Fullarton River- North Queensland fossicking area for Garnet.
Garnets here are a colour of purple/pink.
Garnet Fossicking: Property Maronan Station. You do not have to get permission , A Fossicking License is required.
The sign for Maronan Station is near a tree.
Turn off is 60 km from Cloncurry, Near the turn off is a large Rest area with toilets.
Good road in to the Garnets.
The road in, is quite good, you do not need a four-wheel drive.
There is signs to tell you where to go to find the garnets.
There are 3 gates you have to open and make sure you shut them.
On your way you will pass red arrows, tells you, you’re going the right way.
The dirt road in is about 20ks in.
As you get to the fossicking Area, you will see the designated area set aside for Camping, this is for two nights stay only.
You are not allowed to light fires, for cooking, gas is the way to go.
Camping Out in The Bush.
When you go Camping Now days, you should be Self Sufficient. That means everything you might need you have. Be sure to carry lots drinking water and Shower water, sufficient fuel for the return journey, and extra food just in case it rains, and you get stuck. The use of a camping toilets is good, hate going camping and there is toilet paper everywhere.
Camels and other animals, the bush is there home. You may be on your own in this location, but sometimes there are animals. Be aware wild Camels, they are in most area in the bush, you stay away from them, they stay away from you. Don’t leave out anything at your camp site, when you go fossicking.
Where to go Fossicking.
Up the hill. From the campgrounds, look directly up where a large, elongated hill will be seen, anywhere along it you will find Garnets. It is this hill that is impregnated with Garnet. Some time you will see tracks up the hill, every time I go, to Fullarton River, it is overgrown, the top is where you find the Garnets, dig along the schists and in between the rows of rocks. You should be able to find lots of Fractured Garnets on the surface also.
The Garnets in this area have a mulberry tinge to their colour. Pink- Purple. The larger ones are desirable, but hard to find. Small ones are great to tumble and use for a lot of different things.
Hard to find Large Garnet
Finding that Large Garnet without Fractures is not easy work.
The Queensland Department of Mines and Energy has designated tracks of land where Gemstones can be found. Many fossickers who have been there previously have dug holes in productive areas. Choose a hole not occupied by others and clean it out or extend the hole leading toward virgin ground. To know if the hole is occupied, it is common practice to leave a bucket or similar in the hole. If you are the only ones there it all yours to dig in.
Dry Sieving , Wet Sieving.
Sieving is a Method when trying to find Garnet, we used dry and wet. Filling your sieve up with dry dirt is very dusty. Using your Sieve wet, means you put it in water or use a spray bottle to water your stones in the sieve. your garnet will look like glass when wet.
Sieve the dirt and pebbles by holding the sieve up to the sun and looking through the bottom you should also see colour.
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