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Gem Fest
« on: March 30, 2016, 09:34:53 AM »
Hi Everybody, As you will soon realize I'm new here. Myself, my wife and some friends are thinking of heading to Gem Fest in Q'ld this year and BADLY need some advice on where, what equipment and how to fossick in the area. All advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks Rob


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Re: Gem Fest
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2016, 06:05:26 PM »
G'day Romany,

As far as equipment goes, you will need digging tools - picks, shovels, crowbar and also sieves, wash drums and buckets.

As far as where to dig and how to go about it, there is good info here:

Now, you say that you want to visit at Gemfest time and it is a good time to come here, but be aware that practically all accommodation (including caravan park sites) are booked out well in advance. If you are geared up for bush camping, you won't have any problems finding a spot in various locations around the fields.

If you need any more info about the area please don't hesitate to ask - I'm a local living on the CQ gemfields and happy to help.


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Re: Gem Fest
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2016, 07:08:38 PM »
Romany welcome to ALF.  :)

You will enjoy the Festival.

Just remember to pick up a fossicking permit either in town or online

also maps of fossicking areas 

and watch out for camels crossing the road.  ;D
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