The Fossickers Way Visitor Guide Volume 1 - Page 6

A holiday OUT of the ordinary HOW TO FOSSICK What you need: A pair of sieves (coarse and fine), a shovel, a bucket, tweezers for picking out gems, a cloth or hessian bag, a plastic container for findings, old clothes, gumboots, sunscreen, fly spray and a first aid kit. Where to look: Sapphires, gold and other gems, such as zircon, black spinel, garnet, quartz and more, can be 6 found in the sides of creeks and in the creek itself. How to fossick: Dig down through the topsoil until you find the gem ‘wash’, a stony gravel which could vary in depth from place to place. Place the coarse sieve on top, fine sieve on the bottom and shovel some wash into the top sieve. Wash this in the creek water, then check all the large stones for a glossy appearance in the top sieve before throwing away those not required. Then wash the contents of the fine sieve separately, removing all debris and silt. Tip the contents onto a cloth or hessian bag and closely inspect for gems. TOP TIP: Equipment can be hired at several points along the Fossickers Way, including private fossicking sites, caravan parks and a number of visitor information centres.