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Fossicking Locations / Re: HELP i need info on mulbring quarry
« on: September 16, 2020, 08:31:24 AM »
If you posted a way to contact yourself I could give you a phone number for the owner,  but I wont do it on line.

Trip Talk / Re: First prospecting journey - Beechworth
« on: June 15, 2020, 10:40:24 PM »
Hi encapsu,
I enjoy a day in the bush specking along Ready creek, but it is a long time since i found any significant stones. The creek needs a good flood to turn over the gravel!
However, while in the district, you should visit the old Eldorado gold dredge. Also Eldorado has a small museum and amongst their displays is a collection of stones found in the creek.  Also, the Burke Museum in Beechworth has a much larger and very interesting display of local stones, including varieties of quartz and interesting agates. These displays would help you to know what you are looking for. I suggest that you take a spray bottle to dampen the gravel when you are specking. It is a significant help to make the quartz stand out from the other stones. Any day in the bush is a good day ,even if you don't find a treasure. Happy hunting.

General Discussion / Re: Replacement stones for ring
« on: August 01, 2019, 10:10:37 PM »
Thank you to everyone.  I will hand on your advice. I haven't seen the ring but was contacted because the family know I am a keen fossicker and rock polisher but I know nothing about jewellery and stone sizing to fit into a setting. I understand the ring is an antique, bought at a market in Europe just because they liked it, but the owners are unsure what the “red Stones” are.
Thanks again,

General Discussion / Broome earthquake
« on: July 15, 2019, 09:14:26 PM »
We are in the process of doing the “big trip”around Oz. Yesterday we pulled into the Woolies Servo in Broome and just as the hose was inserted into the car everything started shudder. We wondered what we had triggered!
The earth moved under our feet!

General Discussion / Replacement stones for ring
« on: July 15, 2019, 08:25:30 PM »
I have a relative who lives on the Sunshine Coast Qld who would like to contact some one who could supply/ facet 3 replacement “red stones” for a ring. Does anyone have a contact who may be interested or information about where she should go?

Fossicking Locations / Re: Clear Creek
« on: June 13, 2019, 09:25:40 PM »
Go to Google Earth and find Eldorado Vic. Follow Reedy Creek upstream towards Woolshed Falls. [size=78%]You will see Clear Creek on your left hand side as you move upstream. There is a track that “sort of” follows the stream direction.[/size]
[/size][size=78%]Hope that helps,[/size]

Fossicking Locations / Re: Fossicking contacts for Bellata
« on: May 08, 2019, 07:31:28 PM »
We have spent the last few days fossicking around Bellata. (Car trouble kept us in the area longer than we had planned). Rain was forecast and many farmers were frantically preparing and sowing their fields, just in time before it arrived. The rain washed the dusty road side gravels uncovering some excellent agates and petrified wood. The best times to fossick are bright sunshine after a shower and walking towards the sun when it is low on the horizon and shining through translucent stones, especially damp ones.
Palmeston Quarry, on the cemetery road has a number of contact numbers on the locked gate. After ringing the mobile number we have always been given permission to walk in. The contact person also always tell us that it hasnt been worked recently and it has been cleaned out, but there is always something to find, you just need to look a little harder and longer.

The 2019 fossicking season is just beginning!! We have left Victoria and are heading north.

I am an avid reader of the posts on this forum. Thank you to the regular and occasional contributors who provide so much pleasure and information.


Fossicking Locations / Re: Devils rock Tyalgum
« on: July 04, 2018, 08:02:53 PM »
Hi Rooky Rockhound,
You can find chalcedony, from walnut to fist- sized, in the creeks around Tyalgum. On a sunny day look for white "nodules" in the shallow water. Look on the creek banks when the sun comes out after a shower (or use a spray bottle). The dampness makes them stand out from the other grey rocks. The chalcedony varies from white, to yellowish, to greenish stained.
Good hunting,

Location of the Month / Re: NSW - Hogarth Range
« on: November 26, 2017, 06:23:50 PM »
Hi Gemster,
" Profitable", as in meaning productive and successful, not money making! I have never sold a stone in my life, in fact its a costly hobby but it takes us to places that we would otherwise not visit and we meet interesting and wonderful people.
Yes, mangoes should be available right now and it would be a great time to visit.

