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Joined: 05 July 2013
Posts: 13
05 July 2013 09:15 pm

Hi All,

New to your forum and enjoying learning about fossicking. I live in Mt Gambier so go through Western Vic a lot but I would like to go fossicking closer to home. I have enjoyed fossicking around Glen Inness and Inverell but too far for me to go too often! Does anyone know of any creeks etc that hold any decent gems, such as topaz, sapphires etc? I have been up in the Grampians a couple of times with limited success. Would appreciate any pointers. Keep up the good work, lots of good comments here.


gray nomad
Joined: 30 June 2013
Posts: 3
26 July 2013 09:02 pm

Hello Bigbarra

Why not try Mortlake, Western Victoria. It's the "Olivine Capital" of Australia. I know nothing of olivine, but I had a group of fossikers staying in my park and apparently they did quite well.


Joined: 27 January 2013
Posts: 167
26 July 2013 10:02 pm

Don't forget Morella - the Smokey Quartz from there is quite unique. There is also a brachiopod location at Dartmore and you can find fossilised whale bone on the cliffs at Portland. Contact the Mt Gambier Gem Club or the Warrnambool Lapidary Club for info.


Joined: 05 July 2013
Posts: 13
26 July 2013 10:58 pm

Thanks Guys, I'll get in touch with the local gem club here in Mt Gambier. Have been to Morella and will try there again. I believe the creeks around Merino may contain topaz and zircon, so I will try these when winter's over! Do you know where the Brachiopod location near Dartmoor is? It sounds different. I've got some leave in September so I will also definitely try Mortlake, been looking forward to that!

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