The Sapphire Caravan RV Park is situated on more than four 4 acres of the most beautiful Central Queensland bushland right in the middle of the Gemfields. Sapphire Caravan Park was formerly named Sunrise Cabins, but all is under new management and a new name to provide the best fossicking experience.
The park guarantees its guests a tranquil stay and peaceful stay with the greatest bush views, and abundant wildlife and hundreds of birds. If you visit the park, you’ll feel like you’re staying in a fine retreat instead of staying at a Caravan Park.
The park includes Billy Boulder cottages that all come with their unique decor and names to provide a unique touch and give you a homely feel. Here you can experience a one-of-a-kind holiday you’ll never forget while at the same time you might find a great Sapphire at one of the area’s many fossicking locations.
People from across the globe are visiting the Gemfields hoping to find their own “BIG” one. Here you can experience the real excitements and thrill, so join the thousands of people that want to try their luck while having the best of times in Australia’s Central Queensland.
The Sapphire Gemfields is situated on the Tropic of Capricorn in Central Queensland, a little over 320 kilometers (198 miles) west of Rockhampton, around 405 kilometers (250 miles) east of Longreach, and just over 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Emerald just off the Capricorn highway. You can stay in one of the park’s air-conditioned, self-containing Billy Boulder cottages, or in the cheaper Miners huts, and if you really want to spoil yourself you also may stay in the ‘Sapphire Suite’ and receive a nice bottle of wine upon arrival. All of the camp’s cottages are situated next to a fully equipped Camp Kitchen, a BBQ area, and up-to-date amenities blocks.
When you’ve been fossicking all day, you can take it just nice and easy and take a relaxing dive in the camp’s swimming pool, or sit relaxed in the camp’s huge BBQ Hut that has an open fireplace, a 32″ TV, ceiling fans, and gas or wood BBQ’s that come with supplied firewood at no cost. Later you can watch the wildlife while they feed and enjoy the area’s Magical Sunsets. Sapphire Caravan Park has over 30 powered and shady RV sites in a quiet, peaceful bush setting. This is the best place to have a campfire under a starry sky. The camp’s motto is ‘Come as Strangers, Leave as Friends’.
Activities in the Gemfields
When you come for a shorter stay, just go and visit one of the many walk-in mines and fossicking parks in Rubyvale or Sapphire. There you’ll have a lot of fun and you can learn how to discover gemstones. Buckets full of miners supply of Sapphire-bearing are washed for a modest fee, and you can learn how to recognize and discover Sapphires by sieving the gravel wash.
If you want to stay for a longer period of time or check out more adventurous experiences, there are many areas where fossicking is permitted. The government allowed for the search of gemstones on three large areas of Sapphire-bearing ground in 1986, to be used for touristic and recreational purposes. Visitors are required, though, to buy a license with information and area maps at a modest fee.
The main method used for fossicking is by picking and digging into the sapphire-bearing gravel, and this can be a pretty exhausting activity depending on how hard you work, but also ‘Specking’ is rather popular. With specking, you’re looking for sapphires at the surface which can be quite rewarding, particularly after it has rained.
The area has several galleries, gem shops, and jewelers, particularly in Sapphire and Rubyvale. Here you can purchase your dream Gem, or when you’re lucky and come with your own piece, you can go to a local Gem cutter to facet the stone a,d a jeweler can set your Gem into a very valuable piece of art that can be treasured until eternity.