Miners Heritage Walk-In Mine

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Location: 97 Heritage Road, Rubyvale, Queensland 4702.
1.5 km from Rubyvale, west of Emerald.
(-23.408220, 147.689230)
Open: All year daily 9-15.
First tour 9:15, tours every hour.
Closed 25-DEC, Boxing Day.
Fee: Adults AUD 20, Children (13-17) AUD 10, Children (5-12) AUD 5, Children (0-4) free, Seniors AUD 17.50.
Classification: MineGem Mine MineFee Mining sapphire mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=40 min.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Miners Heritage Walk In Mine, 97 Heritage Road, Rubyvale, Queensland 4702, Tel: +61-7-4985-4444. E-mail:
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1875 gem field mining started.
1906 Monkey Drive tunnel dug by Charles Hagan.
1982 Miners Heritage mine established.
1984 opened as a show mine.
2004 new above ground air-conditioned showroom opened to the public.


Miners Heritage Walk In Mine, Australia's largest underground walk-in sapphire mine, offers underground tours and an underground gem shop. It is located at Rubyvale, Queensland, in the heart of the Queensland sapphire fields. The mine was opened as a working mine for sapphires, but after only two years it was transformed into a show mine. The guides are underground miners who talk first hand about their work. The tour follows the Monkey Drive tunnel dug by Charles Hagan in 1906.