An area known informally as Moonstone Hill is located between Hughenden and "The Lynd" just off the Kennedy Developmental Road. Moonstone Hill is on the Eastern side of the road approximately 90klm south of The Lynd, or about 16klm north of the Chudleigh Park turnoff. The locality is surrounded by the Blackbraes National Park. The fossicking reserve is 5klm north of the Blackbraes turnoff. At the grid crossing on the main road look for a wire gate, the track beyond leads to the digging area.
Where to Fossick
Generally the material here is colourless and transparent, but some is milky white to yellowish and translucent to opaque. Some specimens show silvery white to bluish adulorescence-most specimens range from 10 to 40 carats-many unusable for cutting due to fractured and inclusions, but clean sizable material is common. Moonstone may be found by specking the ground surface or by shallow digging and dry sieving
; it's worth your while to take time to identify good material.
Camping is allowed on the reserve but campers must be self sufficient
in all things including plenty of water and a first aid kit. All rubbish must be removed.
A 4WD vehicle is recommended as the roadways and tracks can be very rough; this varies with the seasons and time of grading of the Kennedy Developmental Road-it's very had on Caravans and the like as corrugations can easily be in excess of 100mm deep-minor water wash outs can also be common along this road.
A Fossickers Licence is required to fossick anywhere in Queensland Moonstone Hill is a "general permissions" area and conditions apply-permission is given only to holders of a fossickers licence-no fires are to be lit to avoid the danger of grass fires escaping to the adjacent National Park-gates and fences must be left as found.