Family Fun in Spring
The quaint town of Rubyvale offers comfortable accommodation within a hotel or cabin as well as holiday units and caravan parks. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the gem and jewellery shops, and refresh at the cafe or pub. The Australian Miners Historic Museum houses relics from the Sapphire Gemfields' colourful history. The Gem Gallery, the Cafe, and the Hotel are all pure Gemfields architecture, made of “billy boulders”, ironbark logs, and locally crafted wrought-iron.
Step into another world on a walk-in mine tour where the underground temperature sits at a cool 24 to 27 degrees Celsius. Tours take visitors through the network of tunnels, providing insight into the process of underground sapphire mining. Marvel at the tiny tunnels, called “tummy tunnels” used by the pioneer miners. Middle Ridge is the closest fossicking area to the township, plus there are numerous fossicking parks.
Fossicking parks allow people of all ages and fitness to join the fun of finding a sapphire. With the digging work already done, visitors can buy a bucket of wash and start searching straight away. Friendly staff are on hand to provide advice and guidance on how to sieve and sort for sapphires. If you don't find your own gem, the local gem galleries and shops offer stunning sapphire jewellery for sale. A new observatory offers visitors the chance to view the beautiful galaxy of stars in the outback night sky. Rubyvale also has a post office, laundromat, and a general store with fuel.
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