A number of Caravan Parks are located at Glen Innes. Blue Sapphire, Craigeburn, Fossicker, Glen Innes Rest, Poplar, and a number of Farm stays are also available. Other options include Boolabinda, Toreuni Bed & Breakfast, and Wattleridge.
Where to Fossick
Boolabinda Homestead-Reldestone Creek a fee per person per day is charged. Wellingrove—a designated fossicking area. Dwyers—this is private property, information available from Glen Innes Visitors Centre. Pinetops-private property 40 kilometres west of Glen Innes, a fee per person per day is charged. Information is also available at the Glen Innes Visitors Centre.
Fossicking Method: Where to Dig
In ancient times the Sapphire's
weathered from the host rocks and was gradually washed into ancient rivers and streams, which were much larger than those found today. Most sapphire
is found in or adjacent to today's creeks and the river gravels.
Extracting the Sapphire
Extracting the sapphire relies on the principle that sapphire has a greater specific gravity e.g. is heavier for given size than all other stones except diamonds. It is obtained by shovelling bed gravels into fossicking sieves
and thoroughly washing away silts and smaller stones. A Willoughby can be used if desired, then examine the stones for colour.
Good bitumen and gravel roadways service the area, most are suitable for conventional vehicles.
Gemstones and Minerals of the District
||- Calcite, zeolite minerals
||- Rutilated quartz, zircon, garnet
||- Sapphire, zircon, garnet
||- Beryl, fluorite, aquamarine, emerald, citrine, bismuth, topaz,
- wolframite, cassiterite, orsenopyrite