Yowah Opal Field

Yowah Opal Field

The Yowah Opal Field, and the nearby area known as Blackgate, is the centre of the South West Queensland opal fields.

It's a popular destination for all travellers offering:

  • easy access from main roads
  • opal fossicking, opal tours, opal gemstones
  • caravan park (30 Powered sites, 6 Cabins)
  • Rural Transaction Centre (One executive double suite/professional office with internet/video conferencing)
  • two convenience stores
  • two cafes
  • telephone
  • permanent bore water supply
  • extreme golf
  • Annual Yowah Opal Festival
  • Magnificent scenery, birdlife and wildlife

Fuel and gas is available for guests only of the Artesian Waters Caravan Park.

YOWAH OPAL FESTIVAL

Visitors are welcome to attend the Yowah Opal Festival on 17th, 18th and 19th July 2009, a highlight on the annual calender of events in the south west Opal Fields.

ACCESS

Yowah is easily accessible 155km west of Cunnamulla.

Travelling towards Thargomindah, turn off to the right about 18km west of Eulo onto the Yowah/Toompine Road and travel 48km via Alroy homestead to the Yowah turnoff. Continue a further 23km via Moolya homestead to Yowah.

Yowah also has its own airport with runway facility.

OPAL AT YOWAH

The Queensland Opal Fields are within a belt of deeply weathered Cretaceous sedimentary rocks known as Winton Formation, which extends from the New South Wales border at Hungerford west of Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Longreach, and Winton to Kynuna, a distance of about 1000km.

A feature of the Yowah field is the occurance of precious opal in siliceous ironstone nodules generally referred to as "Yowah Nuts". These nuts range from about 5mm to 200mm across, have a spherical or ellipsoidal shape, and show alternate concentric rings or bands of light and dark brown siliceous ironstone. There is sometimes a kernal of precious opal which is the main source of the gem.

Fossicking for Opal:

An individual or family fossicker's licence can be obtained for a small fee from the Paroo Shire Council, Cunnamulla or locally in Yowah. Hand tools only are permitted. Camping is prohibited in the fossicking area.

Accommodation:

Artesian Waters Caravan Park offers six air-conditioned units, 30 powered van sites and camping. Bookings telephone (07) 4655 4953 Ian and Pauline Richardson. Fuel/gas and shop for Park guests only.

The Rural Transaction Centre offers one executive suite, air-conditioned, ensuite. Also available is a professional office with internet/video conferencing facility. Enquiries (07) 4655 4867.


Things to do include:

Do plan to visit the Museum, the Library, Opal Shops and Art Galleries.

You can also experience a hot artesian water bath under the stars or attend one of the community barbecues. Whatever you choose to do, the locals will welcome you warmly into their space.

Opal mine tours

Art and Craft and Photography

Stunning scenery - visit The Bluff Lookout

Birdwatching

Sunday - tailgaters market
Information Paroo Shire Council Cunnamulla Visitor Information Centre