Rubyvale

A rural town of 550 people, Rubyvale is a town in the Anakie Gemfields, an arc of mining country west of Emerald.

Location: Sapphire is 61 km west of Emerald.

Rubyvale is home to a small library, a convenience store/news agents, post office, hotel and take-away bottle shop, as well as a variety of accommodation and fossicking areas. Some popular places to go fossicking are the Bob n John Mine, Bobby Dazzler and Pats Gems. The area can get up to 40'C during summer, and can reach 0°C in winter. The RSL was recently closed due to legal reasons.

Queensland is a fossicker's paradise, with its diversity of gem deposits known worldwide. Fossickers can try their luck finding agate, aquamarine, chrysoprase, garnet, opal, sapphire, thunder eggs, topaz and zircon. Fossickers require a fossicking licence, which can be obtained from a fossickers licence agent.

Declared Fossicking Areas

Fossicking Areas

Middle Ridge fossicking area (Rubyvale): a small Fossicking Area (32 ha) between the designated fossicking lands of Divide and Rubyvale on the Central Queensland gemfields. Sapphire and zircon 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 fossicking area (Rubyvale): Although on the Central Queensland gemfields, at 45 km north-west of Rubyvale, Tomahawk Creek is more remote. There are blue and 'fancy' coloured sapphires in the generally shallow wash of the area, which may be of many different types. Camping is allowed but regulated to a maximum period of three months. A Fossickers Camping Permit is required.


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Designated fossicking lands

Divide Designated Fossicking Land (Rubyvale): Divide lies west of Rubyvale on the Central Queensland gemfields. It is a sapphire-bearing area, with both shallow and at-depth wash strata. Camping is allowed, but regulated to three months maximum. A Fossickers Camping Permit is required.

Rubyvale Designated Fossicking Land (Rubyvale): located on the Central Queensland gemfields, this fossicking land is situated at Rubyvale, and extends north and west of the township. Sapphires found in this area are mostly at depth and extensive mining tenures in the area limit opportunities for fossickers. However, some tenure holders (if asked) do not object to fossickers scavenging their tailing dumps. Camping is prohibited within 1.5 km of Rubyvale Post Office, though it is allowed elsewhere but regulated to three months maximum. A Fossickers Camping Permit is required. Accommodation or camping facilities are available in Rubyvale.

Scrub Lead Designated Fossicking Land (Rubyvale/Sapphire): Scrub Lead adjoins Sapphire and Rubyvale Designated Fossicking Lands on the central Queensland gemfields. Some of the best blue sapphires have been mined from this area. However, fossicking is very limited because of the extent of disturbed ground, depth of wash and current mining tenures. Camping is prohibited within 1.5 km of Rubyvale or Sapphire Post Offices. It is allowed elsewhere but regulated to three months maximum. A Fossickers Camping Permit is required. Accommodation or camping facilities are available nearby.

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