You know those things that you do because the kids want to – but in the end it is so much fun that you wonder why you haven’t done it before?… Well going sapphire fossicking was one of them.
Frazers Creek Sapphires is about 20km out of Inverell. It is family run, and at the time we attended you literally drive through the house yard to get to the area where you look for the precious stones.
For those that haven’t ever looked for sapphires before (like us), don’t worry. The staff showed us exactly what to do and all the equipment was provided. We weren’t made to feel like the total noobs that we were, even amongst the other people who we spoke to – some of whom were very experienced at this game.
It is probably good to explain that the fossicking involves getting sapphire bearing soil that has been bought from somewhere else on the property and sorting through it. You aren’t just pointed toward a creek and sent on your way. There is a pile of sapphire bearing dirt that you get some from to try and find the precious stones.
What amazed me was the number of stones that we did find. Some of which were quite big (6-8mm) and heaps of small stones (2-3mm). I don’t know if they have any real value but they are precious to us.
Our 3 (8/10/12) kids had a great time and found heaps of stones. Filling small several small jars each. Even at this age the kids quickly got the grasp of what to do.
As far as the operation at Frazers Creek, as I have said, it is a family operation that is just starting. The facilities are ‘raw’. Without too many bells and whistles. There aren’t shelters to protect your from the sun however trees to provide some shade. You need to take everything that you want with you, perhaps a picnic if you plan being there all day – and drinks.
Everything that we needed was provided, sieves, shovels etc and even jars to put the sapphires into. It cost $50 for the whole family for the activity. We only spent half a day there, wished we had headed out there earlier in the day.
One word of warning, make sure that you wear old clothes, you will end up dirty.
As I said I have never been sapphire fossicking before. I haven’t tried other fossicking operations to compare it to. But I did have a great time at Frazers as did the whole family. We don’t mind the rough aspect of the operation, indeed it adds to the appeal.
I highly recommend this as a family activity when in Inverell.
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