QUEENSLAND
GEMSTONE LOCATIONS
Malachite
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Free Form Silver

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Opals

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shaping into designs.
Ameythst

A piece of rough geode set in
silver.
Amber

This fossilized tree resin is
millions of years old.
Soldering Silver

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silver.
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The cabachon design is the
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LOCATIONS TO FIND GEMSTONES AND MINERALS
IN QUEENSLAND

When submitting info on locations try and be specific where you can like:

  • Distance in kilometres from nearest town.
  • List and name the turn offs.  
  • Distance betweens actual turn offs.
  • On the road to and from.
  • Supply some photos of what you've found and the area itself.
  • A description of any familiar landmarks.  
  • Tools required to suit the area.
  • Supply a mud map if you can.
Coober Pedy Opal Fields
South Australia.
MUD MAPS - The following maps are extremely old and many of these
areas may no longer be available to search on or they may no longer yield any
finds. I suppose if you're in these areas it may be worth a search around anyway.

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to ask permission from any private property
owner at any location when searching for gemstones before you enter any such
property. You may also be required to possess a fossicking license as per state
laws.
Redcliffe
Peninsula
Chalcedony &
more
Thulimbah
Topaz &
More....
Swanfels
Common Opal
Durakai
Fern Fossils
Crows Nest
Petrified Wood
Mutdapilly
Petrified Wood, more
Parkridge
Agate, zircons......
Purga
Petrified Wood
Wynnum
Agate ......
Peak Crossing
Opalite & more...
Ipswich
Agate & More....
Pine Mountain
Serpentine & More...
Oxenford
Jasper
Cedar Creek
Thunder Eggs
Springbrook
Obsidian
Numinbah Valley
Jasper, agate
2 maps...
Upper Coomera
Rhodonite
Glasshouse
Trachite
Wallangara
Granite Porphry
Rainbow Beach
Colored Sands
Gatton
Petrified Wood, agate
Burrandowan Station
Sapphires
Square Top Mountain
Hyalite
Blenheim
Opalised Wiid
Grantham
Dendrites
Wappa Falls
Ryolite
Lowmead
Ameythst & More..
Gympie
Chert
Biggenden
Various Minerals....
Proston
Garnets
Yuleba
Petrified Palm
Baking Board
Petrified Wood
Tomahawk Creek
Sapphires....
Rubyvale & Sapphire
- Sapphires
Willows & Glenalva
Sapphires
More details etc..
Jordan Gold Fields
Gold....
Agate Creek
Agate & More...
Mt Surprise
Topaz
Chinchilla
Petrified Wood
Theodore
Shell Fossils......
Location To Find Petrified Wood - Chinchilla in Queensland

Directions:
Go to Chinchilla in Queensland.
On the road sides about 10 klms out of town in most directions from the town
you'll find small to large pieces of wood with nice color. Most of the areas are
closed now that used to be open but the road sides still yield good results as I
found on my last trip there in 2006. Look on the large high road sidings as well
as they used the petrified wood as part of the construction in many areas.  
You only need a rock pick just to loosen some pieces and others can just be
picked up along the way.
If you can get access to some of the private properties in the area you may find
some good material but you'll most likely have to dig pretty hard for it.
Also keep an eye open for any roadside piles of rock and aggregate as you'll
sometimes find some nice pieces there as well. There were some huge
aggregate piles near the stock market just out of town and I found some great
pieces there as well. I assume they use this on the roads etc so it may not be
there forever. It's a good idea to wear high rubber boots as many areas have
those terrible shaped prickles that stick to your socks and into your feet.  
Always ask permission before entering private property!
Fossicking Areas

The following maps and fossicking information has been supplied by
the: Department of Mines and Energy ; Reproduced with permission of
the Department of Mines and Energy, Mining and Petroleum, Level 3
mineral House, GPO Box 2454, Brisbane, Qld 4001".
* Requires Acrobat Reader

Designated fossicking lands.  
General permission areas.
Declared fossicking areas.
The following is a list of declared fossicking areas as at January 2005. Further
information is available from the nearest office of the Department of Natural
Resources, Mines and Water.

Central Queensland

Big Bessie Map (PDF, 46.5 kB)* Fossicking Area (Sapphire)
Located on the central Queensland gemfields, Big Bessie is a small area lying
within the Sapphire Designated Fossicking Land. Though sapphire-bearing
shallow wash covering most of the area has been extensively worked, there are
still a few patches of undisturbed ground left which are likely to contain
sapphires. Camping is allowed but regulated to three months maximum. A
Fossickers Camping Permit is required.

Glenalva Map (PDF, 30.6 kB)* Fossicking Area (Anakie)
Located on the Central Queensland gemfields, Glenalva is about 20 km
southwest of Anakie. There is a wide variety of coloured sapphires in the
shallow wash covering most of this area. Camping is allowed but regulated to a
maximum period of three months. A Fossickers Camping Permit is required.

