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slippery eel

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Swipers gully
« on: February 20, 2019, 05:34:31 PM »
Hello all.  I recently spent a few days in the stanthorpe area fossicking. I went to swipers gully, was a bit unsure of the area due to some negative posts on this forum about finding nothing. I did find some very nice pieces of smokey quartz that will polish up nicely. I do not know a great deal about topaz (sapphire person) so I may or may not have found a few pieces of champagne coloured topaz or just see through quartz.  Also looked at the local creeks,  but during the drought they are dry algae covered pools I would not put my hand into.  This includes the Severn river.  All in all was ok


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Re: Swipers gully
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2019, 10:24:42 AM »
If the pieces you have are of a champagne colour, they are more than likely citrine/pale smokey quartz. It would be rare to find that colour topaz anywhere that I'm aware of in that area. Not saying it's not, just would be unusual. I've seen some really nice pieces of citrine (my favourite) from Stanthorpe and intend to make it a stop when passing through in the near future.
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Re: Swipers gully
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2019, 12:28:42 PM »
Hi Slippery,

I went down there for a look with the kids when passing through a while back but had no equipment.  I'd be grateful if you would share how / where you found what you did.  Did you dig around the dam?  The gully?  Or was it just found on the surface?  Was it just a quick dig or you put in a half day / full day effort?

Also always great to post a few pics in the gallery under you name - always nice to see but people could also visually check out the champagne coloured pieces you are mentioning.


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Re: Swipers gully
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2019, 05:53:53 PM »
Thanks bucket I believe you are correct citrine it is. I found some rough pieces on the internet that look the same and the cut and polished pieces look terrific thanks for your help.. Mr Sydney if you go to swipers gully there is a track that goes to the left of the big dam near the road.  If you follow it for a hundred metres or so you go past the smaller dam and the track takes a sharp left hand turn.  If you look to your right there you will see the diggings. It is compacted granite gravel sand in most areas and easy digging. No apparent seams or gravel levels you need to get to the stones, they just appear from no where.  Cheers.


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Re: Swipers gully
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2019, 02:06:14 PM »
Thanks Slippery,

I could see where people had dug around the far side of the first dam but probably didn't go as far on as you've indicated so will remember that for next time! 

Don't forget to put a few pictures in the gallery if you have a moment and mention you have done so on the thread!


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