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Discover the oldest town on the Sapphire Gemfields, Anakie, which is filled with both history and gems. History buffs will enjoy the quaint railway station built in 1884 as part of the rail push into western Queensland.


Rubyvale has a lot to offer travellers, with attractions including gem cutters, jewellers, fossicking parks and an underground mine tour. This quirky mining town has the conveniences of a pub, café, and general store, while offering travellers the opportunity to try their luck at striking rich.


Sapphire lives up to its name, with a host of sapphire gem cutters, jewellers and fossicking parks located here. If you love a photo opportunity, then the Big Ring, Big Spanner and Big Pick, Shovel and Sieve can all be found in and around Sapphire.

The Willows

The Willows is a popular fossicking location due to very little machinery mining ever used in the area, and the higher occurrence of yellow and green sapphires. The town has the conveniences of a fossicking park, caravan park, general store and service station.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Southern Queensland Country Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waterways that run through these regions. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.