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Rubyvale

Originally known as Policeman’s Creek, Rubyvale is an oasis in the moonscape scenery, with its unique local architecture of billy boulders and ironbark logs.

Things to Experience

Fossicking

  • Middle Ridge – sapphire and zircon gems can be found in the mostly shallow wash of this area.
  • Tomahawk Creek – more remotely located some 45 kilometres north-west of Rubyvale. Blue and parti coloured sapphires have been found in the generally shallow wash.

Walk-in Mine Tour Step into another world on a walk-in mine tour where the underground temperature sits at a cool 25 degrees Celsius. Tours take visitors through the network of tunnels, providing insight into the process of underground sapphire mining. Marvel at the tiny tunnels called tummy tunnels used by the pioneer miners.

Miners Common Museum, Arts & Cultural Centre, nestled on 20 hectares of walking trails, houses relics from the Sapphire Gemfields’ colourful history. The Centre hosts the Gemfields folk festival Sapphires Shine for Queensland in early June.

Policeman’s Knob offers great views over the surrounding landscape and is a perfect spot to take in the sunset. Keep an eye out for rock wallabies who find the rock structure an ideal home.

Point of Interest: The movie Buddies was filmed in Rubyvale. It starred Colin Friels, Harold Hopkins, Kris McQuade and many local people as extras. The story depicted life on the Sapphire Gemfields during the machinery boom of the 1970s.

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