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#1

Skinface
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28 February 2021 10:37 pm

Hi guys, I'm currently making my way through outback QLD (staying at Charleville to begin with) and am looking to do some Opal hunting with my wife and kids near Yowah, Quilpie etc. And make our way up North as we go on.

Does anyone have any recommendations on where we can or should go?

Any tips for beginners?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. tongue


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mbasko
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01 March 2021 08:16 am

Some info here:
https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activ … stern-opal


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rodking
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07 March 2021 09:05 am

Go to the Queensland mines department online maps at https://georesglobe.information.qld.gov.au and turn on layers for current and historical claims and leases. The satellite imagery will show workings. Don't fossick on current titles, and you may need to get permission from land holders.

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Moneybox
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07 March 2021 11:06 am

If you can get your hands on a good UV light it will show up the opal at night.


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XLOOX
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07 March 2021 11:45 am

Pretty easy to find colour noodling at Opalton. Checkout by the creek at Opalton International Spaceport (aka the dirt airstrip) smile

Only remains of town is a small caravan park. Basic but friendly with nice display of cut boulder opal.

1 1/2hrs to Lark Quarry Dinosaur Tracks from Winton (mix of dirt & sealed) then about an hour to Opalton (good dirt). Well worth going to Lark Quarry even if dont go to Opalton

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Skinface
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07 March 2021 08:02 pm

Found a little bit of colour, I'll try again in Opalton maybe with a black light.1615107741_20210307_185541.jpg


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07 March 2021 08:05 pm

Good start mate.


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Keen Ken
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07 March 2021 10:10 pm

I'm a mine owner, it makes me see red when I read some of the drivel in these type of posts.
Stick to the gazetted fossicking areas.
Don't go anywhere near current leases or claims.
You definitely need a fossicking licence signed by the property owner to fossick elsewhere, this does not give you permission to venture onto current leases or claims.
Don't go cutting up the roads after rain.
If you "happen" to pass a lease or claim and think you see an opal, leave it alone, it belongs to the lease/claim owner, they just haven't picked it up yet. it might just be that piece might pay his next food bill.

Don't get stuck in a bog, it could be days until someone comes your way.
Property owners take a very dim view of people who "just stop to have a look".
With Bio-security regulations you are required to wash down your vehicle before entering a property to prevent the spread of noxious weeds and diseases.

It's us miners who cop it when gates are not left as they are found or reported to the graziers. You can't just do as you please in the bush.

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Keen Ken
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12 March 2021 01:28 am

By the way, don't believe all the hype of these opal hunter shows. They are mostly staged, Boulder boys are pretty close to reality with Greg and Ash, all the others are dreaming with the outrageous prices they come up with. Weigh up all the costs before you race out west, It took me 17 years to turn a profit, it's not that easy.

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Conan
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12 March 2021 12:09 pm

I've been watching outback opal on 7mate every Tuesday and they must think we are all dummies. There are 2 south african rookie guys fumbling their way around the opal fields and at times finding payable opal in 2 days. What a load of shite. I do agree with Ken Ken that first time opalers need to be aware of property boundaries and the conditions before venturing out.

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Conan
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12 March 2021 12:11 pm

My father was an Opal miner at the ridge until he passed a few years back. He'd be laughing his head off at the rubbish Outback Opal hunter throws up weekly.

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Upside
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12 March 2021 12:43 pm

And careful if you meet a guy called keen ken out there!
lol

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silver
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12 March 2021 01:26 pm

And if you do... well don't look at the ground while you talk to him thumbsup ..... ever ! yikes

(sorry Ken)


What a great day ! ,... " I'll see you in the field ".

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Shep
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12 March 2021 02:01 pm

I did really well at yowah last last year. Or at least I was very happy with what I found.
There are more then enough fossicking areas that there is no need to poach.

Definitely a spot I will go back to

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Dave79
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12 March 2021 02:06 pm

Trilobite app does a great job of showing your gps position in relation to any legal mining tenements in my experience so you know that you're doing the right thing even if the signs may tell you otherwise!


Prospecting must be like fishing, the big one keeps getting away!

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Keen Ken
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12 March 2021 10:59 pm

By all means have a good holiday, have fun, find some opal, there is plenty left in the fossicking areas. Just but do it legally.

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18 March 2021 09:29 pm

Conan wrote:

I've been watching outback opal on 7mate every Tuesday and they must think we are all dummies. There are 2 south african rookie guys fumbling their way around the opal fields and at times finding payable opal in 2 days. What a load of shite. I do agree with Ken Ken that first time opalers need to be aware of property boundaries and the conditions before venturing out.

Next you'll be saying Santa isn't real smile to be fair though the one SA bloke who stayed on (the one who brought the excavator) didn't spot opal for over 5 months according to his own words on the show.

20k for excavator
Heaps in fuel
Accommodation

His Mrs aint gonna be happy.

Surely he gets something from the producers.

Last edited by Bobsugar (18 March 2021 09:34 pm)

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#18

grubstake
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18 March 2021 10:26 pm

Bobsugar wrote:
Conan wrote:

I've been watching outback opal on 7mate every Tuesday and they must think we are all dummies. There are 2 south african rookie guys fumbling their way around the opal fields and at times finding payable opal in 2 days. What a load of shite. I do agree with Ken Ken that first time opalers need to be aware of property boundaries and the conditions before venturing out.

Next you'll be saying Santa isn't real smile to be fair though the one SA bloke who stayed on (the one who brought the excavator) didn't spot opal for over 5 months according to his own words on the show.

20k for excavator
Heaps in fuel
Accommodation

His Mrs aint gonna be happy.

Surely he gets something from the producers.

Plus he trekked across to Mintabie to buy a dud parcel of opal that he imagined he could profitably resell!


Where it is, there it is.

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