Central Queensland Gemfields
Graves Hill extends from the southwest corner of the Sapphire Designated Fossicking Land on the central Queensland gemfields. Green, yellow and blue sapphires have been found in the shallow wash which covers more than half of this 116ha area. Camping is allowed but regulated to a maximum period of three months. A Fossickers Camping Permit is required.
Middle Ridge is a small Fossicking Area (32ha) located between the Designated Fossicking Lands of Divide and Rubyvale on the central Queensland gemfields. Sapphire and zircon gems can be found in the mostly shallow wash of this area. Camping is allowed but regulated to a maximum period of three months. A Fossickers Camping Permit is required.
Tomahawk Creek is more remotely located some 45km northwest of Rubyvale. Blue and 'fancy' coloured sapphires have been found in the generally shallow wash which may be of many different types in this area. Camping is allowed but regulated to a maximum period of three months. A Fossickers Camping Permit is required.
Mount Gibson is about 5km northwest of Innot Hot Springs situated on the Kennedy Highway between the small townships of Mount Garnet and Ravenshoe, North Queensland. The area is well known by fossickers as a collecting locality for gem topaz. Much of the area is strongly mineralised and many of the creeks and gullies in the vicinity have been worked for alluvial tin. Quartz crystal and cassiterite are also found here. Camping is prohibited on the Fossicking Area but camping/caravan park facilities and accommodation are available at Innot Hot Springs.
O'Briens Creek is located northwest of Mount Surprise in North Queensland about 200km southwest of Cairns. The main gem variety found here is topaz. Citrine, smoky quartz and aquamarine are also found in the alluvial gravels. Camping is prohibited on the Fossicking Area, however, the land owner allows camping at a site nearby where some facilities are provided.
Yowah is about 100km west of Cunnamulla in the southwest corner of Queensland. In this region, boulder opal can be found in siliceous ironstone nodules or "Yowah Nuts" as they are generally referred to. Chips of opal or fragments of ironstone matrix can also be found by specking the ground surface or digging in shallow ground. Camping is prohibited in the Fossicking Area. However, accommodation or camping facilities are available nearby.
is located about 100km south southwest of Winton in Central Western
Queensland. Boulder opal can be found in the spoil dumps of old workings
and shallow ground. Camping is allowed but regulated to three months
maximum. A Fossickers Camping Permit is required. A private campsite
with toilets, shower and water is nearby.