Discover the oldest town on the Sapphire Gemfield, Anakie, which is rich in both history and gems.
Anakie is positioned at the Sapphire Gemfields ‘crossroads’ along the Capricorn Highway, and hosts Australia’s largest sapphire exhibition, the ‘Gemfest – Festival of Gems’ over four days each August.
History buffs will enjoy the quaint railway station built in 1884 as part of the rail push into western Queensland. Be sure to look behind the station for the 130-year-old bottle tree, engraved with the initials of the soldiers who were on their way to war.
Visit the historic Anakie Hotel which had to be partially rebuilt in 1971 after a disgruntled patron blew out the front section with gelignite. You can also enjoy the community rejuvenated town dam area.
Anakie has your accommodation covered with a bed and breakfast, caravan park and hotel/motel. The nearest hospital is located at Emerald, and there is a service station, along with a local pub for meals and drinks.