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M and M Sapphires

M and M Sapphires

1077 Rubyvale Road, Sapphire, Queensland, 4702
Email: m.m.sapphires@bigpond.com
Website: www.ozsapphires.com.au
9133266 Phone Number: 61 07 4985 4437
Fax Number: 61 07 4985 4437

Buy direct from the Miner. M and M Sapphires have exquisite Cut Sapphires and Sapphire Jewellery on display. They can also set your stones, or choose from their wide range of precious and semi precious gems, into their large range of jewellery settings. Look no further for your faceting supplies and jewellery tools. Phone and mail orders welcome.

Goondiwindi War Memorial

Goondiwindi War Memorial

Marshall Street, Goondiwindi, Queensland, 4390
Email: heritage@ehp.qld.gov.au
Website: www.ehp.qld.gov.au

A towering soldier statue now found in Goondiwindi's Town Park was one of the most expensive soldier monuments marking WWI in Queensland. Governor Sir Matthew Nathan unveiled the six metre high memorial in September 1922 while in the south-west border town to observe an eclipse of the sun. The life-sized grey sandstone soldier, standing on top of a red and grey polished granite column, polished blocked trachyte pedestal and a stepped concrete base, cost £1,800. It was located in Herbert Street at that time. The designer is unknown. The pedestal carries the gilded names of 325 locals who enlisted in WWI-providing invaluable insight into the community's involvement in the war. Of those, 54 (about one in six) died, underscoring the devastating impact the conflict had on a young nation. The soldiers' monument was relocated to the park in 1949. At this time, a set of gates were erected as a WWII memorial, unveiled by Sir Thomas William Glasgow, a Gallipoli survivor who went on to stand up to high-ranking British officers in France, refusing their command to surrender at Villers-Bretonneux.

Mount Surprise Gems

Mount Surprise Gems

Garland Street, Mount Surprise, Queensland, 4871
Email: info@thegemden.com.au
Website: www.thegemden.com.au
9097428 Phone Number: 61 07 4062 3055
Fax Number: 61 07 4062 3099

Mount Surprise Gems is Far North Queensland's only fossicking information hub. Take a tour to their mining claim. Or go it alone and hire or buy your own equipment. There is plenty of information available covering the six gem and gold fossicking areas and the possibility of finding topaz, aquamarine, quartz, peridot, moonstone, agate, fluorite and gold is enormous. At the shop see how gems are cut and set. Have some fun with the 'stake a claim' pits or try your luck with a bucket of wash. They'll show you what to do. There's plenty for all the family to do. The cafe is set amongst native gardens with giant games, and murals depicting the strong mining history of the region. Coffee is served from breakfast through to dinner with home made meals and treats always available. Plenty of jewellery, gifts and souvenirs are for sale.

Min Min Encounter

Min Min Encounter

Herbert Street, Boulia, Queensland, 4829
Email: tourism@boulia.qld.gov.au
Website: www.boulia.qld.gov.au
9006409 Phone Number: 61 07 4746 3386
Fax Number: 61 07 4746 3387

The Min Min Encounter is a unique theatrical experience incorporating animatronics, fibre optics and loads of other high tech wizardry. The encounter is a tribute to the long honoured art of the bush yarn, all based around the famed Min Min Light phenomenon. At the Min Min encounter you will have an outback experience like no other. In the 45 minute show you will be introduced to the story of the Min Min Light by various characters who claim to have taken on a journey through Min Min country to have your own Min Min experience complete with spine tingling effects and an unpredictable ending. Refreshments including sandwiches, cakes, drinks and cappuccinos are available from the Encounter's Cafe also within the facility. The whole centre is wheelchair accessible.

Redland Art Gallery

Redland Art Gallery

Middle Street, Corner of Bloomfield Street, Cleveland, Queensland, 4163
Email: gallery@redland.qld.gov.au
Website: www.more2redlands.com.au/ArtGallery/About%20Us/Pages/default.aspx
9074258 Phone Number: 61 07 3829 8899
Fax Number: 61 07 3829 8891

Opened in 2003, Redland Art Gallery is a vibrant award winning regional gallery showcasing innovative and culturally diverse exhibitions. Redland Art Gallery features six exhibition spaces over two locations at Cleveland and Capalaba. The gallery's policy is to present a balanced and varied exhibition program of innovative and traditional works that provide opportunities for residents and visitors to engage with the visual arts, craft and design and support representation of the Redlands diverse culture and heritage.

