FOSSICKING FIELD TRIPS

 
 

2019 Field Trips will be added to this page when available.

All fossicking field trips are “tag-along”. Bring all your own equipment, food and water, sunscreen etc and a happy day will be had by all. Strictly no alcohol is to be consumed prior to or during the field trips. Please fill your holes at the end of the day. Pets are not permitted on the fossicking field trips. Due to the sites being out in the field most do not have amenities.

All field trips depart from the carpark behind the Glen Innes and District Services Club from 9.00am.

Fossicking Field Trips 2018

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Thursday March 8

Field Trip 1: Emmaville Emerald Mine

Approx 52 kms. This is an old Emerald Mine being developed by the owner including the establishment of a Geology Centre a short distance just north of Emmaville off the Gulf Road. After a short briefing in Glen Innes travel out to Emmaville (42km) and wait in front of the Emmaville Mining Museum in Moore St for your Tour Leader whom you will follow out to the site. Again this is private property and it is essential that the rights of the owner are respected and that entry is not gained until directed by your trip leader. Fossick to find emeralds and traces of fluorite (both green and purple) and tin crystals.

No amenities available.

Field Trip 2: Tingha Sands

Max number on trip 20. Approx 78kms After a short briefing in the carpark behind the Services Club the group will proceed in convoy. This is a “sand mining” operation where fossickers are permitted to look through the oversize material for quartz crystals – often rutilated (ie. grass stone).

No amenities available but located close to Tingha.

Field Trip 3: The Oban

4WD only. Max allowed on trip 30.Located approx. 60 kms from Glen Innes. After a short briefing in the carpark behind the Services Club the group will proceed in convoy from Glen Innes to the property near Back Water. Fossick for garnet, quartz, agate, carnelian, chert and perhaps traces of gold.

No amenities available.

Friday March 9

Field Trip 4: Aroona Glen, Glen Elgin

Approx 40 kms this picturesque spot offers a fun day for everyone. After a short briefing in the carpark behind the Services Club the group will proceed in convoy. The water is pristine and the owners take great pride in maintaining the beauty of their property. It is asked that all fossicking be sympathetic to the environment. Fossick for sapphire, zircon, and quartz and perhaps tin and traces of gold. Some sieves supplied.

Amenities available.

Field Trip 5: Yarrow Creek Kingsgate Station

After a short briefing in the carpark behind the Services Club the group will proceed in convoy to a section of Yarrow Creek on Kingsgate Station. Last years’ fossicking trip to this property proved challenging and the coordinators of Minerama field trips 2018 are keen to see what comes out of this area.

No amenities available.

Field Trip 6: Twilight Fossicking

Max 20 Approx 52 kms. This new and interesting trip departs at 1.00 pm from the cordoned-off area behind the Glen Innes Services Club after a short briefing. When all are gathered on the site, Steve Cullen will give a talk about the fossils as found on this property and there will be an opportunity to look for jellybean crystals. The group will then proceed to the old emerald mine to try their luck in the twilight- UV lights will be for sale at the information tent in Glen Innes for $22. Steve has offered to cook a sausage sizzle for an additional fee on the night (estimated to be $5) Covered shoes are mandatory.

No amenities available.

Saturday March 10

Field Trip 7:  Rosemeadow

This trip has been cancelled.

Field Trip 8: Fun Fossicking at Boolabinda

This site is on private property on Bullock Mountain Road fronting the famous Reddestone Creek. Travel out Emmaville Road from Glen Innes to the Bullock Mountain turnoff (6klms). Turn right into Bullock Mountain Road and travel about 11klms (Gravel Road) to the entrance to Boolabinda. Approx. 900m past the entrance grid you will arrive at the Boolabinda Homestead. As this is private property it is essential that the rights of the owner are respected and that entry is not gained until directed by your tour guide. Expect to find sapphire, zircon, black spinel and maybe a hint of topaz.

This Field Trip is for beginners and a family fun day.

Field Trip 9: Crossmaglen

Approx 12 kms. After a short briefing in the carpark behind the Services Club the group will proceed in convoy to the site. Located off the Emmaville Road on Reddestone Creek famous for its sapphire. The property has been made available only to Minerama. Look for sapphire, black spinel, zircon.

Field Trip 10: Glen Elgin

New trip. Approx 45 kms Work in Glen Elgin Creek and fossick and panning for alluvial gold.

After a short briefing in the carpark behind the Services Club the group will proceed in convoy to the site.

No amenities available.

Glen Innes and District Services Club

Rest Point Group

Glen Innes Severn Council

Glen Innes Highlands Tourist Association

Lions Club Glen Innes

ADVENTURE GROUP

NBN

Supported by the NSW Government