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Gemtree is a popular destination not only for the locals, but for the fans of fossicking. As the Gateway to the gem fields of Central Australia, you will join fellow fossickers on tag-along tours in search of garnets and zircons.

With limited onsite accommodation, many come with caravans or their own tent. The peak season of course is April to September, so it is advisable to book.

Gemtree is located 140 km north-east of Alice Springs, with bitumen road to the front gate!. Nestled amongst the native bush of the Plenty Highway, it is set on 250 acres park offering nature walks and fossickers tag-along tours.

There is a Gem Room, activities, a number of events held throughout the year, camping, caravan and cabin style accommodation. For those planning a stay, you should ensure you bring all your own provisions, although their mini store does stock a limited supply.

There is also a Gem Room and Gallery where you can view Utopian Aboriginal Art and an extensive range of jewellery, gems, crystals and other mineral specimens. The Gem Room offers a chance to purchase a precut and set stones in a number of configuration. You can even visit their website and shop online.

For those with pets, they are welcomed at management discretion. Please ensure you mention your pet when booking.

All up, it is a great day for the family, where you can all pitch in to find that stone for your mum's necklace or that great set of of ear-rings.

For booking, tours, events and accommodation, check their site for details.

Information Centre

Gemtree — Gateway to the Gemfields
ALICE SPRINGS / PLENTY HIGHWAY NT
Ph: 08 8956 9855
Fax: 08 8956 9860
Email
Web: www.gemtree.com.au

Central Australian Visitor Information Centre

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Gemtree Images

Gemtree also offers the opportunity for some great bird watching, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. Following are some images from the area...
Gemtree © Dorothy Latimer, August 2007 Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) © Dorothy Latimer, August 2007 Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius) © Dorothy Latimer, August 2007 Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) © Dorothy Latimer, August 2007
Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla) © Dorothy Latimer, August 2007 Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) © Dorothy Latimer, August 2007 Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) © G Sully, August 2007
Fossicking at Gemtree © D Latimer, August 2007 Fossicking at Gemtree © G Sully, August 2007 Bush Banana (Marsdenia australis) © Greg Sully, August 2007  
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