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Title: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: jasonr on September 17, 2015, 10:13:20 PM
Hi everyone ...


Off to Ewingar this weekend .. Finally :)


18wedding anniversary. And it was my turn to choose holiday weekend.

Heading down Saturday staying at Drake then through to Ewingar on Sunday.
So hopefully tracks and things into Ewingar creek and the Bulldog diggings haven't turned to mud.
Maybe someone could chime in there regarding likely conditions through past the forestry camp through to Ewingar Creek ??
We will have an Mitsi Outlander SUV, and it aint no Navara :)


Also my wife and son will be there so how  prevalent are  things like ticks, leeches and snakes going to be like at this time of year.
Will take Deet though. :) and mongoose.

The targets will be smokeys, quartz, amethyst and may even have a quick pan of some bedrock wash/gravels for the gold.
Hoping to find the pegmatite and fingers crossed, some decent crystal.

Anyone welcome to comment on Ewinger, anything to share please feel free.

Will be posting up pics and report next Monday evening


So looking forward to it. :)


No just to get through this crap weather.




Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Jamo on September 18, 2015, 01:06:17 PM
Thanks Jason. Looking forward to the report of your trip
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: MALACHI on September 18, 2015, 03:54:13 PM
Have a good one Jason, I hope the trip works out well with many splendid crystal finds. I too will be looking forward to reading about your visit to Ewinger. Definitely one of the things in my bucket list.   ;) 8)

Malachi  beers
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Gemster on September 18, 2015, 06:18:08 PM
 :) G-day Jasonr , you will find many things at Ewingar. Leaches and snakes probably yes... not many ticks at the moment, wait till the hot weather hits, then there out. Oh and State Forests running around looking important ::) You need a permit for fossicking in state forests >:(, They "Patrol" Ewingar often  ::) .....Might be a little slippery getting around up there, its raining up there too at the moment...But the goodies are there to be found... have fun that's the main thing...

  Gemster..... beers
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: jasonr on September 19, 2015, 07:09:42 PM
Hi everyone ..

Well we are at Drake and there is a little rain about .. not too much though and the ground around the pub doesnt feel waterlogged at all from previous rain so thats good :)

Staying at the Lunatic Motel (yup that is its name) we just finished a fairly nice meal at the pub ..

Staying here in a room .. 100 bucks a night for the three of us and it has a separate bed room with double bed for us bigguns.

Will be off fairly early tomorrow morning to make the journey to Ewingar ... Will stop at the forestry camp and try to get a few more photos of the place including inside the cabins as I couldn't find any on the net of the actual building interiors.

If not too windy I will release the drone for some aerial photos aswell :)

If anyone else is around feel free to say hi :)
We will be driving a silver Mitsi Outlander.
And knowing me, the one bogged in the mud.

More to follow over the next few days :)

J
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: MakkyBrown on September 19, 2015, 07:53:48 PM
Bogged like this  ;D , got a bit stuck one night trying to find a camp on our way home from Harts Range a few months ago, had to winch out.  Have a great w/end Jason looking forward to hearing how you go.
Cheers
Andrew
(http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/gallery/7/medium_5704-190915195023.jpeg) (http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7622)
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Gemster on September 19, 2015, 09:49:13 PM
 ;) Looks like Ewingar State Forest on a good day  ;D..... Shouldn't be that bad if you don't get anymore rain......


    Gemster...... beers
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Jamo on September 20, 2015, 08:33:03 AM
;) Looks like Ewingar State Forest on a good day  ;D ..... Shouldn't be that bad if you don't get anymore rain......
   Gemster...... beers
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Any day fossicking is a 'good day' regardless of the weather. A bad day fossicking is better than a good day at work!  ;)
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: cams7 on September 20, 2015, 01:38:30 PM
Good luck jasonr I was almost about to head down this avo but I need a new spare tyre for the truck and don't want to get stuck on any of the tracks out there. Been there done that, not fun lol. Not because of a flat tyre but a tree that fell on the track and trapped us in. What made things really suck was the lack of an axe and chainsaw, not to mention the 3 hr walk back to the forestry camp from rorys rd in the windy cold dark and mud. That's the only place we could get phone reception to call a mate to save us lol. Now Top that all off with a sleepless night because rats wouldn't let us sleep in there shed lol they jumped on our beds every 15 mins or so just had to keep kicking them off, the misses didn't like it when one jumped on her head either. Lol. But in the morning after clearing the log we turned the car around and went back down the track fossicking. I guess nothing will stop us lol.
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Gemster on September 20, 2015, 02:50:54 PM
 ;D Those "Rats" you talk about are a native bush marsupial.. We call them "bush rats".... Not your domestic pest rat.... Oh and they love plastic/vinyl (air beds), tyres, mouldings on cars and plastic camp plates.   >:(  >:(
Lovely little @#$!^'s but cute as......  :D

and yes any day fossicking is better than a day of work.. or a day at home.....


