Sapphire Central, Queensland

Sapphire Central is a rural locality in the Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] The town of Sapphire is within the locality (23.46111°S 147.7208°E / -23.46111; 147.7208 (Sapphire (town centre))).[3]Sapphires are mined extensively in the area. At the 2016 census, the town of Sapphire had a population of 572 people.[1]

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Suburb of Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australia
Sapphire Central

Sapphire Central

23.4839°S 147.7369°E / -23.4839; 147.7369 (Sapphire Central (centre of locality))

Population 572 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 4.063/km2 (10.522/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4702
Area 140.8 km2 (54.4 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Central Highlands Region
State electorate(s) Gregory
Federal division(s) Flynn
Suburbs around Sapphire Central:
Rubyvale Rubyvale Fork Lagoons
Rubyvale Sapphire Central Anakie Siding
Anakie Siding Anakie Siding Anakie Siding

Sapphire was one of three towns within the locality of The Gemfields (the others being Anakie and Rubyvale) until 17 April 2020, when the Queensland Government decided to replace The Gemfields with three new localities (Sapphire Cental, Anakie Siding and Rubyvale) based around each of the three towns respectively. The boundaries of the locality of Argyll were also modified to accommodate the introduction of the locality of Sapphire Central with an area of 140.8 square kilometres (54.4 sq mi).[4][5][6][7]

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Mount Bullock is in the north-west of the locality and west of the town (23.4694°S 147.6944°E / -23.4694; 147.6944 (Mount Bullock)). It is 335 metres (1,099 ft) above sea level.[7][8]

In the south-west of the locality is The Three Sisters Range (midpoint 23.5124°S 147.6542°E / -23.5124; 147.6542 (The Three Sisters Range (midpoint))) which extends south into Anakie Siding. It contains a number of unnamed peaks rising to 370 metres (1,210 ft) above sea level.[9]

Apart from the west of the locality, most of Sapphire Cental is relatively flat at 230 metres (750 ft) above sea level.[7]

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