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Trip Talk / Re: Newbie heading for Northern NSW mid December
« Last post by Lord_Thunda on January 17, 2018, 07:57:16 PM »
No worries mate. Offer is always there if you get down this way again.

It can get hot up here & the strength of the sun can sometimes catch the unwary. Being higher altitude & closish to the tropics, the intensity can result in sunburn even tho you dont feel that hot. Billabong Blue is a great place to learn as Bill is always ready to help out & explain the various methods to novices. The easiest way to check a new area is to do a few test sieves. If you find colour or spinel, you know it is possible. If you just find nothing then move along a few hundred yards / metres & try again. Of course, looking at areas where you know have had finds in the past comes down to research.

I'm surprised no other fossickers were there as it is a very popular spot. It could have been the weather that kept many away.

If you are free in June, I am running a brand new Gem Festival for charity called Gemorama. With the responses so far I would say it will be very well supported. I run a Facebook page for the event which will have heaps of info & pics.

Bob  beers
Gemstone Discussions / Re: Rock Crystal/Quartz Crystal
« Last post by Tailor marc on January 17, 2018, 07:19:58 PM »
can anyone tell me where you can find Rock Crystal/Quartz Crystal in Western Australia. Is there anywhere not to far from Perth? Like a days drive. saw some crystals and would love to find some. :)

Toodyay if thats close enough...
Tell Us About Yourself / Re: hello
« Last post by Philip on January 17, 2018, 03:55:33 PM »
Hi Collene

I used to be a member of the Essendon lapidary club and can highly recommend it.  Malachi (on here) is an active member of the club.

Hopefully we will see you at Powelltown in Feb!


Tell Us About Yourself / Re: hello
« Last post by Bucket on January 17, 2018, 12:47:21 PM »
Hi Collene and welcome. There are a couple of Essendon members here, I'm sure they'll make themselves known to you. I've answered your query re Powelltown, it can be a nice relatively easy place to fossick, reasonably close to Melbourne and I'll look forward to meeting you at the Powelltown pub.
Trip Talk / Re: ALFers trip to Powelltown 17 Feb, 2018
« Last post by Bucket on January 17, 2018, 12:43:36 PM »
Hi Collene, it should be fine unless you've got a sports car that's very low to the ground. I've been in there before with a standard XR6 Falcon with no problems. If we get a lot of rain you might just have to park on the side of the road other than the carpark area, which is only 40 metres away from each other, there's a steepish pinch that sometimes gets slippery.
Trip Talk / Re: ALFers trip to Powelltown 17 Feb, 2018
« Last post by Collene on January 17, 2018, 12:33:02 PM »
Hi all.

Another newbie here interested in coming along on this trip.
Can you tell me if a 2WD car is ok to get to this location?  I don't have a 4WD.

Tell Us About Yourself / Re: hello
« Last post by Collene on January 17, 2018, 12:11:12 PM »
Hi, and thanks.  I'll check that thread out now.
Tell Us About Yourself / Re: hello
« Last post by MrSydney on January 17, 2018, 09:37:46 AM »
Hi Collene,

Welcome to the forums!  You'll find it a friendly place and there are quite a few Victorian members.  Unfortunately I am not one of them but you should get a response over the next few days.

FYI a few of the members are organising a fossicking trip to Powelltown for February and you can find that under the 'Trip Talk' section.  It is a great way to learn talking to some of the old hands and going out with them on a trip.

Have fun!

Trip Talk / Re: Fossicking Cloncurry
« Last post by Gemster on January 16, 2018, 10:05:41 PM »
I think you will find the Amethyst Castle is Closed to Fossickers now... There is a mining co that is going to mine the area soon.... Fullerton might know a bit more info...

 Gemster... beers
Trip Talk / Re: Fossicking Cloncurry
« Last post by Mouse on January 16, 2018, 08:39:55 PM »
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.
HI ZZ, If you are interested in other than just amethyst, there used to be a locally produced book called Cloncurry Trails which has sightseeing locations, but also some fossicking areas.
You might try Information Centres for the book.
Good luck and let us know how you go.

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