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O'briens Ck
« on: April 28, 2022, 09:25:17 PM »
Hi everyone
Anyone going to O'Briens Ck this year. We're thinking of heading up in July. I'm assuming the caravan park is still operational?

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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2022, 01:47:24 PM »
Hi Claude, yes it is still open.  Will not be up that way till next year. 

Here is the link to the campsite https://www.facebook.com/Obriens-Creek-Campground-1040725016036826/

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.

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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2022, 04:33:16 PM »
As always, thank you very much.


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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2022, 10:06:16 PM »
Hi everyone
Anyone going to O'Briens Ck this year. We're thinking of heading up in July. I'm assuming the caravan park is still operational?
Dom, friends of mine will be up there late June. They are planning to stay at the cara park. I will be joining them at Sapphire around 30June for a few days. Will you be driving north? or flying?
Baaa humbug, not enough fossicking time!

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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2022, 07:53:39 AM »
Hi dom105,


I just left O'briens Crk on the 10th of June after being there for 2.5 weeks and 2.5 weeks at Agate Crk prior to that.
Yes the campground is open and the caretaker Simon is a great bloke, there is lots of water in Elizabeth Crk and it's still in pools in O'briens Crk itself.


When we got there it was just after Easter and the school holidays and apparently people where there and Agate Crk early this years and both places copped a flogging, it was difficult at O'briens to find anywhere that had not been dug, even up Blue Hills rd above the jump ups.


If you go and you don't find anything, there is always the option to visit Roger on the corner of the campground near the amenities block, he always has Topaz and Smokies for sale, he told us he had been there since late March and would probably be there until August. Say hi to him for me we became friendly during our visit to O'briens, he also enjoys a drink around the campfire of a night.


We found a few Small Topaz and a few Smokies, nothing to brag about, It's hard digging and you've just got to be in the right place at the right time. Like when we were there a young bloke that had never been fossicking before and had to ask Roger to show him what he was looking for, Found a 207 carat blue in his first sieve full. You might have better luck than us. Good luck


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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2022, 04:28:06 PM »
Ranger Itchy sorry you did not get a big topaz but I bet you had fun exploring.  :)

Never heard the track up to McDonalds called Blue Hills Rd before. It can be pretty rough as no work has been done on it since 2001 except a tyre dragged along it. These days Blue Hills is still outside the fossicking area and no permissions to access can be granted. The Falls track also has been off limits for a long time.
Cheers,Jerry
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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2022, 08:08:53 AM »
Hi Jimnyjerry,
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[/size]Yes I had fun exploring, but my knees are paying the price for it now!
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[/size]I referred to the track as Blue Hills rd beause at the track on your left that goes to Crystal and Swampy there is a sign that also says Blue Hills Rd for the jump up track.
[/size]I also don't know exactly where blue hills is because it's not marked on my map, same with the Falls, not on my map so if I was outside the designated fossicking area and there are no signs to say so, how would I know?
[/size]Anyway I probably won't be back, been there done that!
[/size]Joints been flogged out by greedy profiteering people!
[/size]And will take another 10 million years to restore to how it used to be!
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[/size]Cheers Ranger Itchy beers
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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2022, 05:40:03 PM »
Hi guys
Just back from Lightning Ridge, thanks for all the information. It will be our first trip up there for probably 4 yrs, so we weren't sure as to what to expect.
Hey Jamo, it's been forever, we'll be up probably the second week in JULY as it's our sons 40th birthday, first week of July and come to think of it, Lesley's as well, I hope someone is still up there by then.

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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2022, 05:41:47 PM »
Hi again Jamo
Sorry I forgot, we'll definitely be driving and probably take the camper.

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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2022, 05:50:54 PM »
Hi all
Just a quick update. We had to cut our trip short and just got back home.
Fossicked for about 5 x half days, one day up top (above jump-ups) and got a handful of stones, nothing to skite about, but we had a lot of fun looking. I'd post a photo but am unsure as to how.
My main problem was the Mazda BT50 which scrapped several times going up and freaked out the missus. Not much room under a BT50, boy I miss the Patrol.
We would have done better but couldn't get where we wanted to go. There has been a lot of digging. When we arrived there would have been at least 50 - 60 vans there and apparently double that the week before (school holidays). Everybody has been watching that new show about fossicking and they think the stones are just lying around waiting to be picked up. I'd love $1 for every time I was asked what a topaz looks like. Anyway, great trip, always have fun, will go again.

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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2022, 10:59:30 PM »
Dom & others
Glad you were able to make it up there. My fossicking was limited to the Rubyvale/ Sapphire area and south of there. Unfortunately got washed out at Sapphire with the wet that went through Qld in early July. Bombed out in looking for Labradorite at Springsure (access to private property now closed). Did have a good time looking for pet. wood further south and even managed to et a couple of bits of fern.
Baaa humbug, not enough fossicking time!

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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2022, 09:34:22 AM »
Thanks for the update Dom and Jamo. I've often wondered about these TV shows showing miners getting stuff nearly every time they go out and the effect that has on the general public fossicking. Jamo, a pity you didn't have time to hang around at Sapphire until the water receded, might have been worthwhile! The update on Springsure is good to know, I had heard rumours but nothing firm. Bloody pity though, sounds like it was relatively easy fossicking.
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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2022, 08:15:40 PM »
Dom & others
Glad you were able to make it up there. My fossicking was limited to the Rubyvale/ Sapphire area and south of there. Unfortunately got washed out at Sapphire with the wet that went through Qld in early July. Bombed out in looking for Labradorite at Springsure (access to private property now closed). Did have a good time looking for pet. wood further south and even managed to et a couple of bits of fern.
Must of just missed you at Sapphire Jamo. I struct it lucky with the weather while I was there. I will try and do a trip report soon. Dug some big holes, best 3 stones with cutter were 12.3, 13.1, and 13.3ct. One probably has a big stone in it the other two will cut 2-3 stones each. Found good stones at TomahawkCrk and Glenalva.

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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2022, 08:18:22 PM »
Thanks for the update Dom and Jamo. I've often wondered about these TV shows showing miners getting stuff nearly every time they go out and the effect that has on the general public fossicking. Jamo, a pity you didn't have time to hang around at Sapphire until the water receded, might have been worthwhile! The update on Springsure is good to know, I had heard rumours but nothing firm. Bloody pity though, sounds like it was relatively easy fossicking.
I can confirm Springsure is closed, lady at the tourist info said she'd only recently found out.

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Re: O'briens Ck
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2022, 09:17:34 PM »

Hi guy's
Forgot to mention that we met a guy at Emerald van park who has a Saphire mine and have been invited back to his place so not totally a waste of time. Had to make a deal though, we go to his mine and fossick for saphires and he comes to ours and fossicks for opal. It's always good to network.


 

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