WHAT YOU NEED FOR FOSSICKING

 

  • Field Trip leaders are provided to direct and supervise the fossicking trips. It is recommended that inexperienced fossickers have some knowledge prior to venturing out however the Family Fossicking is fully supervised.
  • If you are hiring fossicking equipment book it early to avoid disappointment.
  • Fossicking equipment can be purchased at Minerama from one of our many vendors and the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre has sieve sets for sale.

FIELD TRIP DEPARTURES

Where: Assemble each day in the suitably signed meeting area behind the Glen Innes and District Services Club off Lang Street to meet your trip leaders. They will brief you about when you’ll be departing and in which direction.

When: 9.00 am departure. This is a good time to talk to others over a coffee or breakfast and it would be appreciated if all arrive in plenty of time to depart from 9.00 am.

Indemnity Forms available online and at the blue tent just inside the gates to King George Oval from Services Lane behind the Glen Innes & District Services Club. It is a requirement that each individual and child has completed and signed indemnity form for the duration of Minerama Field Trips. Parents are responsible for signing for their children. These are collected and submitted on the spot or can be done in advance.

Field Trip tickets can be bought at Minerama.

Field Trip tickets sell well online and will also be available to purchase in person on the day. That said, it is no guarantee you’ll not miss out as numbers are limited.

Here’s how to buy the tickets on the day:

Where: The blue tent just inside the gates to King George Oval from Services Lane behind the Glen Innes & District Services Club

When: From 8.00 am – 9.00 am Thursday 9, Friday 10, Saturday 11 March
Please allow plenty of time

Cash and Eftpos available

For best results, we suggest you bring the following equipment with you:

FOR SAPPHIRES

You will need to bring a pair of sieves (coarse and fine), shovel (the longer the handle, the better), plastic bottle with lid and/or snaplock bag for your finds, pair of tweezers for picking them out of the concentrate and a bucket.

Optional extras include a long steel probe for locating holes under sand or gravel while a small tin and perhaps a piece of steel wire are excellent for scraping wash out from between boulders where gems have a tendency to get caught. A yabby pump may be useful in sandy type soils.

FOR OTHER MINERALS

A sturdy pick and shovel, garden trowel or fork, work gloves, crowbar, newspaper to wrap your bigger specimens in.

Be prepared for a day out in the bush so wear appropriate clothing, sun protection and take adequate food and water. We suggest good sturdy walking shoes or boots, gumboots, sunhat and sunscreen, insect repellent and a pair of clippers to cut back blackberry bushes or other vegetation that get in the way.

HIRE FOSSICKING EQUIPMENT

What you need for fossicking