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
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
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
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
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.