The best Queensland fossicking site for agates is undoubtedly the Agate Creek area, which is world renowned for agates of superb colours and patterns. Agates occur as banded gemstones of finely-grained microcrystalline quartz. The lovely colourful patterns and banding make this translucent gemstone very unique. Agates can have many distinctive styles and patterns, but each agate is unique and no two agates are the same.
The Agate Creek Fossicking Area was established in 1995 by the then Department of Mines and Energy, with the co-operation of landowners and the Etheridge Shire Council. It’s about 30km from Cobbold Village by gravel road, which is suitable for conventional vehicles, but may be impassable in the wet season. The fossicking area is on a privately-owned property. Camping is not permitted there, but access to the site from Cobbold Village is easy and makes day fossicking trips easy. Then return to Cobbold Village and enjoy our luxurious modern amenities, including McDonalds Deck licensed bar and bistro and infinity swimming pool.
Please note Queensland fossicking for gemstones requires a Fossickers Licence. They can be purchased online https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation Licence holders do not need further permission from the landholder to enter the gazetted fossicking area to fossick.
The Forsayth area is a small part of the Etheridge Goldfields, that was originally opened up by gold prospectors in the late 1800’s. Nowadays the attraction of finding gold, precious gem stones and agates, lures many regular and new visitors to the region. Some of the more popular locations for fossicking in our part of this great state include but are not limited to: Long Gully (gold), Dells Hole (gold), Western Creek (gold) and Agate Creek (agates and thunder eggs). Please note that fees apply at each of these areas, for prospecting, fossicking and bush camping.
So, let’s talk about the shiny precious metal we all hope to find, gold. You might be surprised to hear that gold nuggets of varying sizes are still being located by local and visiting prospectors, in the Forsayth town common areas and on most station properties. Lucky prospectors are using the latest, state-of-the-art metal detectors to unearth this gold, which was missed in the rushes of the early days. There’s also approximately three operational gold mines in the area, producing small amounts of gold.
If you’re planning on incorporating some gold prospecting into your visit and/or stay, please note that you will need to obtain a Queensland fossicking licence. These can be purchased online https://www.qld.gov.au/fossicking
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