The Fossickers Way Visitor Guide Volume 1 - Page 18

Glen Innes REDDESTONE SAPPHIRES Located in the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre, Reddestone Sapphires is a family owned retail outlet with a long history in the local sapphire game. It sells fine cut and polished sapphires in a range of colours, including fine blue, gold, yellow, green, pink and partie. Reddestone sells both loose stones and fine jewellery, and offers other services including cutting and polishing your own rough stones and repairing heirloom jewellery. Even if you’re not in the market to buy, it’s worth calling in to see the truly stunning and high value finished product of that which you’ve waded around creeks and streams to find. Did you know? parks, Washpool The largest confirmed sapphire and Gibraltar found on the Reddestone Creek Range. These offer was a blue weighing 151 Carats pristine wilderness (in the rough), which cut to 47 walking tracks, Carats. In today’s market 4WDing and camping it would realise over opportunities. $700,000 Options for fossicking are plentiful: from the privately run sapphire len fossicking parks, to the Innes is blessed with challenging Kookabookra, World Heritage National suitable for experienced Parks, rich history and fossickers, or Glencoe, where heritage, great food and a young families can try their thriving creative community. luck. It’s little wonder, then, The region is also home to that Glen Innes is home to one of the richest deposits the largest annual fossicking of sapphires in the world, gem and jewellery show in making Glen Innes the perfect NSW, Minerama, which runs destination for fossickers. every year in March. About half-an-hour Minerama attracts gem from Glen Innes are lovers, rockhounds and the neighbouring World outdoor adventurers, and Heritage-listed national includes a three-day program G 18 of guided fossicking field trips to suit both beginner and experienced gem hunters. Glen Innes is also rich in historic buildings, so the selfguided heritage walk around town is recommended. It’s an attractive town with sprawling parklands, set amidst rolling countryside dotted with granite boulders and historic homesteads. Glen Innes is also home of the Australian Standing Stones, the national monument to all Celtic pioneers who settled in Australia. The Australian Celtic Festival runs the first weekend in May each year and celebrates all things Celtic. WHERE TO FOSSICK Three Waters High Country Holidays, sapphires and zircons Head west on the Gwydir Hwy for 1.4km, then turn right on Emmaville Rd. Travel 4km then turn right onto Bullock Mountain Rd. Travel around 9km then turn left at the sign