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Ruby Hill
« on: February 13, 2009, 12:19:57 PM »
Ruby Hill is located approx 20km from Bingara heading towards Barraba on the Fossickers Way. It is a public fossicking area & is sign-posted. The GPS location is 6674888N 56267910E (WGS84). There is a track running around the base of the hill where you can park. In wet weather this track gets a bit boggy.
 
The hill is a grass-covered remnant of a volcanic pipe. In the late 1800's it was reported that there were diamonds & rubies found at this location but it is unlikely to be true. What you can find there are small (blood red) pyrope garnets - they are rarely big enough to cut. They can be found in the top soil (and deeper I assume) on all sides of the hill except the front (when you're facing the hill standing on the main road). The back-left side of the hill is probably the most productive? You could dry sieve but I think bringing some water would be a good idea due to the size of the garnets. You should use a fine sieve. There is a nearby creek (Halls Creek) which may contain water.

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