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Newbie heading for Northern NSW mid December
« on: December 04, 2017, 06:01:03 AM »
Hi, Everybody,
Well, I am at last about to embark on my first gem fossicking trip and looking forward to it enthusiastically. I am elderly,  travelling alone and plan to start at one of the sites offering guidance to beginners such as Billabong Blue or Seven Oaks and then take it from there. I will be camping to save costs and would like to visit as many sites and get as much experience as I can in the month or so available to me.
So, any hints .or helpful comments from any of you experienced fossickers out there would be very much appreciated. If any locals or visitors at the time .of my visit would be interested in giving me some help that would be fantastic.
Maybe I will see some of you hard at it .
Merry Christmas to all.
JohnA

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Re: Newbie heading for Northern NSW mid December
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2017, 12:42:32 PM »
Hi John,

Have fun!  The area around Inverell is a good place to start with some easy, safe trips.  Do a search using the search function here and it will bring up some old threads which save a lot of time.  There is Stannifer just outside of Inverell, Tingha Sands is also easy and good, Staggy Creek, and then Billabong Blue is a better set up than Seven Oaks especially if you are older (they provide sieves on stands etc that are a LOT easier on the back!). 

There are a few fossicking reserves out of Glen Innes but very limited and often hard work to find much as many of them have been fairly worked over.  Others may choose to disagree - I'll be curious to see.

Torrington is great but I wouldn't recommend going in there yourself as quite remote (no mobile reception) and very possible to get lost.  But the Mineral Museum at Emmaville is exceptional.

You can consider also looking around Bingara / Barraba way as well if you want to move away from Inverell.

If you let people know you are going there is a chance others may offer to join up at different locations and show you a few things and can be safer than going to some places alone (in case of snake bite / injury no matter how much you expect it won't happen).

Have fun!

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Re: Newbie heading for Northern NSW mid December
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2017, 12:43:02 PM »
G-Day JohnA... 7 Oaks is currently Closed... The place is up for Sale and the owners are keen to move on.... There is a New place opened up tho...

  Jelly-bean Junction.... 735 Old Mill Road Stannifer... Shaun..0435 055096...

 Happy Hunting...

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Re: Newbie heading for Northern NSW mid December
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2017, 08:16:08 PM »
Hi Gemster,

I'm going to be up there with the kids in early Jan.  I assume Jelly Bean junction is lots of jelly bean quartz?  Anything else there?

Cheers

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Re: Newbie heading for Northern NSW mid December
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2017, 05:04:07 AM »
Thanks very much, Mr.Sydney and Gemster. Your input very much appreciated.
JohnA

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Re: Newbie heading for Northern NSW mid December
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2017, 09:48:46 PM »
Hi Gemster,

I'm going to be up there with the kids in early Jan.  I assume Jelly Bean junction is lots of jelly bean quartz?  Anything else there?

Cheers

 The 'Lord of Emmaville' knows a bit more than me MrSydney.. ;D....
 As the Post say's... It's in the Topic about "Tingha Gems Caravan Park Closed"...(Which it is NOW OPEN..).. :)

  ''Gemstones... Awesome Quartz Crystals....Sapphire Wash... Field Trips.... and I would presume Jelly-Beans.... :D    call Shaun..0435055096 ''.... Bob found it on Facebook...

 It might pay to Call before as the post did say "Opening Soon"... ;) But I think It's in a Great area and Loads of Potential.. I haven't been yet, but I intend to very soon..
   Shaun Was the Manager of Tingha Gems Caravan Park, and since 'Moving on', has opened-up His Property at Stannifer...
 Lord T also mentioned 'Wings of Eagles' at Emmaville is now open too... ???
Might see you around that time MrSydney... beers

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Re: Newbie heading for Northern NSW mid December
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2017, 08:09:02 AM »
You might like to check out my blog (see below). There are links in the older ones to my New England Minerals You Tube videos. Sorry we don't live up that way now!

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Re: Newbie heading for Northern NSW mid December
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2017, 11:31:43 AM »
Thanks Gemster!

Will give him a call.

I've already blocked out the dates for Minerama next year so hopefully see you there if nothing else! 

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Re: Newbie heading for Northern NSW mid December
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2017, 09:59:56 PM »
G'day John A  beers
If you are going to be in the Emmaville area, I'd be happy to give you some info on the area & show you some of what can be found here. As Mr Sydney suggested, the Museum here has a wealth of knowledge with the staff. You may even be lucky to catch up with Steve who owns the Emmaville Emerald Mine & Geology Centre.
Cheers,
Bob  beers

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Re: Newbie heading for Northern NSW mid December
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2018, 08:13:16 PM »
Thanks very much,Lord Thunda and sorry for the late response to your generous offer. Unfortunately, I missed your post at the time or I would gladly have got in touch.

I have now returned home (to Vietnam) with my tail between my legs after doing it tough through the mid-late December heat. I camped - in glorious solitude - at Billabong Blue for a fortnight and never really got off the ground as far as finding "wild" stones is concerned in spite of generous guidance from Bill and Simon of that location I also tried other locations in that general area but never quite knew what exactly I should be doing. Got a number of stones from Bill's heap but was disappointed not to be able to get beyond that. I was a little surprised at the almost total lack of other fossickers in the area but in view of the conditions I guess that was to be expected.

Anyway, thanks again and all the best.

Cheers,

John A

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Re: Newbie heading for Northern NSW mid December
« Reply #10 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.


Cheers,
Bob  beers

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Re: Newbie heading for Northern NSW mid December
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2018, 03:06:44 PM »
Thanks that, Bob,. I'll take you up on it next time I can visit the ares -- which hopefully will be in more forgiving weather.

Cheers,

John A

 

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