    Gemster..... beers
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: jasonr on September 23, 2015, 02:12:20 PM
Well that was fun ... :)
Will go through photos and post full report soon ..

The stay at the Lunatic motel in Drake was disappointing.
The room we stayed in was clean and comfortable. Beds were good and linen was provided at no extra  cost.
Wasn't self contained as described by the lady over the phone. A jug, toaster and a few plates. Had a couple of cereal boxes to choose from for breakfast but no milk.
Fridge seals were all ripped as well.
Tried to get a can opener of the lady at pub and it seemed like a big mission for her .. Firstly said she didnt have one, we said "a commercial kitchen without a can opener?" which resulted in a quick memory spark and a can opener.
Of extra concern was the fact a door between our room and the next door room wasn't locked, nor was the lady able to lock it. In-fact the response was just push the bed up against it as a builder was going to fix it soon. She also mentioned the people staying in the next room were good people so nothing to worry about. (
I would imagine this is done on purpose to funnel people across to the pub for meals that I thought were over priced and fairly comparable to the average pub meal. Was pleased i didn't pay $25 plus for a t-bone steak as i saw someone else buy on and it was literally 1 cm thick.
I specifically wanted a self contained room with a stove or at the very least an electric fry pan .. as it was our 18th Wedding anniversary and i had a couple of nice and expensive eye fillet steaks to cook to celebrate. 
Anyway as it turned out the guys across the road in the community/info center heard our predicament as we were looking for a rest area with a BBQ so we could at least still have our steaks.
None were around close by so they let us use their BBQ even after the had closed for the day. They just moved it out the back to a covered area, and supplied gas and cooking utensils.... legends :)
If you ever go through Drake stop there and get a coffee .. and some of the home made ice-cream .... fantastic :) (Drake community and info center) (Not the pub)

Anyway enough of the accommodation, I guess you get what you pay for.

Onwards to Ewingar state forest .. :)

Roads in are good .. sealed most of the way, and once you are in the park its a fairly hard packed forestry track .. more sandy than muddy. I dare say any vehicle would be able to get to the Forestry Camp in dry or even damp weather quite safely.

The camp itself would only be for the hardened "sleep under the stars" type camper. See photos coming soon.

Carrying on to Rorys road was the same .. hard pack forest track, wide enough for  forestry vehicles etc.
However, completely different story when turning in Rorys road :)
Just wide enough for the car ... and i might add here this is a standard city SUV .. 4wd but certainly not 4wd as far as clearance goes :)
Went through some fairly deep ruts, although filled with water they weren't muddy or boggy.
Rory track split towards the end and despite the forestry map it did not continue past Ewingar creek. We parked down the left hand fork.
Saw remnants of past campers ... (please take rubbish with you guys)
Anyway I went for a walk down a track and saw access down the fairly steep bank to the stream .. went back to the car and caught the first leech attaching itself to my jeans ... that was in less than 1 minute walking through the bush :) I must say this area of Ewingar, whilst quite dense, is really beautiful rainforest. The creek itself was running and crystal clear water.
All our finds were in the creak and they were quite plentiful .. even found water worn clear quartz crystal very similar to the jellybeans of Stanifer Creek in Inverell.
Found your diggings Cam7 :) recognized the bank from your photo ...
Had a quick dig in one of your existing holes but gave up fairly quickly due to the ease at witch my son was finding nice and big specimens just lying in the creek :) Compared to my finding nothing up on the creek bank digging pegs.

All in all it was a good experience ... including finding the "dream time" lantern in one of the forestry camp huts ;)

Will post pics etc probably tonight ..

Cheers Jason R
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Aussie Sapphire on September 23, 2015, 02:23:24 PM
Great report - pity about the accommodation.


I remember doing some holiday work at uni at Drake back in 1987. The deal was me and a couple of friends did not get paid but accommodation and food was provided by the PhD student doing the research (on rat kangaroos) and we crossed a couple weeks of prac work off our list.  We did not realise he was vegetarian though which was a bit of a challenge for 3 pretty carnivorous Rural Sci uni students.  The rat kangaroos we were catching were starting to look almost tempting after 2 weeks of lentil stew.


