Gemstones is my hobby. Love gemstone and fossicking (rock Hound). Finding that beautiful Gemstone so exciting, camping out in the bush is so relaxing. doing nothing, North West Qld.
Welcome to my website.
My name is Wendy I have been Fossicking for Gemstones now for just over three years. I did not no nothing about gemstones before that, only visiting jewellery shop and seeing all the pretty Gemstones. I wish I had started this hobby years ago, it is getting harder to go up and down, bending over all the time at my age.
What we do–Where to go
This website I going to tell you about my story What we do ,where we go out looking for gemstones. Tell you first hand where we have gone and for how long. Mostly we go out in the cooler month of the year. It would be nice if we got more holidays. time to fossick.
I live in Queensland. Australia way out west in the bush(middle of Australia).. We are 900klm from the east coast of Queensland. Townsville. Brisbane is around 2400klm from here, so we have a lot of places in between. So Far I fossicking in Queensland , so many places I have not been to fossick, or places I want to go back to, in Queensland. I have been into the Northern Territory for Zircons.
It is not a Holiday.
When we go on holidays, we get on a plane & spend most of our time in airports, shopping centers & motels, three things I hate doing. It is great to have a break away, but you feel so stress and tired when you get back, you need a holiday to get over a holiday.
On other holidays we go fishing in the Northern Territory. 12 hours away, and Karumba in North Queensland. Yes we fish with the crocodiles every where. in our dams we swim with the fresh water crocodiles.
Camping out I love Doing.
Now this is a holiday, a great break from every day life. The worst thing about camping out is the coming home and cleaning and unpacking everything. Nothing like being in the open country, looking up at the stars at night. No TV .Get up nice and early with the birds and go fossicking. and doing nothing.
Equipment you need for fossicking.
Four Wheel Drive.
Most of the places we go too, you need a four wheel drive & you need to know how to drive one. Some of the tracks are very rough, no bitumen roads. We do Not go out on Wet Roads, when it looks like rain.
Over my life time young and old I did pick up pretty rocks. Out here there is a lot of sparkle on the ground. Love the Rocks, stones the different colours the bling. There is a lot of Mica , Quartz ,Peacock Ore, Copper, Agate and Amethyst, so many rock. a lot of them are( leavarite)?.( leave it rite there). Yes their is Gold but I have not found any yet. I do buy it.
My favourite place to go fossicking so far.
Opalton : It is 120kl out side of Winton.
Six hour drive from Home. We always go for a four day weekend. You have to take everything you will need. Food ,water, fuel ect:, there is no shops out there. Nearest shop is Winton a hours drive away. One of the most important thing you have to take is a fly neat for your face. The flies are really bad at Opalton. Having a good fly screen is very important.
In the summer month of the year it is not wise to go out fossicking. The temperature Is 40 degrees plus. Hotter months of the year I spent doing things to my rock/gemstones.. Like Cleaning, cutting, and polishing my gemstones.
Tell your stories.
Love to hear about other people adventure finding gemstones in Australia and Overseas , Where they have been. What they found. Where they camped. I get very excited showing off my gemstones. Would you like gemstones from this area, I will swap and I do sell my Gemstones.
Prospectors Show on TV from America.
Love this show but it goes on and on about the same thing, There must be a lot of money in it, they don’t find much. I will be doing research on other countries gem hunting, later on.
If you Need help with any thing to do with gemstones or would you like to give me some off your advise please leave comments below and make sure you visit my site regularly as I will be updating it with every thing I have been doing over the last three years, gemstonefossicking.com
Happy Fossicking thank you for reading my story. I hope to be able to help people look for that gemstone in Queensland Australia.
Founder of Gemstone And Fossicking