The Fossickers Way Visitor Guide Volume 1 - Page 7

the rules of Fossicking 7 REASONS TO TAKE A FOSSICKING HOLIDAY 1. BEAUTIFUL SCENERY The richest fossicking areas in the region are also some of the prettiest parts of NSW. Fossicking sites are generally located at water sources, near creeks, streams and rivers, and often in pristine wilderness environments. 2. KEEPS THE KIDS BUSY While mum and dad’s idea of a holiday might be camping by a creek and relaxing with a good book and intermittent tea breaks, the kids probably don’t agree. Fossicking keeps them busy while mum and dad are free to either join in or relax. 3. AN AFFORDABLE HOLIDAY A fossicking holiday won’t break the budget. Travel by car and then camp or find affordable local accommodation in the small country towns that service fossicking areas. In many cases, you can also rent gear if you don’t want to buy your own. 4. FIND SOMETHING OF VALUE Fossicking is mostly a game of luck and if yours is good you might just find something of value to either sell or have made into a sentimental piece of bespoke jewellery. 5. GET OFF YOUR SCREENS AND INTO THE GREAT OUTDOORS Fossicking is a great way to engage kids in the natural world and gives them an activity that doesn’t involve a screen. And once they find their first hint of colour, they’ll be hooked. 6. A GREAT GEOLOGY AND HISTORY LESSON Do you know how many millions of years it takes to make a sapphire, or why it is that gold is so often found in creeks, or that Chinese mine shafts were round rather than square so spirits can’t hide in the corners? They say the best way to learn is to do, so help your kids’ education and take them fossicking. 7. QUALITY FAMILY TIME Fossicking is something everyone can enjoy, from young children to older retirees. Enjoy time together as a family while you search for natural wonders. • In NSW you don’t need a permit to fossick (except in state forests), but there are rules and expectations nonetheless that need to be observed for the enjoyment of all involved. Here’s the low down. DO • Use hand tools including a pick, hammer, shovel, sieve, pan, shaker, basin and metal detector • Obtain permission before entering private land • Leave property and gates as you find them • Respect the natural environment • Take all rubbish with you • Leave the ground as you find it – fill in holes with original material DON’T • Use power-operated equipment including jackhammers, dredges, spading tools and explosives • Disturb more than one cubic metre of any soil, rock or other material during any single period of 48 hours • Dig on roadways • Enter private land without permission • Interfere with native wildlife and plant life • Pollute the ground or water • Disturb livestock • Carry firearms or other weapons More information: https://fpos.fcnsw. 7