Fossicking in Glen Innes Highlands

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.

Glen Rest Tourist Park

Sapphire Fossicking available on Site: 3.5km south of the Visitor Centre on the New England Highway. Open 7 days between 9.30am until 11.30am only.


From Visitor Information Centre, proceed South 20km on the New England Highway to Glencoe village. 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 39 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

Fossick in designated parts of Torrington State Recreation Area, 32km northwest or Deepwater. An information board is located in the town of Torrington. Fossick for beryl, fluorite, aquamarine, emerald, citrine, bismuth, topaz, wolframite, cassiterite and arsenopyrite.