Annual ‘Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park’ Temporary Closure
1st February – 28 March, 2021
Each year we close the park for a short amount of time to allow us to travel to the Kino Gem & Mineral Show in Tucson, Arizona.
Due to COVID restrictions, we will not be making the trip this year but have decided to use this time to attend to general maintenance around the park and to improve some of our facilities – (please note that this may also cause slight delays to online orders).
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you all in March!
Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park is located approximately 30 mins west of Rockhampton on the Capricorn Highway at Wycarbah, Queensland.
The park consists of a fossicking area, gift shop, pewter casting workshops, small camping ground including powered caravan sites, basic amenities including toilets & hot showers, washing machine and BBQ and picnic areas.
Established in 1974 to allow visitors to dig their own Thundereggs and spherulitic Rhyolite, the Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park remains a popular destination for fossickers seeking these curious volcanic formations.
Thundereggs & Spherulitic Rhyolite (Rainforest Jasper)
Fossicking – (9:00am – 4:30pm)
Visitors can fossick through piles of thunderegg – bearing material which is excavated from the nearby mine site, and transported to a safe area suitable for all ages. Visitors are given a bag for their stones, a tool to fossick, and shown what to look for. Any stones collected can be kept, and upon completion of their search, each person can have a couple of stones cut for free. Extra cutting is available at extra cost. Fees apply for fossicking, and enclosed footwear is required. No fixed starting times or bookings required but we suggest arriving by 2pm at the latest to enjoy the full fossicking experience. Our hours of operation are 7 days a week, 9am to 4:30pm. Pets allowed if kept under control.
Kids (5-17): $15
Under 5s: $5
Family Rate (2+2 or more) – 10% off total price
We are open 7 days a week – 9am to 4:30pm
We also cater for Student Groups! Email us for more info. Bookings are required.
Price per Group Fossicker: $13.50 (teachers, supervisors, bus drivers are free of charge for these particular group bookings)
Closed in footwear MUST be worn when fossicking – no exceptions!
Also on site is a gift shop with an extensive range of gemstone and pewter products, including souvenirs, gifts, gemstone jewellery, carvings etc. and “Aradon Fine Pewter” products, which are manufactured on site.
The kiosk sells cold drinks and ice creams. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Open 7 days a week, 9:00am to 4:30pm.
Powered Site: 2 adults/1night $25 – $5 each additional person
Unpowered Site: 2 adults/1night $20 – $5 each additional person
Pets allowed (must be controlled)
Camp Fires are allowed
Basic Hot showers
Coin-operated Washing Machine