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Beginners around Sydney for weekend
« on: March 18, 2016, 03:48:31 PM »
Hi folks, I have a wife and 2 teenagers who have expressed an interest in a fossicking weekend around Sydney as the weather cools :-).
I have heard about some fossicking areas near Oberon. Any ideas on which would be best and give some encouragement to us beginners?
I've looked on fossicking maps etc but have no idea exactly where to go to find the sparkly stuff. I have two sets of sieves under the house somewhere.

« Last Edit: March 18, 2016, 03:50:19 PM by bcolwell »


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Re: Beginners around Sydney for weekend
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2016, 04:33:31 PM »
Hi Bruce and welcome to ALF. :)

A group of topics are near this link on page 17 of Fossicking Locations

If lost just search Oberon on this forum.

You will need a fossicking Permit from State Forest NSW for most of the locations which you can get online.
« Last Edit: March 18, 2016, 04:46:07 PM by Jimnyjerry »
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Re: Beginners around Sydney for weekend
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2016, 07:51:29 PM »
Thanks for that
Had a good read, i guess my question is which of the oberon sites will be easier for raw beginners to find something?


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Re: Beginners around Sydney for weekend
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2016, 01:33:49 AM »
You can also fossick South of Sydney from
Garie Beach to Pebbly Beach the other side of Ulladulla
and every beach in between
At Duckmaloi 12ks North-West of Oberon
you will find a very old camp site on the right
hand side of the road, after crossing the river,
the gravels (though hard to find) contain
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Re: Beginners around Sydney for weekend
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2016, 09:44:35 PM »
Hi Bruce,

JimnJerry is a bit of an expert on the Oberon area so listen to him.  There are a number of places a bit out of Oberon you can access and the tourist info centre there can give you a great map.  But as per the forum threads it can be a lot of hard work as most of these areas have been open for a long time.  Some can be better if there has been some heavy water down the creeks to move stuff around but I know that it has been very dry up Oberon way for quite some time.  Still - beautiful area so you'll feel good just getting out there - but set expectations so that what you find is a positive versus feeling let down and them not wanting to go again!  ;D

There are some good quartz crystal locations.  In many cases as per the threads the  main quarry is off limits but there is often state forest around them (pine forest grown for wood in most cases) and you need a permit you can get online and you can fossick around the quarry and find stuff.  Often the dirt from the quarry has been used to lay down the dirt roads - so even walking around and especially looking in the bits of the road eroded by water you can find crystal points.  If you are super keen you can see where there are quartz veins in the quarry and so roughly were they may run out and you can dig there - but that can potentially be a lot of hard work and maybe no pay off.

Otherwise you have to head down toward Goulburn / Crookwell way - which isn't much slower actually - and try Grabben Gully which was a recent thread.  With the run down the express way probably wouldn't take much longer.  Otherwise I'd invest in a long weekend and head up Inverell / Glen Innes way for gemstones if that is what you want.


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Re: Beginners around Sydney for weekend
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2016, 09:47:59 PM »
Yerranderie is another good place, and old silver mining ghost town.
But I'm not sure what it is like since the National Sparks and Wildfires started managing it.
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