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Looks like Agate Creek Campground may be reopening (subject to further advice) from the 11th of July 2020.
Dave and Dot recommend checking with them before heading out (via facebook)

Do you still want some thundereggs?

Gemstone Discussions / Re: Identification please
« on: May 04, 2019, 11:17:37 AM »
Given the location
Clear zircon?
Clear corundum?
Do a specific gravity test (density)


General Discussion / Re: Agate Creek
« on: April 16, 2019, 03:07:00 PM »
I have just come back from Agate Creek yesterday.
There is more bitumen between Georgetown and Forsayth.
They are starting to grade the area North of Cobbold Gorge.  Overall the dirt sectons are in good condition.
Of concern is that on my way home from the fossicking field, I had to break heavily and come to a complete stop for two separate mine trucks (they only had two carriages not the usual three that you get on the Mt Surprise road).  They were not travelling slowly.  This is a first for me in my 10 or so years travelling out to Agate Creek.  On my way into Georgetown on the bitumen I passed 3 in convoy.  I also passed many mine Utes - more traffic than usual.  I will be very careful when travelling out to Agate Creek from now on.
On another note, Dot and Dave Terry's camp is now $50 a week.
The Safari Camp located up in the pocket is being managed by Craig Morris.  When I visited the area, there was no one around.  A sign at the front says camping all year round and to ring Craig.  His phone number is 0740625386.  There are two signs, one says $6 and the other $8 per night.  The grass is quite high, and the facilities are in need of some TLC.  When I arrived there was no water.  I fixed the issue but they only have a 200 litre drum that the spring feeds into.   If you are self sufficient, it is a very peaceful place to camp.  The only noises come from the birds.
There is still plenty of agates to be had if you are willing to put in a hard days digging (or three).  Some of the agates I pulled this year are the biggest I have encountered - just hope they are not all crystal.

Trip Talk / Re: Fossicking Cloncurry
« on: January 11, 2018, 10:00:09 AM »
Thank you

Trip Talk / Fossicking Cloncurry
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:19:48 AM »
I will be heading out to Cloncurry Qld in May.  Does anyone know the latest on Amethyst Castle?  Is it open and who do you contact?  Thanks in advance.

Fossicking Locations / Re: North & Western Qld petrified wood
« on: April 13, 2017, 12:33:34 PM »
There are a few spots around Wandoan where the wood is either on the side of the road or part on the road itself
Go to the Roma Geology map SG 55-12.  You can download this off the OziExplorer site or get it for free from:

The light blue area to the North of Wanodan is Ji - mudstone, sandstone, siltstone etc  We found very glassy water worn wood in the creeks throughout this area.  In some places its all over the road.

Another spot is East of Capella.  The wood is on the side of the road along Mt Stuart Road.
Latitude 23 degrees 5.5833 minutes South
Longitude 148 degrees 37.3498 minutes East

I found these spots by scanning through every geology map in Queensland.  There are little symbols on the maps the show the macro and micro fossils.

Let me know if you need more help

Fossicking Locations / Re: Sites for amethyst at kuridala
« on: February 05, 2017, 07:08:23 PM »
Dan I may be doing a trip to Kuridala in June/July 2017 (Queensland school holidays).
It depends if my daughter can get away from her studies.
The location of Kuridala amethyst fossicking is:    21 deg 18.9787’ S   
                                                                                 140 deg 32.0564’ E
When are you looking at going?



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