Clown fish, Great Barrier Reef

Thetford Reef Dive Site

Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland, 4870
Email: info@tropicalaustralia.com.au
9110591 Phone Number: 61 07 4051 3588

Thetford Reef, off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, is almost 2 kilometres long with scattered coral heads, sandy floor in-between and lots of swim-throughs. Look for giant clams, butterflyfish, rabbitfish, damsels, angelfish and pipefish, large gorgonian fans and soft coral. Anemones host commensal fish, and boulder coral heads have multi-coloured Christmas worms. The area is home to larger pelagic fish, including mackeral and tuna; also trevally, wrasse, spangled emperor, red bass, blue and gold fusiliers and sergeant majors.

Glass House Mountains

Glass House Mountains National Park

Steve Irwin Way, via , Glass House Mountains, Queensland, 4518
Email: qpws@nprsr.qld.gov.au
Website: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/glass-house-mountains/index.html

Craggy volcanic peaks, rhyolite plugs, rise abruptly above the scenic landscape, a rolling green patchwork of pine plantations, bushland and cultivated fields. The Glass House Mountains were named by Lieutenant James Cook as he voyaged up the Queensland coast in 1770. They are spiritually significant to the local Aboriginal people and are listed on the Queensland and National Heritage Registers as a landscape of national significance. In this park, remnants of the open eucalypt woodland and heath vegetation, which once covered the coastal plains, provide a home for an interesting variety of animals and plants. Visit the interpretive centre in the Glass House Mountains township. Drive to the nearby Glass House Mountains lookout in Beerburrum State Forest for views of the multiple peaks. Enjoy a picnic at the base of Mount Beerwah or Mount Tibrogargan. Take the easy Western Boundary walk at Mount Beewah or try a slightly more challenging walk such as the Tibrorgargan circuit or Mount Beeburrum track for great views. If you are a fit, experienced walker with rock climbing skills, tackle the Mount Ngungun summit track. The summit routes on Mounts Ngungun and Tibrogargan are also suitable for roped sports for experienced and well-equipped climbers.

The Robber

Robbers Tree

Stockyard Street, Cunnamulla, Queensland, 4490
Email: cunnamullainfo@paroo.qld.gov.au
Website: www.paroo.info
9031022 Phone Number: 61 07 4655 8470
Fax Number: 61 07 4655 1120

A living reminder of the Cunnamulla Bank Robbery in 1880, The Robber, Joseph Wells, hid in the tree but was quickly captured by the irate townspeople whose money he had stolen. Joseph Wells goes down in history as the last man, in Queensland, to receive the death penalty for his particular crime.

Sandstone escarpments, Ka Ka Mundi

Ka Ka Mundi, Carnarvon National Park

via, Springsure, Queensland, 4722
Email: qpws@nprsr.qld.gov.au
Website: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/carnarvon-ka-ka-mundi/index.html

Ka Ka Mundi, Carnarvon National Park, has more than 30 kilometres of sandstone escarpments and plateaus, dry rainforest surrounding clear springs and brigalow scrubs on clay soil. Aboriginal people have close ties to the area. Ka Ka Mundi suits wilderness seekers. Self-sufficient visitors can bush-camp near Bunbuncundoo Springs, however there are no visitor facilities. Experienced walkers with compass and map will enjoy exploring. The park is best to visit in cooler months, though mornings can be frosty.

QMM Entrance

Queensland Maritime Museum

412 Stanley Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, 4101
Email: info@maritimemuseum.com.au
Website: www.maritimemuseum.com.au
9045658 Phone Number: 61 07 3844 5361
Fax Number: 61 07 3846 1945

The Queensland Maritime Museum was established in 1971 and is a fantastic visitor experience. The museum features the historic warship Diamantina, the 1925 steam tug Forceful, the heritage listed South Brisbane Dry Dock, and a large collection of exhibits such as Jessica's Pink Lady. Visitors can board the Diamantina at her berth in the dry dock and access throughout the vessel is visitor friendly. She is especially popular with younger visitors. The Diamantina has been restored to her 1945 condition and she is the only one of her kind left in the world. Completed in 1881 the South Brisbane Dry Dock housing the Diamantina and a lightship is the centrepiece of the Museum. Visitors can gain easy access to the dry dock and marvel at its construction and the large warship above them. Lighthouses are popular exhibits and the Museum has a very special presentation of lighthouse technology. Their volunteer workforce are only too pleased to welcome visitors.

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