

Approximately 160 kilometres east of Croydon and south of Forsyth, surrounded by towering sandstone walls, lies Agate Creek Mineral Reserve. The Reserve has been set aside for agate fossickers and is considered to have some of the best specimens obtainable with exceptional quality and with a range of rich colours. This reserve contains some of the world’s best quality agates varying from white t...

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...

Castlemaine and Maldon | Castlemaine

Castlemaine and Maldon, north-west of Melbourne are two small gold mining towns well worth visiting. Maldon, on the slopes of Mount Tarrangower, is the only town entirely protected by the National Trust of Victoria. Its Folk Museum, housed in the old Council Offices, contains a wealth of Gold Rush memorabilia, and the post office was the childhood home of the novelist Henry Handel Richardson. You'...

Coober Pedy Opal Fossicking | Coober Pedy

With a little luck, a rockhound can have a heady day digging for opals at Coober Pedy, about 600 km north of Adelaide. All you need to become a weekend opal fossicker are a Miner's Right, a pick and shovel, a strong back, and a constitution able to withstand desert temperatures. Miners at Coober Pedy and nearby Andamooka (a hundred km away) dig out more than A$30 million worth of opals annually. ...

Glen Innes Town | Glen Innes

Glen Innes, with its picturesque lay-out and English trees, is one of the prettiest towns in the New England district. It is on the Northern Railway Line, 680 kms from Sydney and midway between Armidale and Tenterfield. The visitor may enjoy many sports including golf, bowls, tennis and trout fishing (in season). Hotel accommodation is escellent. The mining boom and introduction of the railway l...

Gympie Goldfield | Gympie

This goldfield is presently operated by Gympie Gold Limited.

Kiandra Ghost Town | Kosciuszko

Kiandra is now a ghost town. However, evidence of the gold rush giving rise to the town is still to be seen in the ruins and abandoned mines. Visitors can enjoy the town’s heritage walk. The former town lies fourteen km from Yarrongobilly Caves. The Town was the highest town in Australia (1300 metres.) and is snow-bound and isolated often in winter. Ski-ing and other grand winter sports are to...

Mining Museum, George Street North | The Rocks

Sydney's Mining Museum at 28 George Street North, contains one of the best displays of geological specimens to be found in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you will see mineral ores, rocks, fossils, and gemstones.

Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill is located on 60 acres of land originally the site of the richest alluvial gold rush in the world. Sovereign Hill is located near Ballarat.

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...

Ballarat City | Ballarat Central

Known to the aboriginals as "the resting place", now known to all as the "Garden City." The picturesque past history of this city is reflected in its air of progress. The City of Ballarat, is situated on the fringe of the Great Dividing Range, 431 metres above sea-level. Originally a sheep-run, Ballarat lured adventurers and fortune-seekers the world over when gold was discovered in 1851 in the B...

Bealiba Town | Bealiba

Centre of a rich district and situated on Cochranes Creek. The surrounding country is very beautiful and many pleasant drives can be made. Bealiba was formerly a rich gold mining district.

Bendigo City | Bendigo

Bendigo and nearby Rochester are the principal towns of Bendigo Loddon region. Other towns include Elmore, Lockington, Kamarooka, Raywood, Eaglehawk and Epson. Attractions Greater Bendigo National Park and Loddon Valley are main attractions of this area. The Golden City has a charm and beauty entirely all of its own. From the romantic early days of the goldfields Bendigo has emerged a wealthy pr...

Broken Hill City

Known as "The Silver City" and possesses one of the most colourful histories of any town in the Commonwealth. The hotel accommodation is very good. There are many pleasing features including a splendid park and playground at Silverton. Visits to the rich mines can be arranged. There are many sporting facilities including golf, tennis, dog racing and outdoor cinema. Trips to the outback can be arra...

Kalgoorlie - Boulder City | Kalgoorlie

Kalgoorlie, a city in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, is located 595 kms east-north-east of the state captial Perth. The city was founded in 1893 during the Yilgarn-Goldfields gold rush, and is located close to the so-called "Golden Mile". Known as Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the city fringes the site of a huge gold mine. Kalgoorlie has had a huge impact on Australia’s history. ...

Maryborough Town | Maryborough

Maryborough was originally settled by the Simpson brothers as a cattle run. Later the town became the scene of rich goldfields with resultant rushes. The tree-lined streets are spacious. A Strong sense of civic pride has enabled the planting of lovely trees and gardens. Home of the Highland Society, the New Year witnesses the gathering of the clans at the the towns annual Sports Carnival. Swimm...

Opals Luminous | Sydney

Australia's finest quality black opals from wholesale to retail by one of Australia's leading opal specialists, David Greenslade.

Rockhampton & Yeppoon & Attractions | Rockhampton

Capricorn Coast Region stretches from Port Alma in the South, where the surrounding countryside is dotted with broad salt pans to the town of St Lawrence in the north. Ludwig Leichhardt was the first European to traverse this region on his way north to Port Essington in 1844. He found the central river valleys of the Fitzroy Basin scattered with areas of ‘luxuriant grasses and herbs’.

Charters Towers | Richmond Hill

128 km west of Townsville is a progressive mining municipality and also the centre of a fine cattle-raising and dairying district. The name was originally “Charter’s Tore”. Named after a gold warden who discovered the site. The “Tors” are several remarkable peaks which are well known landmarks.