Anakie is 309km west of Rockhampton and 375km east of Longreach on the Capricorn Highway. At 43km west of Emerald a crossroad leads to Anakie township and to the north a sealed road leads 18km to the small townships of Sapphire and Rubyvale, from where a network of unsealed roads and tracks connect the various mining and fossicking localities. Most are suitable for conventional vehicles except after rain.
Sapphire, Scrub Lead, Rubyvale, Divide and Reward are five of six areas of Designated Fossicking Land on the central Queensland sapphire fields where recreational and tourist fossicking is possible under simple Fossickers Licences without the need to contact the relevant landowners. However, certain types of commercial mining tenures are also allowed in these areas. To provide areas where recreational fossickers and tourists can search for stones without any competition from commercial mining, several Fossicking Areas have also been established over certain areas of mainly shallow wash. The Fossicking Areas (Tomahawk Creek, Middle Ridge, Big Bessie, Graves Hill, Glenalva) are localities set aside for fossickers alone and no further commercial mining tenures have been issued over them. The Designated Fossicking Land (Divide, Rubyvale, Scrub Lead, Sapphire, Reward, Willows) allow both fossicking and specified commercial mining tenures.
Golden yellow, orange and green sapphires have been found up to 70 carats in size. Also star and parti-coloured.
http://www.pacificislandtravel.com/australia/queensland/gemfields.asp [Link Broken? Dec 2013]
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References: http://www.dme.qld.gov.au/zone_files/fossicking_pdf/sapphire_dfl_2007.pdf [Link Broken? Dec 2013]
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Locality Updated: Dolyhyde Mine (Dolly Hyde Mine), Libertytown, Frederick Co., Maryland, USAFrom Bill Cordua, 11th Dec 2013 05:05:36