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Fossicking and Rockhounding => Fossicking Locations => Topic started by: shaker on June 12, 2015, 08:15:26 PM

Title: Nundle
Post by: shaker on June 12, 2015, 08:15:26 PM
Hi all.
I am heading up to Nundle to do a bit of fishing and fossicking in the last week of this month. Does anyone know and give me the heads up on where I might find sapphires.
Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Nundle
Post by: daw1zard on June 12, 2015, 08:22:50 PM
Not sure on Sapphires but the tourist info centre in town should be able to point you right. The give out mud maps for the main fossicking locations and seemed to have a heap of local knowledge.
Title: Re: Nundle
Post by: Gemster on June 12, 2015, 09:15:52 PM
Don't know about sapphires..... but you will find Fisheries, Nat Parks and any other law enforcement officer out there......they are everywhere >:( >:(

Make sure you have relevant forests ect   ;)
Title: Re: Nundle
Post by: col on June 13, 2015, 11:15:47 PM
Hi Shaker,
              Ask at the fossickers caravan park the people that run it, I got a map somewhere here at home from them or at the info centre they have there (which also has a fine collection of rocks in there). Even the locals will help you out where to look. Its up in hanging rock area. I have found a few small ones there as well as zircons. The praise mine is worth a trek down too as well which is also up in the hanging rock area. Found some nice small quartz crystals up there also. Love the area up there and I must get back up there one day soon myself. Hope this helps and good luck.

Title: Re: Nundle
Post by: Gareth456 on June 14, 2015, 08:46:01 AM
Hey mate, I often go zircon hunting at nundle and have came across a few sapphires ( mostly opaque) I go to a dig site on forest road, about 1km from ponderosa park. Just ask the guys at the info centre! Cheers Gareth 
Title: Re: Nundle
Post by: Gareth456 on June 14, 2015, 08:54:02 AM
If you drive up the hill to hanging rock lookout instead of turning right to hanging rock lookout go left on forest way, you will eventually see a road going left " Duncan's creek road" continue straight for about 500 meters, you should see some diggings on the right.
Title: Re: Nundle
Post by: shaker on June 14, 2015, 09:49:58 AM
Thank you all very much for the info and will use it to it's best advantage.
Title: Re: Nundle
Post by: BrisGazza on July 10, 2015, 08:12:39 AM
 :) Had a look at this place > Duncan's creek road" mentioned above  did not have a lot of time  &  only found some  crusty looking things , have not looked at them yet , found plenty of holes where people had been digging on both sides of the road , i have only seen water worn zircons before so not sure these things are a rough a bigger version or not yet , Gazza
Title: Re: Nundle
Post by: Gem Ranger on July 11, 2015, 01:44:45 AM
The rock from the old larva flows there has reverted back to clays which comprise about 90% of the wash. With limited water its difficult to process the material in any real quantity. A hand operated trommel like a cement mixer would be a good start. The zircon and sapphire apparently travelled with the larva when it was expelled and subsequently was abraded and polished in the process.
If I remember correctly the zircon is also quite old there and has degraded a fair bit, hence its toffee colour and frequent cracking. I have however seen the odd stone from there that would cut a decent gem up to a few carats. The sapphire to zircon ratio is low, perhaps one sapphire to every ten zircon and yes most of the sapphire is too dark to cut a good stone. The spot is however a nice way to spend a day, nestled amongst pine trees :)
Title: Re: Nundle
Post by: Jamo on July 11, 2015, 08:51:37 PM
Shaker, checked out this place but didn't fossick. As mentioned the Nundle Tourst Info will give you a mud map. You will pass a road on your left when you get near (can't remember it's name)  but travel slowly when you go out  as the diggings are not huge. They are on the right hand side of the road among the established pine trees.

Let us know how you get on