World first dinosaur and gem trail

Head back in time along the Tropic of Capricorn.

The Tropic of Capricorn is home to a trail of dinosaur fossils, ancient rainforests, Sapphire Gemfields and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - the Great Barrier Reef. 

Explore all this and more on the Capricorn Way's “Dig the Tropic” Trail in Central Queensland.

Dig the Tropic is a themed geo-tourism trail and the only known trail of its kind in the world. Using interpretive panels at key points of interest, the trail enables visitors to experience a self-drive journey like no other.

Spanning about 1,200km along the Capricorn Highway from the Capricorn Coast, inland to the Central Queensland Highlands and towards the outback, Dig the Tropic will see you uncovering the history of Australia from the Jurassic era to the present day.

Explore ancient limestone caverns at Capricorn Caves, visit Mt Morgan; home to the largest historic gold mine in Queensland, discover volcanic thundereggs at Mount Hay and fossick for gems on the Sapphire Gemfields. Go on a real Australian road trip to discover adventure as you follow the Capricorn Way, the link to Outback Queensland.

The drive is easily accessible whether you are in a car, 4x4, camp trailer and even a caravan. Take your time and experience all there is to offer from the reef to the outback.

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