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Rock the Tropics Tour

Come, see and feel the real Australian Outback and Downunder on this 9 day venture into the amazing natural wonders of Central Queensland on this once in a lifetime trip, created by The Gemmological Association of Australia, in association with the Rockhampton Lapidary Club.

After the Gemboree 2019 and GAA Symposium In Rockhampton.19-23rd April 2019.

Come join us for this epic once in a lifetime trip.

Dig the trpoics tour

The Tropic of Capricorn showcases the results of an incredible geo journey that has seen species eradicated, scenery transformed, and time buried in layers and folds. What remains is a living museum, a country embedded with great mineral wealth and tell-tale fossils. Discover spectacular landscapes that whisper of another world- reminding us that true beauty does indeed come from beneath.

Explore with us and discover the secrets of the ages in the treasures atop and layers below.

The adventure will leave Rockhampton on 23rd April 2019 and finish at Longreach Airport on 2nd May 2019 returning to Rockhampton or Brisbane visiting:

  • Mt Hay Gem Park Thundereggs
  • Blackwater Coal Museum
  • Central Queensland University (STEAM Class for youngsters)
  • Australian BBQ with a difference… including our wild life
  • Clermont Gold Prospecting
  • Opencut, Underground and private claim mines at the Central Queensland  Gemfields, including Rubyvale and Sapphire 
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs
  • Opal Mining

With side excursions to:

  • Lake Maraboon (Redclaw Fishing)
  • ANZAC Dawn Service
  • Ilfracombe Artesian Spa
  • Stockman’s Hall of Fame,
  • QANTAS Museum
  • Thompson River Cruise
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre

Dig the tropic tour

‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.’

Henri David Thoreau, (Author & Philosopher).

  • Tour on a comfortable air-conditioned coach.
  • Tour includes wholesome country meals and clean comfortable accommodation.
  • The side excursions are included, no more to pay except your return Brisbane or Rockhampton via air or coach.
  • Australian Dollar is very low at present in relation to US approx. 0.70cents or EU approx. 0.63cents.


Very limited numbers. Grab your spot now. Deadline for booking 26 January 2019.

This tour is only $3290 AUD

(approx US$2336 at exchange rate of 0.71c)



Email: travel@gem.org.au




Day Date From To Description
1 Tuesday, 23 April 19 Rockhampton Motels Mt Hay Gemstone Park
    Mt Hay Blackwater Lunch & Coal Museum
    Blackwater Emerald Accommodation Emerald 2 nights
        Dinner - Western Gateway - Stone Grill
2 Wednesday, 24 April 19 Emerald   Breakfast - Motel
        Trip to Dam - Red Claw & Fishing and Picnic
      Central Queensland University Class on Gems for Juniors
        Aussie BBQ - CQUni
        Competition Guess what you have eaten
        Central Queensland University talk
3 Thursday, 25 April 19 Emerald   Anzac Day Dawn Service
        Breakfast - Motel
        Clermont Fossicking and Picnic
        Accommodation Gemfields 3 Nights
      Rubyvale Dinner 
4 Friday, 26 April 19 Gemfields Anakie Breakfast - Accommodation
        Visit OpenCut Mine - Crystal Quarries
    Anakie Rubyvale Lunch @ Anakie Pub
        Visit Underground Mine or
        Visit Rob Fry's Claim - Split Group
5 Saturday, 27 April 19   Sapphire Breakfast
        Visit OpenCut Mine - Coolamon
        Lunch @ Pat's Gems with Wash
        Visit OpenCut Mine - Coolamon
        Rubyvale Gem Gallery
        Dinner - Royal Hotel -Talk by Peter Brown
6 Sunday, 28 April 19 Gemfields Longreach Accommodation Longreach 2 Nights
        Via The Willows
        Drummond Range Lookout
        Lunch - Alpha
        Ilfracombe Artesian Spa
        Stockman's Hall of Fame Dinner & Show
7 Monday, 29 April 19   Longreach Breakfast
        QANTAS Museum
        Thompson River Cruise & Aussie Dinner
8 Tuesday, 30 April 19 Longreach Winton Accommodation Winton 2 Nights
        Australian Age of Dinosaurs - 3Hr Tour
        Lunch - Waltzing Matilda Centre
9 Wednesday, 1 May 19   Opalton Breakfast
        Fossick for Opal
        Visit local population
        Return via Larks Quarry
10 Thursday, 2 May 19 Winton Longreach Breakfast
        Travel to airport to catch flights to Brisbane and Rockhampton
    Longreach Rockhampton  
        Coach returns to Rockhampton
  Subject to changes due to accomadation availability.