History Lava Plains
The smaller Lava Plains field
differs markedly from the Anakie field in that the basalts that
host the sapphires are very much in evidence on the field.
Located 100km south of Mount Garnet and mining is centred on the
Wyandotte Creek area.
Some small-scale mining began
in the 1970s but it was not until the mid to late1980s that
large-scale mining occurred. In 1990, there were three
mechanised operations in the Mines Hill-Wyandotte Creek area.
Since 1993 until 2002 there has
been no commercial mining undertaken on the Lava Plains field.
2002 saw Coolamon Mining
establish operations in the area.
genuine sapphire -
made by nature
Resource on the Australian Sapphire Industry