Ever since sapphires were discovered in the creek and gullies west of Glen Innes, professional and amateur fossickers have been drawn to the area in search of the deep blue stones for which Glen Innes is famous.
Most of the stones are found in a layer of earth called the wash, which sits between the clay bed and the subsoil. Culverts created by creeks expose the layers of earth, making it easy to dig into the wash.
You don’t need much equipment to go fossicking. Basic gear includes a sieve, a miner’s pick, a scratching blade, a shovel and a bucket. Bring your own or hire your gear in town.
If you’re keen on fossicking, you might like to consider staying right in the main fossicking areas. For all your accommodation information visit the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre Accommodation page.
There are numerous guided field trips for those of you who’d like to try your hand at fossicking. You can get details here. Your guide will show you the techniques used for sapphire fossicking.
If you’re in luck, you’ll find a deep blue Glen Innes sapphire. But your fossicking could also uncover topaz, zircon or other fine gems.