Welcome to Gem Fields
The Gem Fields of Central Queensland are a tough landscape when the sun scorches sun and are sparkles on the horizon. The fields draw heart-strong prospectors who eke out a living until a jackpot (or sunstroke) arrives. Fossickers descend in winter – in the hot summers the towns are nearly deserted. Sapphires are the main haul, but zircons are also found and, very rarely, rubies. Sixteen kilometres on from the town of Emerald (named after Emerald Downs, emeralds are not actually found here) are Sapphire and then Rubyvale, the two main towns on the fields.