Graves Hill Map (PDF, 46.2 kB)* Fossicking Area (Sapphire)
Graves Hill extends from the south-west corner of the Sapphire Designated
Fossicking Land on the Central Queensland gemfields. Green, yellow and blue
sapphires have been found in the shallow wash which covers more than half of
three months. A Fossickers Camping Permit is required.

Middle Ridge Map (PDF, 55.1 kB)* Fossicking Area (Rubyvale)
Middle Ridge is 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 Map (PDF, 50.7 kB)* 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.
South-East Queensland

Deep Creek Map (PDF, 118.5 kB)* Fossicking Area (Gympie)
Deep Creek lies just off the Bruce Highway at Gympie about 170 km north of
Brisbane in South-East Queensland. Alluvial gold can be found by panning the
wash from along the banks and bed of the creek, especially from the inside of
creek bends. Camping is prohibited on the Fossicking Area. However,
hotel/motel accommodation is available in the town along with caravan parks
which provide for campers.

Thanes Creek Map (PDF, 39.6 kB)* Fossicking Area (Warwick)
This is a small area about 40 km west of Warwick and about 160 km south west
of Brisbane in South-East Queensland. Alluvial gold can be found by panning
the sediments within the stream channel and from gravel layers in the low bank
or crevices in rock bars. In dry times, water may be scarce. Camping is
prohibited on the Fossicking Area. However, accommodation and caravan
parks are available nearby in Warwick.

North Queensland

Mount Gibson Map (PDF, 310.4 kB)* Fossicking Area (Innot Hot Springs)
Mount Gibson is about 5 km north-west of Innot Hot Springs on the Kennedy
Highway between the small townships of Mount Garnet and Ravenshoe.
Fossickers know the area well as place for collecting gem topaz. Much of the
area is strongly mineralised and many of the creeks and gullies have been
worked for alluvial tin. Quartz crystal and cassiterite also occur. Camping is
prohibited on the Fossicking Area but camping and caravan park facilities and
accommodation are available at Innot Hot Springs.

Agate Creek Map (PDF, 259 kB)* Fossicking Area (Forsayth)
Agate Creek is about 340 krn west of Townsville. Access, while suitable for
conventional vehicles in normal conditions, may not be possible during the wet
season. This area is known for agates of superb colour and pattern;
chalcedony and thunder eggs are also found. Agates can be separated from
the decomposed lava formations by hand excavation and from alluvium (soil,
gravel) in or near creeks and gullies (usually dry). Camping is prohibited on the
Fossicking Area but is catered for nearby.

O'Briens Creek Map (PDF, 192 kB)* Fossicking Area (Mount Surprise)
O'Briens Creek is located north-west of Mount Surprise which is about 200 km
south-west of Cairns. The main gem variety found here is topaz. Citrine, smoky
quartz and aquamarine also occur in the alluvial gravels. Camping is prohibited
on the Fossicking Area, however, the land owner allows camping at a site
nearby where some facilities are provided.

South-West Queensland

Yowah Map (PDF, 117.1 kB)* Fossicking Area (Cunnamulla)
Yowah is about 100 km west of Cunnamulla in the south-west corner of
Queensland. In this region, boulder opal can be found in siliceous ironstone
nodules or 'Yowah Nuts' as they are generally known. Chips of opal or
fragments of ironstone matrix can also be found by specking the ground
surface or digging in shallow ground. Camping is prohibited in the Fossicking
Area. However, accommodation or camping facilities are available nearby.
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Designated Fossicking Lands

The following is a list of designated fossicking lands as at January 2005.

Central Queensland

Divide Map (PDF, 471.9 kB)* 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.

Reward Map (PDF, 217.3)* Designated Fossicking Land (Sapphire)
Reward is west of Sapphire township on the Central Queensland gemfields.
Sapphires are found in both deep and shallow wash strata, with the most
popular area on the western boundary where the wash is shallow. Camping is
allowed but regulated to three months maximum. A Fossickers Camping Permit
is required.

Rubyvale Map (PDF, 471.9 kB)* 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.

Sapphire Map (PDF, 471.9 kB)* Designated Fossicking Land (Sapphire)
Located on the Central Queensland gemfields, this fossicking land surrounds
the township of Sapphire. As the name suggests, sapphires are found in this
area and are best developed in the shallow wash from the town towards the
northern boundary. Extensive past mining and numerous mining tenures in the
area limit opportunities for fossickers. Camping is prohibited within 1.8 km of
Sapphire Post Office, though it is allowed elsewhere but regulated to one
month maximum. A Fossickers Camping Permit is required. Accommodation or
camping facilities are available in Sapphire.

Scrub Lead Map (PDF, 471.9 kB)* 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 1.8 km of Rubyvale or Sapphire post offices. It is allowed
elsewhere but regulated to one month maximum. A Fossickers Camping Permit
is required. Accommodation or camping facilities are available nearby.