Fun job but there was no pub at Drake back then - we had to resort to microwaved meat pies from the General Store on a couple of occasions. No community centre either - just the General Store.  So it must have grown just a little bit in the past few decades.


cheers
leah





Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Gemster on September 23, 2015, 05:58:10 PM
  beers Jasonr....Welcome To Drake. :D... unfortunately Drake like many a country town is slowly dying... No work, No doctors, No this and No that... most of the remaining youth have nothing to do, most move to the larger areas in the hope of work.... so no turnaround of people...=town slowly dies......
 I think the name of your ''motel'' is a suitable name for a B grade Horror movie... Driven through Drake too many times but have Never stoped and proberly never will....
Sorry Drake  :-*
  Welcome to Ewingar...Leach paradise... nothing like a leach or 5 in your socks... you think you are bleeding to death ;D... bit of pepper and watch them run off you ;)
 Ewingar roads  are quite deceiving... a little rain and your nice sandy road turns into a lovely type of grease that's very hard to get out of at times... I know that forests have been doing a bit of work up there..... probably  in prep to hand it over to Nat parks..... its got some of the best Rainforest in Aust. The area south of Ewingar around the old Gold mining area of Soffala(spell check) is pristine...
 The Forestry Camp ::)   well best bet is just keep going up the mountain....
 too many  ''Strange'' things or should I say 'Strange People' around there... possible Actors?
 BUT a great place for a fossick that's for sure... as you found out Jason it has its rewards....


  Gemster....... beers
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: MakkyBrown on September 23, 2015, 07:05:13 PM
Great read Jasonr, looking forward to the pics.  beers
Cheers
Andrew
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Jimnyjerry on September 23, 2015, 07:53:31 PM
Looking forward to the pics.  Did see a few pics else where of some nice smokies that came out of there recently.  Still on my to do list.
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: MALACHI on September 23, 2015, 08:38:04 PM
A great read and very well written Jason;  I felt like I was there and shared your experience.  8) ;)  Can't wait to see the pics!   ;D
Perhaps an edited version should be considered for Australian Gold Gem and treasure?   ::)

Malachi  beers
 
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: gammyknee on September 23, 2015, 08:59:18 PM



"The area south of Ewingar around the old Gold mining area of Soffala(spell check) is pristine... -Gemster

The area is Solferino - near Lionsville
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: jasonr on September 23, 2015, 09:02:38 PM
Well some piccies as promised ..
Yet to do some of our haul ... but lets say it includes a water worn smokey thats probably just shy of 1kg :)


(http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/gallery/7/thumb_3538-230915203950.jpeg) (http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7629)


Yup in the right place ... :)


(http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/gallery/7/thumb_3538-230915204110.jpeg) (http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7631)


The main camp kitchen ...


(http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/gallery/7/thumb_3538-230915204158.jpeg) (http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7632)


Inside kitchen


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Another of the cabins with the "lantern" ;)

A
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So this is the main road in past the forestry camp, not too bad going ... until Rorys rd

(http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/gallery/7/thumb_3538-230915204505.jpeg) (http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7635)

But all worthwhile to get to ..

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Ewingar Creek ... photo not too great .. but I put camera down to get stuck into the fossicking :) 

(http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/gallery/7/thumb_3538-230915204634.jpeg) (http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7637)

So this is one of the Pegmatites .. I think :)
Took all of 30 seconds to find as someone else already did the hard work.
I had a quick dig around but realised picking up crystals out of the stream was easier than finding them in the creek banks :)




Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: cams7 on September 23, 2015, 09:58:39 PM
Hay jasonr that sounds like a good way to spend your anniversary I'm glad you had a good time and found some nice stuff ewingar is a awesome place. That is a peg in your photo just need to find a fresh undug peg now. I have only stayed at the forestry camp, its fun. My friends and I set up base in the shed with the lantern and the rats lol. We sleep in the car but now I have a roof top camper I'll  be staying in my roof top hotel ;D
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Gemster on September 23, 2015, 10:27:49 PM
 ::) Hey Gammyknee yes that's the place....oops :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[


   Gemster.... beers
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Gemster on September 23, 2015, 10:58:30 PM
 Cams7 did you happen to 'bump' into the resident ''Crazy guy" in your time up there... Heard they moved him into a nursing home not too long ago.... nice 'Crazy old fella tho ;D

 They have been busy up there.... has been a mess for years up there.. so good to see it looking so neat.. replaced a lot of tin too by the looks of it.... AND Mowed  :o

Jasonr Your story should be sent to Gem & Treasure mag .. and make you $450 as well... for your next trip... ;D   That Bog hole in your pics is a great place to spend the night.. NOT..... know it all too well >:( >:( >:( >:(

