Gemtree is the centre for the Central Australian gemfields. Gemtree
Caravan Park runs guided tag-along tours to the garnet and zircon
fields for amateur fossickers who want to try their luck.
Location: 151 km north east of Alice Springs on Plenty Highway.
Gemtree is also home to Australia's most northerly vineyard. Wines
such as Uncut Shiraz, Luna Roja Tempranillo, Moonstone Savagnin and
Obsidian Shiraz are produced from their vines that are farmed with
biodynamic practices and are fully certified organic.
Gemtree's small billabong contains local fresh water fish,
‘Spangled Grunter’. These fish are too small to catch to
eat, but it is fun to feed and watch them come to the surface and
follow you as you walk around the edge of the water. Toss some old
pieces of bread into the water and watch the fish rush to the surface
and compete with the ducks - all of which will love the feast!
Unfortunately there is no swimming allowed in the billabong which has a
37 kms north of the Plenty River is Box Hole Meteorite Crater. The
crater was about 180 - 200 meters across, with a variety of coloured
rocks including interesting pieces of quartz.
There are a few interesting self-drive options on tracks around the
area. Some will require 4WD but some are suitable for conventional
vehicles. These destinations will take you through local pastoral
properties and the nearby scenic Harts Ranges. Gemtree Caravan Park
supplies information on where to go and how to get there for their
guests. Visitors are asked to show consideration when entering
private properties taking care to avoid cattle watering points and not
disturb the cattle. Mt Swan Aboriginal Art Gallery and the Mac and Rose
Chalmers Conservation Park at Tower Rock are popular day trips from
Gemtree. Box Hole Meteorite Crater is also an interesting trip.