My husband and I hope to holiday in the Queensland Sapphire fields and do some fossicking there. This is in central QLD around the towns of Emerald, Sapphire, Anakie and Rubyvale. We don't expect a big find we just want to have some fun looking.
About 140 kms from Alice Springs at Gemtree on the Plenty Highway are the Mud Tank Zircon Fields and apparently it is very easy to find semi precious stones there.
At Mt Hay near Rockhampton you can fossick for thundereggs.
We have not been to any of these places yet but they are on our bucket list.
I'm just totally in LOVE with your pic!
All those wonderful stones, all colours.
I have never been looking for gemstones, so I would not know where to go....I would look on Google myself, as they seem to cover a big area of info....that's if people really are serious.
My brother did do it years ago.
He made some wonderful items for his wife, but it took quite some time.
Grinding down the stones to fit the rings.
He loved every moment!
I haven't been fossicking for years but when I was a child my parents used to to take my sister and I on camping holidays in western NSW during the school holidays. Tooraweenah, near Gilgandra, was a popular spot, as were the famous opal mining settlements of Lightening Ridge and White Cliffs. The stone in which the brightly coloured opal is found is known as potch, and although this is a plain marbly grey colour, it looks gorgeous which polished...especially when mixed with some of the brilliant green and orange colours that are characteristic of opal.