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r-macca

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Mooralla Smokey & Geode Hunting
« on: February 17, 2017, 04:30:48 PM »
Hi all!
I'm a newbie to this site however have been a fossicker all my life. So, i'm making my first trip to Mooralla in March (10th-13th) driving over from Adelaide on the 9th. I've read a few feeds on here about the location, do's and do not's, suggested ways to dig etc. I'm wondering if anyone would be there during that time, and or would know of any open excavations someone wouldn't mind me using?

I am aware of the back-fill rule but thought if someone was there (with any knowledge on the area), or has a dig going on near or during that time and would be willing to show me the ropes of the area then that would be amazing!

I'm originally from far north Queensland, currently live in Adelaide, am 23, and have fossicked all over Queensland and begun the search in SA - now wanting to start branching out more.

I appreciate any help or advice and look forward to getting to know and chatting with like minded people!

Thanks all!

Rob

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Re: Mooralla Smokey & Geode Hunting
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 08:43:19 PM »
r-macca


Welcome to the forum. I have just had some friends get back from Moralla. They said there were a few partially opened digs, which you would be able to get in and have a go. The layer where the crystals begin is about a meter or so deep, so if there is a hole already it saves you some digging.


Alternatively you could just spec on the surface as a lot of people miss some.


Good luck.  Please show us some pics of your finds.
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Re: Mooralla Smokey & Geode Hunting
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 09:08:05 PM »
Hi Jamo,

Thanks for the heads up! :)
Just didn't want to use a partially dug pit if it's someone's current digging :)

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Re: Mooralla Smokey & Geode Hunting
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2017, 08:31:12 AM »
Just didn't want to use a partially dug pit if it's someone's current digging :)

Really should be filling your holes back in when finished but that does not always happen.  I think convention is that if you see a bucket left in the hole, that is a sign that it is still being worked and to keep clear.  If it is empty of gear and no one claimed it, then you are ok to work it - as Jamo points out, it can save you some digging.

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Re: Mooralla Smokey & Geode Hunting
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2017, 09:34:20 AM »
Hi Leah,

Thanks for the tip :)

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Re: Mooralla Smokey & Geode Hunting
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2017, 10:54:04 AM »
Hey mate,

Everytime I have gone to Mooralla there was at least three open holes, I think some people don't fill them as they know the shire comes through with heavy machinery and levels the joint every so often.

I have been told by some locals if buckets or shovels are in the hole it's being worked and to stay clear, no buckets or shovels its fair game.

Hope you have fun.

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Re: Mooralla Smokey & Geode Hunting
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2017, 06:21:11 PM »
Hi Rockhopper!
Awesome! Thanks for the heads up :D

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Re: Mooralla Smokey & Geode Hunting
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2017, 07:33:08 AM »
Not probs :)

If there are no holes open and you're not up to digging your own you can spec the surface like others have said you will definitely find crystals or dig a foot or two down into the red clay layer where you can find loose crystals as well.

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