Fossicking 2017-08-08T15:23:09+00:00

All that glitters is family FUN!!!

Small wonder that more and more people are flocking to Glen Innes Highlands to fossick, for it’s part of the most prolific sapphire region in New South Wales and has the world’s richest mineral diversity belt. It’s internationally famous for the deep rich, royal blue sapphires. And there are other reasons: fossicking is easy, cheap, no licence is needed in NSW and it’s a fun activity for the whole family – with the prospect of glittering rewards.

Summary of fossicking sites:

Fossickers’ Fossicking Park

From the Visitor Information Centre drive south approx. 750m on the New England Highway. We are on the right hand side. Open 7 days. Great fun for everyone, the kids will love it. Good dirty fun. For more information phone (02) 67324246.

Bullock Mountain Homestead

Directions as for Boolabinda, further 1km on Bullock Mountain Road; sapphires in Reddestone Creek or learn to fossick in our fossicking park, picnic facilities, fishing, accommodation, camping, horse riding.

Phone: (02) 6732 1599


About 200m past Red Lion Tavern, 100km/h sign and before bridge, left down yellow ramp, follow road to fenced creek, through gate to fossicking reserve; fossick for sapphires, zircons, no charge.


From the Visitor Information Centre, proceed South on the New England Highway for 1km to the Southern round about, turn left onto Oliver Street, proceed a further 6km, then turn right onto the Pinkett road, travel a further 40 km. Turn right at tennis courts before Sara River Bridge, vehicle track 100m to fenced fossicking area through gate; committed fossickers, no facilities, topaz, quartz crystals, gold, sapphires.

Torrington State Conservation Area

From Deepwater, 26km on Stannum- Torrington Roads; fossick in designated areas, includes beryl, fluorite, aquamarine, emeralds.

Three Waters High Country Holidays

Proceed 4km on Emmaville-Airport Road, right to Bullock Mountain Road 12km; sapphires in Reddestone Creek; picnic facilities, fishing, accommodation, camping, horse riding.