The Glen Innes Highlands Visitors Information Centre has released a new brochure on the best spots around Glen Innes for fossicking

The Glen Innes Highlands ‘Fossicking around Glen Innes’ brochure is full to the brim with ideas, details and even a treasure map to the best gem hunting spots in the district.

If you have ever wanted to find your very own famed blue sapphires or other precious gems then be sure to call into the Glen Innes Highlands Visitor Information Centre on the New England Highway and grab the Fossicking brochure and any tools you may require.

The Glen Innes Highlands Region is responsible for a large portion of Australia’s total sapphire production and has various creeks and rivers where finding your own sapphire is highly possible.

If you are just starting out as a gemstone miner then the Fossicker Caravan Park and Glen Rest Tourist Park both provide beginners lessons in fossicking. If you are lucky you may just find a sapphire or gemstone. Guided lessons are provided at Bullock Mountain Homestead, 15km from Glen Innes, on the Reddestone Creek. Three Waters High Country Holidays is also along the Bullock Mountain Rd and provides fossicking opportunities on the Reddestone Creek.

For the experienced fossickers there are a multitude of great spots for the keen speculators. At the Yarrow Creek Bridge, less than 25km south east of Glen Innes, at Pinkett, you can fossick for topaz, garnet, zircon and sapphires. Follow the Pinkett Rd another 25km out (Gravel Road) to Kookabookra, an old mining settlement area, and you have over 500m of river access at Sara River Bridge. Along with topaz and sapphires there is an abundance of quartz and crystals.

35km east of Glen Innes on the Gwydir highway is Timbarra River Bridge and 24km north-west at the Wellingrove Creek Bridge you can fossick for sapphires and zircon.

20km south of Glen Innes at the lovely village of Glencoe there is a dedicated fossicking reserve and not very far east of Glencoe at the Mann River Bridge on the Glen Legh Rd is another great fossicking spot. Glencoe has a lovely pub and convenience store for refreshments.

Emmaville and Torrington, once thriving mining towns, still have great spots open to the public for fossicking. Bookings are essential if you wish to visit the Emmaville Emerald mine and whilst there be sure to visit the Emmaville Mining Museum in the village of Emmaville. At Torrington there are designated fossicking areas within the Torrington State recreation Area.

Whatever your fossicking experience there is to be plenty to be gained by visiting the Glen Innes Highlands this summer.