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Trip Talk / advice needed :)
« on: April 18, 2013, 07:05:17 PM »
Hi everyone, whilst we were up at Torrington yesterday we bumped into some lovely people who told us that some of the best fossicking areas included Wellingrove...from all my readings in ALF it seems that Wellingrove has been done over and pickings are slim. Now you guys are the experts and I am very much the novice...can you tell me your experiences at Wellingrove? I heard a story yesterday about a 20 carat stone being found but what are your experiences? I'm happy to give anywhere a go and am not afraid of hard work, but as we have a limited amount of time left in the beautiful Glen Innes/ Inverell area I would love your expert advice!

Show off your Gems / A day at Tingha Sands
« on: April 15, 2013, 05:27:50 PM »
[smg id=5253 type=preview align=center caption="Tinga quartz"]

Trip Talk / Mt Hay Thunder eggs
« on: October 02, 2012, 05:40:14 PM »
Hi All
Just in case any one is interested, we stopped at Mt Hay for Thunder eggs this week and were not disappointed. We picked up a good mound each. The lady cut 3-4 of them free for each of us which was really generous considering they say they will only cut one each per customer. We were so happy with the end result and will be looking at the Aussie Sapphire store to learn how to polish them up. It is a lovely little spot to stop and so interesting to talk to the owners about the lava flow and production process. I love being able to support Local people working hard. We have an amazing country. I've fallen in love with the idea of heading to Winton and exploring the dinosaurs and opals further west.

Trip Talk / Off to Central Queensland Gem fields
« on: July 28, 2012, 04:32:41 PM »
After trawling forums and reading of amazing finds in CQ gemfields, we are heading on a new adventure. I am thinking of staying around Emerald and/or Sapphire.
From what I have read so far there is no shortage of luck in the whole area. We will take a look at Blue Hollow, Willowtree area, Tomahawk?, Rubyvale.
There are so many options. I will keep reading and refining but if you have any advice on areas, I would appreciate you input. We don't mind a hard work and we also don't mind pay to dig sites (haven't seen any of those in CQ so far).
I'm also a little stuck on where to stay...I love being just out of town, don't mind caravan parks or hiring a house but love experiencing the country.
I notice JimneyJerry is heading up.
Will have to purchase a hat from Andrew and Leah so I can be a part of the secret ALF crew.

Show off your Gems / Nundle finds
« on: May 03, 2010, 02:22:01 PM »
We went to lovely Nundle at easter again and had a ball. Here are some shots of what we found. I'd love some tips on how to photograph gems so that you can best see the colours! My photos just don't seem to do the gems justice. Sorry.
I took the first shot out in the sun, the second shot the same stones but on a glass plate over a lamp to try ang get the colour to show.

Hi Everyone
I feel like I have hit the jack pot when I found this site! Your information has been so detailed!
I've just spent the morning scouring all your posts and writing the information down on maps Ihave printed out from!
I would love your input for our trip -  2 adults, 2 kids who are passionate about fossicking. We've done a lot of fossicking around Nundle but are spreading out!

I'm really not sure about where to get opal in lightening ridge...was going to ask around when we got there.
Does any one have any  places that really stand out as great. Found 2 mines on the internet.

For Glen Innes I've narrowed it down to the following(from your amazing information on the posts) but very open to your input:
* 7 Oaks - sapphires
*Billabong Blue - sapphires
*Tinga Sands and Stannifer for quartz and crystals
*possible trip to Emmaville?

What do you think?

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