The Fossickers Way Visitor Guide Volume 1 - Page 23

Accommodation & events ACCOMMODATION Looking for accommodation along the Fossickers Way? You’ll find hundreds of listings at Travel In. From caravan parks to boutique hotels, B&Bs to farmstays, you can read reviews and book your ideal accommodation at Travel In. For information on accommodation, food outlets, activities and local characters on the Fossickers Way, head to www.travelin.com.au or ask at a local visitor information centre. REGIONAL EVENTS MINERAMA Held over three big days in Glen Innes in March, the Minerama festival showcases the buried treasures of New England’s Celtic country. Browse over 100 stalls trading in gemstones, fine jewellery, crystals, beads, fossils, mineral specimens, arts, crafts and more, as well as lapidary tools and supplies. There are guided fossicking field trips for all levels, as well as displays and entertainment throughout the event. EMMAVILLE GEMFEST Emmaville Gemfest is held over the long weekend in October each year at Emmaville Caravan Park, and attracts a diverse range of people – from those wanting to fossick for the very first time to highly experienced fossickers. Browse the specimens on sale at the various trader sites and the Emmaville Mining Museum and join in on a number of tag-along field trips. Look forward to finding topaz, tin, emerald, fluorite, aquamarine and gold. INVERELL SAPPHIRE CITY FESTIVAL Held each October, the Inverell Sapphire City Festival has a history stretching back more than 60 years and is run by the community, for the community. The festival encompasses the Gem and Mineral Festival and Lapidary Club Tours, allowing visitors access to areas not usually open to the general public. The 10-day festival is a highlight of the local social calendar with thousands flocking to the poet’s breakfast, street parade and finale evening, complete with Fireworks Spectacular. Festival details can be obtained from Tourism Inverell. NUNDLE GO FOR GOLD The annual Nundle Go For Gold Chinese Easter Festival attracts over 16,000 people and honours the significant role of Chinese and European miners and storekeepers in the development of the Nundle and Hanging Rock townships. The festival includes striking lion and dragon dances, traditional Chinese dance by the multicultural communities, panning for Nundle gold, live music, traditional food stalls, Chinese-themed craft and plenty more activities for families to enjoy. 23