If you are after trying out fossicking then this is the type of place for you. Unless you are an advanced fossicker then you should come here first. Fossicking in creeks means a lot less sapphires since here they have a running mine and this means the dirt you fossick through is from an old river bed and saves you digging down which legally you can only do up to 1m unless in a legal mine like this.
The property is a nice drive from Inverell and the last part through the property is dirt. The road is suited for 4WD but any vehicle can make it as long as you drive slowly.
A small fee allows you to wash dirt for the whole day. There are basic toilets, showers and picnic facilities. Camping is allowed for a small fee. A small water tower supplies the water you need to wash with. For an extra fee you can hire a small motorized wash plant for an hour. The caretaker is always nice and will walk you through how to fossick.
If you dont like doing much work or have a bad back the this might not be for you. The wash material is from a working mine so it does contain a lot of sapphires per cubic meter but you have to get it out of the clay. Buckets and sieves etc are supplied. I recomment you fill a few buckets with wash (dirt from pile) and let them soak for a tad to make removal of the clay easier. All up with a little practice anyone can fossick for sapphires here.
What you find you keep....fossicking through the pile of dirt is hit and miss. Some people believe digging the top is the best since its at the bottom of the truck then it is delivered from the mine...some say it makes little difference as its all stuck in big clumps of clay...whatever your secret is please respect a shovel sticking in dirt when you see it...this means someone else is digging there. Nothing annoys more than digging an area and then having someone else go to your hole.
If you have kids then keep them away from other peoples holes. Speckling is when you try and find a sapphire with the nakes eye in situ....again there is nothing worse than a little kid finding a sapphire in a hole that you are digging.
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