Fossicking is a popular pastime and in the district of Glen Innes, it can be a very rewarding one. Most fossickers would be searching for sapphires but there are many other gemstones found in the district.
For those interested in fossicking, more information can be found at the Visitor Information Centre. The Visitor Information Centre is a good place to start with bookings and maps.
The Fossicking Map is also available at Schmidts Jewellers in the main street along with friendly advice and a selection of local gemstones for sale in case you are not lucky enough to find your own. For some research in advance, we suggest you check out our new Fossicking Information section on our website.
For those looking for a guided tour of a commercial mine and fossicking with a guaranteed find, the “Take a Wee Brek” tag-along tours are ideal – see their website for more information. Fossicking can also be done at their fossicking park in town for those who dont have time for the half day tour – great fun for all (see here for more info on this).
The Minerama website gives information on various fossicking sites and a useful interactive map. Take a look here for a list of interesting places to go fossicking in the Inverell and Glen Innes districts (courtesy of Paul Clacher).
Sapphires are found at the public fossicking reserve at Wellingrove – however, many people try their luck wherever a creek crosses the road. Popular spots include the causeway at the Wellingrove Creek just off the Gwydir Highway and under the Reddestone Creek Bridge on the Emmaville Road (12km from Glen Innes).
Good luck to all who try their luck fossicking around Glen Innes – just remember, there is an awful lot of dirt mixed in with those precious gemstones. You can always visit our online shop at Aussie Sapphire if you want to buy a genuine Reddestone Creek sapphire – the “real deal” without the digging !
cheers for now