Location of the Month / Re: NSW - Hogarth Range
« on: November 26, 2017, 08:59:33 AM »
My husband and I went there about the end of May this year (2017). We followed the directions and distances we found in previous posts but couldnt find the gate. We stopped at the gate of a mango farmer and found that we had come a little too far and on retracing our steps we found the appropriate entrance, wheel tracks through a gate between tall grass. Once inside the paddock was recognisable from the pictures others have posted on this site. We hunted around for a while, I specked and my husband did a small amount of digging and we found a jar full of small labradorite pieces, nothing big. Since returning home I have put them through the tumbler and they have lots of inclusions, not nearly as good as the material we found at Springsure.
The mango farmer told us which house definitely belonged to Steve and that he probably wasnt home. We left, I think it was $3 each, in the box on his fence.
It was an interesting, but not particularly profitable, fossicking day. You should go to the area while the mango session is on, that would make it worth while!

Happy fossicking,

Fossicking Locations / Norseman fossicking site
« on: August 12, 2017, 09:23:15 PM »
Hi All,
Currently we are in Norseman WA. This post is just to let everyone know that the fossicking site for agates etc. that was accessed by paying a fee and getting a mud map at the Norseman Information Centre is NO longer available.[size=78%] According to the lady at the information centre it is the same old story - inappropriate useage, so the owner has closed the site down.[/size]
There is still a public fossicking area available about 11km from town but the material does not have the quality of the other site.
Happy fossicking.

Hi Snowman and others,
We will be in Kalgoolie in a few days time. I'm wondering if a trip west to Yellowdine Lake is worth the kilometres. I would like to get some gem quality smokey and/ or clear quartz if it can be found, but it's a fair way to go on a wild goose chase if its only common milky or translucent quartz. Can  I ask, from your experience, would it be worth the trip?

General Discussion / Re: LOL cats and attack kitten
« on: August 05, 2017, 08:08:40 PM »
Hi All,
My husband and I are doing the Grey Nomad thing and a while ago we passed through Fitzroy Crossing. While waiting in the rotunda for the boat ride I looked through several booklets on a table. One was promoting better health for indigenous people by eating more bush tucker (rather than take away) and had a number of suggested recipes. Along with traditional bush tucker the recipe that really caught my attention was for Bush Pussy. It was said to not only to be good food,  but also to improve the environment!
Happy hunting,

Trip Talk / Caring for fossicking sites
« on: April 20, 2017, 08:14:11 PM »
Hi Forum Friends,
My husband and I spent Easter Sunday , Monday, and Tuesday at Kookabookra, travelling out from Guyra each day. The water was a little higher than when we have been there previously and on Tuesday it rose more than 20cms over the period of the day. By the afternoon my morning sieving pile was inundated, obviously from rain overnight further up in the catchment.
People camping in the area while we were there left their campsites in pristine condition. However, there was a campsite that had been vacated before we arrived which had[size=78%] drink bottles  left buried in the sand, crushed beer can, parts of food wrappers  scattered about and worst of all, a  toilet paper roll and used toilet paper decorating the grass and shrubs. [/size]
[size=78%]The environment is full of animal dung and nature can handle an extra human contribution, especially if a shovel is put to good use. Toilet paper is a different matter! Even if buried animals and erosion tend to uncover it and it flutters around for a long time. As a Grey Nomad I am deeply distressed by the number of beautiful areas of Australia that are festooned with toilet paper. Surely people can place it in a  plastic bag and burn it in their campfire or take it with them and place it in the garbage.[/size]
[size=78%]I took out a plastic supermarket bag of somebody else's rubbish to dispose of thoughtfully. [/size][size=78%]By the way, we did find some beautiful quartz jelly beans and a little topaz. [/size]

Fossicking Locations / Re: Beechworth/Eldorado
« on: February 16, 2017, 11:03:42 PM »
I suggest that you take a large spray bottle and a rake. Spray water over the gravel beds and dampen the stones to look for clear or smokey quartz and use the rake to stir and clear the gravel in the shallow water in the creek. You may also find small agates.
Good luck

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