Field Trips

Field Trip leaders are present 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 or Gemhunters Haven has sieve sets for sale.

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.

Buy/Hire Fossicking Equipment

You can hire or purchase a range of fossicking equipment from basic sieve sits to advanced lapidary products locally in Glen Innes. Here’s where to start: