Willows Gemfields is 11 kilometres off the Capricorn Highway. The turn is 24 kilometres pass the Anakie/Sapphire crossroads and about a 45 minute drive west of Emerald. This Sapphire Gemfields area is known for having unusually coloured sapphires. Hand mining and/or fossicking involves digging from old creek beds, now underground, and sieving it to separate out the sand and oversized rocks. It is then washed before the sapphires can be hand sorted from the other heavy gravels.
Fossicking on the Sapphire Gemfields is easy with equipment hire and fossicking licenses available. Willows Gemfields has caravan park accommodation and also offers fossicking park facilities, where you can learn to recognise and find sapphires from the earth. The Glenalva and Willows shallow digging areas are where you fossick near Willows Gemfields. Willows Gemfields service station only has unleaded fuel, and the nearest hospital in the Gemfields is located at Emerald.
Activites and Experiences at Willows Gemfields
- Off Road Driving
- Farm/Station activity
- Bush Tucker
- Public Telephone
- RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
- Capricorn Tourism
Nearest Airport: Emerald