Fossicking

Inverell is famous for its beautiful sapphires, quartz crystals, and gemstones.

You can try your hand at finding your own fortune with a variety of places to fossick, each forged within scenic bush settings. Many places also provide opportunities for camping, bush walking, and bird watching, allowing the whole family to discover the true tranquillity of an Australian country site


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7 Oaks Sapphire Fossicking & Bush Camping

Fossicking

Located at Frazers Creek, visitors can fossick along the creek or use the sapphire wash provided. Their camp sites are in a true bush setting, together with birdwatching, bush walking or just kicking back to enjoy the true Australian country site, there is something here for the whole family. Fees apply. View 7 Oaks Sapphire Fossicking Website for more information.

Contact Details:

38 Rickeys Lane, Inverell (Turn 19kms from Inverell off Swanbrook Road)Ph: (02) 6725 1582

Billabong Blue Sapphire Fossicking Park & Bush Camping

Try your luck at fossicking on Frazers Creek or with the sapphire wash provided together with equipment and guidance. Bush camping is also available onsite. Bus tours and larger groups can be catered for. Fees apply.

Contact Details:

2479 Kings Plains Road, InverellOpen: 9:00am - 4:00pm everyday including public holidays (expect Christmas and Boxing Day), weather permitting.Ph: (02) 6725 1798

Nullamanna Fossicking Area

Free designated sapphire fossicking site open to the public. The alluvial sapphires are the easiest to find and its best to start in and around a creek bed.

Contact Details:

Frazers Creek (Nullamanna is 20km north of Inverell)Ph: (02) 6728 8161

Sapphire Fossicking Area

Free designated sapphire fossicking site open to the public. Dont be afraid to get dirty, dress appropriately, take a hat and sunscreen and be prepared for a little work.

Contact Details:

Pindaroi Lane, Bukkulla (43km north of Inverell)Ph: (02) 6728 8161

Staggy Creek Fossicking Area

The districts rich volcanic soils can offer other gems and minerals. One such gem, is the amazing Diamond found near Copeton Dam, the Staggy Creek Fossicking Area provides a site where you can look for the Diamonds together with Black Tourmaline and Quartz. This is a rough dry area 28km from Inverell, you can take your water or dry sieve.

Contact Details:

Copeton Dam Road (24km from the turn off Copeton Dam from Inverell)Ph: (02) 6728 8161

Stannifer Creek Fossicking Area

Travelling south to Tingha you will drive into a sandy granite area. The area offers the opportunity to fossick for many different types of Quartz Crystals, including Clear, Smokey, Rutilated Quartz and Yellow Citrine. Visit the creek crossing at Stannifer to find these gems.

Contact Details:

8km on the Old Mill Road, TinghaPh: (02) 6728 8161

Tingha Sand Fossicking

This area offers the opportunity to fossick for many different types of Quartz Crystals, including Clear, Smokey, Rutilated Quartz and Yelllow Citrine. Fees apply.

Contact Details:

3.5km on the Howell Road, TinghaPh: (02) 6723 3523

Wallangra Fossicking Area

Wallangra located north of Inverell has an area near the hall where you can hunt for Black Tourmaline in Quartz, once again this is a dry fossicking area.

Contact Details:

Wallangra Hall, Wallangra (65km north of Inverell)Ph: (02) 6728 8161

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