  Gemster.... beers
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: cams7 on September 24, 2015, 01:02:46 PM
Cams7 did you happen to 'bump' into the resident ''Crazy guy" in your time up there... Heard they moved him into a nursing home not too long ago.... nice 'Crazy old fella tho ;D

 They have been busy up there.... has been a mess for years up there.. so good to see it looking so neat.. replaced a lot of tin too by the looks of it.... AND Mowed  :o

Jasonr Your story should be sent to Gem & Treasure mag .. and make you $450 as well... for your next trip... ;D   That Bog hole in your pics is a great place to spend the night.. NOT..... know it all too well >:( >:( >:( >:(

  Gemster.... beers

I never met the crazy old guy but i think he was on the side of the road one day giving us the finger on the drive in  on bulldog road lol. But never had the pleasure of meeting him.
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Gemster on September 24, 2015, 02:04:20 PM
 beers Cams7... Yes that sounds like him... nice old guy, lived in the 'camp kitchen' and tried to collect fees for staying there.(grog money I presume) Lol He was ok in the morning but a nightmare at night... He used to wake us up at 3am and tell us our time was up and we must leave .. Funny thing was, he was naked when he woke us up  ???... and in winter too Lol brrr


   Gemster.... beers
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: jasonr on September 24, 2015, 03:26:04 PM
Thank goodness I didn't meet him ... :)

Luckily most of us here are nice people .. Im sure if he woke the wrong person at 3am, in the nude, especially a family with kids, he could have been in a great deal of trouble out there where it is so remote.

Some people wouldn't even consider things like that, things probably beyond his control or understanding, before reacting with serious violence. Regardless of age, or by the sounds of it, a degree of dementia ...

Hope hes ok .. or at least under someones care or families watch.
 
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Gemster on September 24, 2015, 07:20:36 PM
 :D Yes guys not a thing for a family to see that's for sure.... If you yelled at him he would take himself off and go back to bed ::), but the wrong person  who knows..... A Forestry Worker told me he worked for them years ago, and he had no family, so they let him stay on... Sometimes when we went up there, he wasn't there, and the place looked like he hasn't been there for quite some time... Then other times he was there 'Patrolling Ewingar'....  :D The worker I spoke to said he was going into a Home and he will be looked after..... That was about 6 months ago...... God Bless Him  ;)

    Gemster...... beers
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Charles on August 27, 2020, 03:17:19 PM
Forestry have now taken down the main hut (shame) and the water tank (regrettably), but a small hut (out of 3 that used to be there) was left with a fireplace, and a dunny. 20 years ago the place was infested by Yowies. They would come around at night, pinch all the food out of your esky and drink your beer. Back in 1905 the gold was sluiced at Rae's Point on the Creek. That is where most of the smokey quartz is also
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Jimnyjerry on August 27, 2020, 04:59:26 PM
and Ewingar S F  still closed  :(
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Gemster on August 27, 2020, 05:24:20 PM
Yes its still closed....

 Gemster...
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Barry Simiana on August 30, 2020, 01:13:43 PM
Dunno. was there a month or so ago and we got thru to the Lismore Clubs wash station. Elkhorn Road is still open and so are most of the others. Proll going back up next weekend so will try to report back.

Baz
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: MrSydney on August 31, 2020, 11:42:18 AM
Thanks for the good detail - I'd hoped to go there last October but the bushfires started!

Looking forward to some pictures of what you got.

So it was generally fine for kids around 10 & 12 to speck around?

Many leeches in the creek or mainly in the bush?

Cheers
Title: Re: OK .. Headed to Ewingar SF this weekend :)
Post by: Charles on August 31, 2020, 12:25:44 PM
there is a YouTube video of a family with 2 young boys which seems to suggest that there is a huge log over the Bulldog (up) road, so come up through Ewingar village. back in 2008 I used to go up in my old Ford Station Wagon. And even took it along the main drag which loops back to Lionsville, took one look at Washpool Creek and said nah! so headed back to camp in one of the old huts. if you have kids go to the bridge over Elkhorn Road, take your togs in summer, lie in the ice cold water (your bath for the day). Apparently smokeys are still coming out of this easy location. Most of the Lapidary clubs knew Rae's Point- it is at the end of a 200metre walking from the main drag, there used to be am old miner's hut there. intrepid Clubbers kept the track in reasonably walkable condition by ploughing in with their 4 wheel drives, but the walkin track may now be overgrown. They took smokeys out by the bucket load. The only "accommodation" in the area is the Lunatic "Motel" (name after Lunatic, the raging gold town 1870-1880); Lunatic is located up Chevron Hills Road from Drake, over Spankers Creek, past Madman's Gully; used to be 13 hotels at Lunatic in its days, today only shafts and ghosts