• 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.


Where: Assemble each day in the suitably signed meeting area at the Glen Innes Showgrounds.

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 in front of the pavillions. It is a requirement that each individual and child has completed and signed indemnity form for the duration of Minerama Field Trips.

Field Trip tickets can be bought at Minerama.

Field Trip tickets sell well online and if there are some still available they 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 outside the pavilions at the Showgrounds

When: From 8.00 am – 9.00 am Friday 12, Saturday 13 March
Please allow plenty of time

Cash and Eftpos available

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


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.


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.


What you need for fossicking