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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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.

Cairns Gem Festival 2019

Parramatta Park, Cairns Area
Free Entry
27 – 28 July 2019
Annual festival celebrating all things Lapidary! Gems, minerals, jewellery and more. Stall holders from around the country come together to display and sell their rock, mineral, gem and jewellery collections.

Gemfest - Festival of Gems

Anakie, Central Highlands Area
From AU$25 - 25
8 – 11 August 2019
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.
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