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#1

phantom83
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28 March 2021 12:42 am

Hi All, does anyone know how Sapphire Bend is doing after all the wet weather? Did it get hit with much water - are all the holes filled with water?

I have a few days off coming up and I need to get out for a dig - been locked up for far too long sad

Cheers

Pete

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Kotolos
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28 March 2021 07:22 pm

You should consider going to grabben gullen, I heard it was heavily flooded, maybe mixed up the public fossicking area around the bridge and deposited some more sapphires ! Im going there next week for a few days

Last edited by Kotolos (28 March 2021 07:22 pm)


Go free yourself

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phantom83
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28 March 2021 08:36 pm

Thanks Kotolos, I was wondering if GG was flooded. Does anyone know if the water has dropped yet?

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dan1000
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30 March 2021 08:43 pm

I'm out here for work so popped into Sapphire Bend this arvo for a look, every hole is full of water. The double edged sword of it is that you can't see what you're doing but the digging is a million times easier with soaked ground!

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dan1000
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30 March 2021 08:49 pm

Also, Kotolos, very keen to hear how you go down at GG!! I've only been there a couple of times but am very keen to get back down there soon after all this water clears.

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phantom83
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31 March 2021 01:05 am

Awesome, thanks dan1000, exactly what I wanted to know. I'm going to try and get out on Thursday and will be bringing the waders!

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Conan
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01 April 2021 12:56 am

Does anyone know if the recent rains has affected Blue Hills quarry Oberon as I'm thinking of heading up there soon but don't want to head into a boggy mess.

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dan1000
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01 April 2021 06:49 am

First time I've heard of blue hill, and now after a quick google I'm keen as to get out there!!
To answer your question though I can almost guarantee it's a boggy mess. I went for a drive through Vulcan sf while I was there on Tuesday arvo and everything was soaked and full of water. The small quarry just north of black Springs is a slippery mess, so blue hill will definitely be the same.

BUT as with sapphire bend, if you're game to get in there the digging will never be any easier than it is right now (meaning the clay is soaked so is very easy to dig through)

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Conan
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01 April 2021 11:10 am

Dan

Are the water logged holes you are referring to at the fossicking area near the main sign or the holes up on Sapphire bend road.

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dan1000
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01 April 2021 04:32 pm

I didn't have a good look up sapphire bend road, but the holes at the public area were all full, and every dip in the ground by the side of the road was a puddle so I'd say they'd be much the same

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Nicko98
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05 April 2021 04:36 pm

Dropped in to the bend on Saturday, just about every hole I saw in the forest was full of water. The creek at porters was very high, and the place was the busiest I’ve ever seen it in 6 years of digging there. argh

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06 April 2021 07:44 pm

phantom and dan, I went to grabben gullen last week twice, water level is high but normal no problems its dropped, my two previous holes I was digging next to the creek on the embankment were full of overburden so water must been high enough to dump stuff in them, Anyway I dug nearby and found 25 sapphire and zircon few clear ones and a 16.6ct sapphire!! have a look on gemstones minerals show n tell pg. 80 - contrary to what I've heard others say and on posts, I've had alot and the most success at grabben gullen found lots of stones and many good clear ones


Go free yourself

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phantom83
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07 April 2021 01:44 am

Nice one Kotolos! I haven't managed to get out yet - after reading your post I'm itching even more for a dig soon

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dan1000
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07 April 2021 10:02 am

Hey Kotolos,

That's awesome! I'm actually heading down there today til Friday, so that's filled me with some hope!

It'll be my second crack down there, last time only had 2 hours and had very little success, so I'm hoping this time I have better luck!

Any tips or anything Kotolos would be greatly appreciated!

I'd give you my mobile but not sure on the rules about posting on here?
Cheers,
Dan

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Kotolos
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12 April 2021 12:58 am

Hey dan, replied to you on the other thread 'grabben gullen' and text msg'd you


Go free yourself

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14 April 2021 04:54 pm

Hi

Went out to Blue Hills last week, the pond of water in the quarry is quite large but everywhere else is dry. There are logging no entry signs on the dirt track going in so not sure how long this is going to go on for. Also the road in from Sydney is blocked at Hampton due to rockslides, there is a dirt track that goes through the forest behind Hampton that comes out at the rest area near the corner of Duckmaloi road and Jenolan caves road. The road is rough but 2wd can travel on it. Just be prepared for a bone jarring ride.

Not much to report on finds, just small smokey chips, most of the veins that you can get access to stop at hard rock making digging difficult (almost impossible).

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15 April 2021 08:59 am

Good to know road is blocked. Odd thing is I cannot find any info on current logging closures for the forests. Used to be able to find that info easily.


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Conan
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15 April 2021 11:28 am

I did the same and looked on the forestry site and nothing. I've e-mailed the information centre, so just waiting on a reply.

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