Have you every thought about Sapphire fossicking? Gourmet Getaways is on a bit of a country adventure at the moment. We’re doing some exploring out west! Given that it’s NSW School Holidays we decided to take the opportunity to visit Dubbo Zoo. While en route we’re checking out what the bush has to offer in the way of family fun.
An absolute highlight of our westerly adventure has been Sapphire fossicking at Inverell NSW. From the moment I saw the brochure I knew this was something we had to try! I had no idea if Sapphire fossicking would actually yield gems, but I thought it would be a fabulous experience for the family.
With all the technology kids use today I thought it would be good for them to experience a messy hands on holiday activity. I figured it would also give them an understanding of some of Australia’s geological and prospecting history.
7 Oaks sapphire fossicking is located just 20 km outside of Inverell on the Frazer Creek. We simply followed Swanbrook Road out of Inverell until we reached Rickeys Lane. The 7 Oaks fossicking site is very well signposted.
When we arrived at the address there was a sign that said we should follow the dirt road as they were already fossicking. I love the laid back way of country Australia. With the camper van in tow, we followed the dirt track 2 kilometres or more until we reached the fossicking site.
We were greeted by Dave. Brett asked him where we should park. In true welcoming spirit we were told that right where we were looked fine. I noticed two couples down by the shed sifting dirt intently and washing the sieves in water. There was also another young family that were hard at work going through the sludge.
My best tips for Sapphire fossicking are:
- Allow more time than you think because you will love it!
- Wear your oldest, darkest coloured clothes
- If you’re prone to dry skin bring surgical gloves (my hands got so dry from the silt mud)
- Bring hand cream, sunblock, sun glasses and a hat
- Pack a picnic lunch, it’s a beautiful place to stop and relax
- Pack plenty of water, it’s thirsty work
- Plan to camp if you can and enjoy a beer or a glass of wine at the end of the day