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Trip Talk / Back o' Bourke Fossicking Trip
« on: September 01, 2020, 11:49:41 AM »
Hi all,

Am combining fossicking & sightseeing 15 November to roughly 29 November staying @ Nyngan, Bourke, White Cliffs, Broken Hill, then Cobar & Dubbo on the return trip.

Have looked @ previous forums but any suggestions for fosscking locations appreciated, thanks.

Cheers & sta safe,
colza  :)

Shows and Events / Cessnock Rock Auction, Saturday 2nd November
« on: October 22, 2019, 07:18:18 AM »

The annual Cessnock Gem & Mineral Club Rock Auction will run Saturday week. See our facebook catalogue with pics. Viewing will begin @ 11, the auction @ noon. Refreshments will be sold on sight & there's a lucky door prize & raffle.

Plenty of good finds without the usual slog. Hope to see you there.


Shows and Events / Cessnock Rock Auction
« on: August 29, 2018, 09:21:43 AM »
Hi all,

The Cessnock Gem & Mineral Club will be holding their annual rock auction on Saturday 3rd November. Viewing and a light lunch will be available from 11am with the auction commencing at 12pm. An interesting assortment of slabs, fossils, faceting material, gemstones and specimens will be available. The Club is located in Hall Park, Stephen St, West Cessnock. Further details on the Club’s Facebook page:


Trip Talk / Bad News About Powelltown Area
« on: June 06, 2015, 03:56:52 PM »
Visiting Powelltown creeks for a bit of fossicking I was devastated by the environmental terrorism and downright bastardry of some scumbags who have dredged large sections. I reported it to the Land and Environment office at Powelly, but it came as no news to them. They told me it's been happening for quite a while and they're asking people for help  - they've even joined local police breath testing to ask people who look to be fossickers to keep their eyes open.. I found some hose today while walking along a pristine creek whose banks were sprayed with debris. I'll report the location when their office opens up after the long weekend. I'm going back for a better look to hopefully find some more of their gear. It makes you sick. I usually sign off with "cheers", but not this time.


Gemstone Discussions / Opulent Oz Opals 2 Ogle
« on: December 14, 2013, 07:38:14 AM »

The link takes you to a basic page with some good info & pics. Has other links as well. What it doesn't have you can google for better photos, such as googling The Black Prince Opal.

Tips and Gadgets / Gemology Tools
« on: October 06, 2013, 05:56:52 PM »
While looking around for gem ID sources, I came across this computer software. It sounds nice in that you type in a range of IDs & then have the database help you settle any doubts. It also does plenty of other stuff.
I am not on commission!  :D

Trip Talk / Vic adventure imminent!
« on: April 22, 2013, 09:58:52 AM »
Hi all. Have just finished my planning for mid-May take off with the van & my fossicking mate. Stopping at Yass, fossicking Grabben Gullen & Wee Jasper. Beechworth next for fossicking around Albury & Eldorado. Ballarat for gold & maybe sapphires. Mortlake stay for the peridot hunt & also the western end of the GOR for Moonlight Beach gems & maybe fossils. Lorne next, mainly for fishing (trout & perch & saltwater fish, too). Yarra Junction for proximity to Powelltown. Sale for Stratford agates & gold in the surrounding area. Cann River, Batemans Bay & Wollongong for the homeward leg in late June.
If any of you, especially locals, know of any likely spots in my van path that would be worth a fossick, please let me know. Am really looking forward to this extended trip. Hoping to do much the same sort of thing next year, but following the Murray, taking my time again.

Ask a "Silly" Question / How do I polish opal?
« on: March 17, 2013, 10:48:09 AM »
Have a jar of Ridge opals (from way back when I was a kid with sharp eyes). Many are chips & flakes, but some are bigger & worth polishing. How do I polish? I mean, what's the detail of the process & what equipment will I need to get - hopefully this equipment will be able to be used more widely, not just for the opal I want to polish.
Looking forward to your guidance.  beers

Gem of the Month / Sapphires 2 Make The Mouth Water
« on: February 27, 2013, 07:26:04 PM »
Here' s a link for some famous Oz biguns ...


Fossicking Locations / Prase
« on: February 07, 2013, 08:04:35 AM »
Reading thru the forum & came across a q from jamo, sept last year about prase locations. Nundle, down the mountain @ hanging rock has a mine where you can get it & nundle has many more minerals on offer in this sweet part of the world.

Trip Talk / Victorian adventure May/June 2013
« on: January 28, 2013, 07:21:31 AM »
Am doing about 6 weeks through the golden triangle staying at beechworth, bendigo, ballarat, using them as bases to explore & fossick surrounding areas each time. Also staying at lorne, looking along beaches (fishing!) & doing some fossicking. Going to mt shadwell as well. On the road home will stay at thomson's river out of sale, then bateman's bay.
If anyone knows of great spots for fossicking or fishing that are pretty much in my van path, please let me know. Am doing a lot of research myself, will report back on my trip late june.

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