Willows Map (PDF, 34.1 kB)* Designated Fossicking Land (Willows Gemfields)
Willows is located about 30 km southwest of Anakie on the Central Queensland
gemfields. Sapphires found here are mostly yellows and greens, though zircons
and rare diamonds have also been found. Gems occur in shallow wash, with
the favourite spots reasonably close to town. Camping is prohibited, although
there are caravan parks and camping facilities available in the township.

Western Queensland

Opalton Map (PDF, 188.1 kB)* Designated Fossicking Land (Winton)
Opalton is located about 100 km south south-west of Winton in central-western
Queensland. Boulder opal can be found in the spoil dumps of old workings and
shallow ground. Camping is allowed but regulated to three months maximum. A
Fossickers Camping Permit is required. A private campsite with toilets, shower
and water is nearby.

South-West Queensland

Duck Creek Map (PDF, 112.7 kB)* Designated Fossicking Land (Quilpie)
Duck Creek is located about 100 km south south-east of Quilpie in South-West
Queensland (Sheep Station Creek is in the same vicinity). Boulder opal is
found in this area in ironstone concretions (boulders) or as chips and
fragments. Small-scale hand mining under mining claims is currently carried out
in this area. Camping is allowed but regulated. A Fossickers Camping Permit is
required.

Sheep Station Creek Map (PDF, 112.7 kB)*
Designated Fossicking Land (Quilpie)
Sheep Station Creek lies south-south-east of Quilpie in South-West
Queensland. In this area, boulder opal occurs in ironstone concretions
(boulders) or as chips and fragments in spoil dumps. Small-scale hand mining
under mining claims is currently carried out in this area. Camping is allowed but
regulated. A Fossickers Camping Permit is required.
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General Permission Areas

The following is a list of general permission areas as at January 2004.

Before visiting any general permission areas, detailed information about what
conditions apply to each area should be sought from the Mining Registrar at
the District Office of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Water for
the mining district in which the area is located.

Brisbane Mining District

Swipers Gully Map (PDF, 112.4 kB)*
(Passchendaele State Forest SF263 Stanthorpe)
Swipers Gully is located in the Passchendaele State Forest (SF263) about
15km northwest of Stanthorpe in South East Queensland. The gems topaz and
smoky quartz have been found in this area.

Chinchilla Map (PDF, 72 kB)*
Chinchilla, which is about 250km west northwest of Brisbane in South East
Queensland is a popular collecting locality for good quality petrified wood
suitable for ornamental and lapidary use.

Emerald Mining District

The old gold mining district surrounding Clermont attracts interest from
fossickers and metal detector enthusiasts. There are a number of separate
areas available. These are:

Clermont Map (PDF, 48 kB)*
Black Ridge Map (PDF, 29 kB)*
Bathampton Map (PDF, 46.7 kB)*
Birimgan Map (PDF, 110.7 kB)*   
Bottom Apsley Map (PDF, 63.0 kB)*
Town Reserve Map (PDF, 34.0 kB)*
McDonalds Flat Map (PDF, 40.5 kB)*
Four Mile Map (PDF, 73.8 kB)*
McMasters Map (PDF, 121.3 kB)*
Museum Reserve Map (PDF, 33.0 kB)*  

(Click on links to view separate area maps in PDF format). They are located in
state forests or reserves, and special conditions apply.

Georgetown Mining District

Moonstone Resources Reserve Map (PDF, 347.2 kB)*
Moonstone Hill is located adjacent to the Kennedy Development Road about
90km south of The Lynd. Gem quality feldspar 'moonstone' occurs at this
locality.

Mount Isa Mining District

Castle Mount (Cloncurry)
Castle Mount is about 100km south of Cloncurry in North West Queensland.
Amethystine quartz is found at this area.

Kuridala (Cloncurry)
Kuridala is located about 65km south of Cloncurry in North West Queensland.
Amethyst is found at this location.

Top Camp (Cloncurry)
Top Camp is located about 20km east of Cloncurry in the Fisher Creek area of
North West Queensland. Alluvial gold is found at this location.

Wee McGregor (Cloncurry)
Wee McGregor is situated about 12km south of the deserted township of Mary
Kathleen between Mt Isa and Cloncurry in North West Queensland. Staurolite
'maltese crosses' can be found in this region.
Chudleigh Park
Peridot
Cloncurry
Ameythst,
crystals and
more
Opalton
Opal
Yowah
Opal
Moonstone
Hill

To find some crystal geodes go to Malbon and travel 13 km from the start of the
bitumen and down the dirt road till you get to a dirt track on the left hand side and
travel a half a km till you get to the open clearing. In the hills you can find some
crystal geode material. The above photos show the hills that have white outcrops
of the crystal material. It's not high grade but some nice specimens can still be
found. Colors vary from Amethyst, clear, brown and white. Ribbonstone pebbles
can also be found in some of the creeks around this area as well.
The above 6 maps are areas between Mt Isa and Cloncurry.