Dinosaurs and Fossicking

Sink your teeth into the prehistoric dinosaur history of Queensland’s Outback. Or try your luck at the old fashioned way of getting rich quick in the gold or gem fields of Queensland.
  • Take a road trip along the Tropic of Capricorn, starting at Yeppoon and roaming inland through Winton to Boulia, and you’ll uncover a living museum of prehistoric fossils and geological landscapes from a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth.
  • Put on your Palaeontologist hat and join a dig to dust off dinosaur bones or trawl through the impressive displays in the museums throughout the outback.
  • Visit the limestone Capricorn Caves to see fossils ingrained in the cave walls.
  • Fossick for dinosaur fossils at Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum.
  • See the world’s best-preserved dinosaur stampede at Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways.
  • Grab a fossicking pan and strike it rich with a gold or gemstone find in Capricorn.
  • Mount Morgan - one of the oldest mines in Australia.
  • Head to the Sapphire Gemfields for a guided mine tour and gem galleries that will leave twinkles in your eyes.
  • Hunt for a Queensland Boulder Opal in Opalton in Queensland's Outback.

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Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival

Townsville City, Townsville Area
2 June – 21 October 2018
Not long ago, what was known about dinosaurs was based almost totally on assumptions made from studying their internal body structures. The rest, including colours and skin coverings, was left to the imagination.

Biloela Markets in the Park (at the Bowlo)

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 21 July 2018
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the grounds of the Biloela Bowls Club on Gladstone Road. This is where you’ll find those unexpected gems, the funky hand tooled or crafted specialties, homemade treats, jams and sauces, candles and scents, organic fruit and veg.

Digging At Dusk

Richmond, Richmond Area
From AU$15.00 - 80.00
24 July 2018
The tour will be guided by Kronosaurus Korner's resident Palaeontologist who will teach adventurers how to find, identify and excavate their very own 100 million year old fossils.

Gemfest - Festival of Gems

Anakie, Central Highlands Area
From AU$25 - 25
9 – 12 August 2018
What is Gemfest? A Festival of Gems! There’s no better place to celebrate the origin, appeal and sheer beauty of precious and semi-precious stones at the home of the largest sapphire fields in the Southern Hemisphere.

North Queensland Miner's Association Annual Gold Panning Championships

Mareeba, Mareeba Area
From AU$5 - 10
11 August 2018
The North Queensland Miner's Association Annual Gold Panning Championships caters for all the family, from Juniors to Veterans. Learn how to pan for real gold with a skilled instructor. Enter any of the events to be in the running for excellent prizes (including a Gold Monster 1000 Metal Detector) and trophies.

Cycle and Stars - your wine and wheels weekend getaway!

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$399 - 399
Monthly from 25 – 26 August 2018
Join their fully guided two-day leisure cycling tour of the Granite Belt to discover some of the area’s little gems. Pedal along quiet country roads enjoying the scenery, sampling local gourmet produce and wines while they take care of the directions.

Digging At Dawn

Richmond, Richmond Area
From AU$15.00 - 80.00
Weekly from 4 September 2018
The tour will be guided by Kronosaurus Korner's resident Palaeontologist who will teach adventurers how to find, identify and excavate their very own 100 million year old fossils.

Nambour Gemfest 2018

Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$5 - 5
13 October 2018
The Gemfest is a magnificent yearly event, where Fossickers, Miners, Jewellers, Traders and regular folk gather together to display and sell their wares. Every year, since 2007, the Nambour Lapidary Club has been host to the famous Nambour Gemfest.

Toowoomba Gemfest - Gems and Jewellery

Centenary Heights, Toowoomba Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
20 – 21 October 2018
This is a great two day event for the whole family! Selling a wide range of cut and uncut gemstones, jewellery, semi-precious gemstones, beads, pearls, fossils, opals, crystal and mineral specimens from all over the world.

Gemboree 2019

Wandal, Rockhampton Area
19 – 22 April 2019
The Gemboree is a national annual event supported by the Australian Federation of Lapidary and Allied Crafts Association Incorporated. The 2019 Gemboree is being hosted by the Queensland Gem Clubs Association Incorporated and is being held in Rockhampton.
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