A tourist friendly community of approximately permanent residents, Sapphire swells to several thousand visitors during the popular winter months.
A haven for those not fussed with big-city living they offer a peaceful respite from the world outside.
It was the perfect spot to take in the sunset and really made us realise just how special Rubyvale is. It was so great hearing stories about local legends and learning about how the mine worked. Thanks to a crash course in fossicking and some very helpful signs, we got the hang of it in no time and Matt became a little too invested in digging through the bucket, hoping to find a whopper.
There are a few places you can go fossicking around town, so find a place you like the look of and get stuck in! Alternatively, you could always try your luck in the dry riverbanks. The ladies were even nice to give me some instruction on how to boot scoot I was terrible and they were very patient. It was a really fun afternoon and a great way to meet new people, have a few drinks and a laugh.
I also understand the same live music goes down at the pub from time to time. Upbeat music plays in the background while you sink your teeth into perfectly cooked, absolutely delicious strudel.
When we visited, the flavours of the day were apple and cherry — both absolutely YUM and perfectly accompanied with a cup of coffee or pot of tea. Hear the story of local legend, Sparrow Head up to the Anakie Gemfields Hotel Motel and re-live the slightly crazy but very hilarious and totally true story of local beer-lover, Sparrow.
A rather short man, Sparrow complained it was the fault of the bar stools, not himself. So, he got his hands on sticks of gelignite and successfully blew up the front of the pub, with no injuries sustained to himself or any other patrons.
We loved the local vibe of the pub! There is also a whole range of other beer, wine and more, those are just two local beers you might want to sample. You can grab dinner from pm, shoot pool, mix it with the locals or just sit quietly and watch the world go by. Visit the annual Gemfest If you happen to be in town at the right time, make sure you visit the annual Gemfest. The four-day festival is held every year in the second week of August, drawing huge crowds and bringing the local area to life.
There are a great range of activities, including workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, prizes to be won and so much more. Peruse the Rubyvale Gem Gallery Wander into the Rubyvale Gem Gallery, situated in the heart of town, where you can meet the owner, Peter, who journeyed into arid Country Queensland as a young man of 21, learning the art of cutting, shaping and polishing gems from a talented local. Sink your teeth into their bacon and egg rolls or go old school and tuck into beans on toast to get your morning started.
We picked up some food for a picnic at the supermarket in Emerald then headed out. Spot local wildlife One of my favourite things about Rubyvale and Sapphire was the abundance of wildlife. Useful travel resources for your trip to Queensland As always, our guides and content are completely free.
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A haven for those not fussed with big-city living they offer a peaceful respite from the world outside. It was the perfect spot to take in the sunset and really made us realise just how special Rubyvale is.