Plan Ahead this Summer

Before you travel to the Central Queensland Highlands over the festive season, please plan ahead!

Many tourism and hospitality operators reduce their opening hours, and some close, over the warmer months, so it pays to check with them before you arrive. This is especially the case for the Sapphire Gemfields.

We also strongly recommend you book your accommodation and meals in advance. COVID-related restrictions on crowd numbers mean you might be turned away if you don’t have a booking.

Sapphire Gemfields operators that are open over the festive season (excluding some public holidays) include Pat’s Gems Tourist Fossicking Park, Rubyvale Gem Gallery Miners Heritage, and Fascination Gem Fossicking (07 4985 4675).

Takarakka Bush Resort and Caravan Park at Carnarvon Gorge is open all year round.

For more information about where to explore more of our region, contact the friendly team at the Central Queensland Highlands Visitor Information Centre (VIC) on (07) 4982 4142 or

VIC Operating Hours:

  • Weekdays 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Weekends 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • FROM 21 DECEMBER: Daily 9:00am – 1:00pm, but closed Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s Days.

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