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Cabbing and More / Re: Fern for a 50th birthday present
« on: March 08, 2021, 02:26:45 PM »
Very nice Makky. Another example of your Lune River fern.
Have you flat cabbed that piece?
What do you use to drill and countersink the holes? Are they special drills?

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: What does nudling mean
« on: September 29, 2020, 10:20:45 PM »
I always tell people I 'prospect' for gold, 'fossick' for gems and minerals and 'noodle' for opal. Noodling is just walking along and picking or scratching the surface for opal.

Trip Talk / Re: Harts Range Trip June/July 2019
« on: April 27, 2019, 11:06:38 PM »
Entire Valley is on Mt Riddock Station. Contact is 08 89569963, Steve or Bec. There is another number ending in 9720. That's Steves old man Dick who is retired(?). Steve was in his chopper mustering in the valley when we were there last June. We had rung beforehand and caught up with him in the yards. He was pretty cool but had had some probs with fossickers but more so with 4WDers. Good idea to call him before you go and he will tell you the no go areas. We camped under some old sheds towards the kyanite diggings. I could rustle up some photos and coords if you wish to PM me.
There was another member from the previous year that did a great report on his time there. Forgotten his name but some of the old stagers will read this and have his name. I think he is a spec collector from Broken Hill.
Good luck and enjoy.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Metal Detectors
« on: April 27, 2019, 10:22:18 PM »
Hi guys, just wondering whether anybody can recommend an entry level metal detector, I have a son in law, that wants to get into serious gold detecting and was seeking my advise.   I told him it was too hard and he would be better off looking for gem stones,  any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Tinker, I have some experience with detectors but I'm not a hardened prospector by any means. 2 main brands, Garret and Minelab. I believe Garret is USA made and I have not had anything to do with them. Minelab are made in Sth Aust.
I you are after something to play with try an X-Terra or Equinox for under $1000. Apparently quite simple to use but limited in the capabilities.
I did note the word serious in your comments so the above might not fit the bill. If you want to get serious you need at least a GPX4500 for about $3k to $3.5k. I have the next up which is a GPX5000 you can get for around $4k. This was state of the art about 5 years ago until they brought out the GPZ7000. If you're lucky you might get one of those for $7.5k to $8k on gumtree. These are gumtree prices. A new 7000 is about $9.5k from Miners Den. The SDC2300 is quite good for picking up real small Nuggets(?).
Have a look at Miners Den. They are the main outlets for Minelab and I believe they include training with new detectors.
Hope this helps and good luck with your detecting.
PS. It's not that easy (as fossicking). My name on Prospecting Australia is Nugget Virgin. I'll leave you with that thought.

Fossicking Locations / Re: Chinchilla - Miles fossil wood
« on: April 22, 2019, 08:06:37 PM »
Hello all! Really excited about very first fossicking adventure in Australia! Thinking of stopping around Chinchilla and Miles on my way to Kowguran day after tomorrow. I have learnt there are few good spots to find great fossil wood specimens in this area. Does anyone know any further details about the best spots in this area? Would be great to find a good one as my first find in Australia:) Thank you everyone!
Hi Deccan, welcome to the forum. If you go through Miles it's worth stopping at the Pioneer Village on the Brissy side of town. They have some of the best slabs of petrified wood that you will probably ever see. It's a huge display.
As far as collecting your own, I haven't been to the pay sites but as suggested find some out of the way side roads and in particular look in the water runoffs. Also cuttings etc. Good luck with your fossicking, I'm sure you find plenty.

Gemstone Discussions / Re: Gold find 500 metres down in a gold mine WA
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:39:50 PM »
Don't think my detector would have found that one. Lol

Trip Talk / Darwin Parking
« on: June 10, 2018, 08:47:46 PM »
Are there any ALFers in Darwin with a bit of land and maybe a power point to spare. We need to fly back to Brisvegas from Darwin towards the end of July and back in early August and need a home for our car and camper.

Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: The Big Lap (of Oz)
« on: June 03, 2018, 06:53:29 PM »
Hi All, just an update. Got away from Brisvegas a bit later than planned but went OK to Charleville. The Cosmos Centre was interesting even if you are not a star gazer. Never seen so many FLIES as out this way. Sticky little bush buggers.
Made it to Fullerton River. More flies. It is still well sign posted. No fires/max 2 days stay. While I toiled away moving heaven and earth, LOTO sat down and found a honey hole. They were literally rolling out of the soil as she rolled her hand through. Over 4000 carats in one morning, largest 28 carats. I hope most are cutters.
On to Cloncurry and met up with Fullerton. He is a wealth of info and has a lot of interesting rocks. Went to the Sunset Mine and had a great time wandering around and found a variety of minerals. Also spent 1 day at the Smoky location on Crystal Mtn and found a lot of small pretty crystals and sprays.
Headed south to Amethyst Castle. There were a number of diggings both on the  Castle and nearby. We dug and hammered for a couple of days and collected some chevron amethyst which I am hoping will turn out to be good enough to cab. Some was nearly faceting quality.
Then our holiday health problems struck again. LOTO had 2 tears in the retina. A quick drive to Mt Isa, a flight for her and drive for me to Townsville. A weeks R and R in T'ville for check up and a further 3 weeks in Cairns with family which brings us to now. Back to T'ville tomorrow and if all clear on to Mt Isa for a couple of days and on to Harts Range for a shortened couple of weeks.
I've put a couple of photos in my gallery of some of the rocks we collected. If anyone needs more info of locations etc just pm me.

Are there any other ALFers heading to Harts Range in the next couple of weeks? We will be arriving at the Entire Valley about the 12th. Would like to catch up.

Mick and LOTO (Carol)

Fossicking Locations / Re: Wave Hill 2018
« on: May 18, 2018, 08:45:14 PM »
Hi Wallie, unfortunately we won't be that way until August. We intend to spend a bit of time there. Would be interested to know how you went. I think they have prehnite there too. Do you have the USB stick from NT Govt?
Are you still living on the mid West coast? If so would still like to catch up about Nov.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Oxenford jasper
« on: April 09, 2018, 11:52:29 PM »
Hi and welcome Greenmachine. I agree the best way to go would be entry fee and price per kg but Jasper is a low priced stone in most cases. Maybe slice some slabs and go to the markets to see how you go.
With ref to the National park over the back, they are no go areas.

Show off your Gems / Re: Moranbah Diamonds
« on: April 09, 2018, 11:40:26 PM »
I sometimes have trouble telling the difference between Topaz and Quartz when I've got the things in my hand  ::)
From the picture I would have put them in the Topaz pile. Topaz have 4 sided crystals and Qz 6 sided but these are pretty worn.
Apparently Topaz feels cold in the hand.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: can you make a living from fossicking?
« on: April 07, 2018, 03:37:56 PM »
Hi Mechanic,
Welcome to the forum. If you want to make a living off the "ground" you need to be a full time miner and even that is not a given. Just watch Aussie Gold Prospectors.
The majority of people on this forum go fossicking for the escapism, the comradery and enjoyment of doing your own thing. A few sell pieces from time to time but I don't think it is classed as a living.
You will get many hours of relaxation and you never know, you might find something good enough to pay for the fuel for the day.

General Discussion / Where the bloody hell are ya??
« on: March 23, 2018, 04:21:17 PM »
(Apologies to Lara Bingle) I would like to see ALL ALFers update their profile to include their location. I believe this would facilitate more and easier interaction between ALF members when they are travelling to and fro.
With Newbies it would make it more accurate to direct them to nearby ALFers or lapidary clubs.
Leah, perhaps this could be a prerequisite when newbies join?


Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: The Big Lap (of Oz)
« on: March 21, 2018, 02:11:22 PM »
Hey Bucket, Ref your trip to the Cape take a look at my post of Mar 12 about Grawin in 'Lightning Ridge-Inverell Area etc' by Ausdigfam. Not much further out than the Ridge and maybe an interesting alternative. PM me if you have any questions about the Cape. Went there 2 years ago.

General Discussion / Re: First specimen
« on: March 18, 2018, 10:24:48 PM »
Dad took me to Andamooka in the mid 60's. Went down a friends working mine. Can't recall whether we saw anything down there but I remember it was fun going down the shaft. Noodled some potch and a few specs of colour on the surface. Haven't seen them for a while but I was told they are still in the family home back in Whyalla.

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