If you prefer to stay at a Caravan Park then the owners of the Yowah General Store also have a Caravan Park where powered sites and other services are provided.
Free Camp—the Yowah community maintains a Free Camp on the western side of the town; it is a very good camping area of at least two hectares. The Free Camp has both male and female facilities. This is serviced daily and maintained at a high standard. Good drinking water is available.
If you can provide your own electricity all television stations are available and of course you have full mobile telephone coverage. Major food supplies need to be obtained from Cunnamulla.
No camping is allowed on the designated fossicking area.
Where to Fossick / Noodle
The designated fossicking area is located near the small Township of Yowah. This area still yields some very good crystal and matrix opal
. A fossicker's licence is required to work the area. The designated fossicking area has been extensively worked but it is still possible to find virgin ground.
The area known as Yowah is famous for its Precious Opal in Siliceous Ironstone nodules commonly known as Yowah Nuts. The Yowah Nuts are found in layers at depths up to 20 metres in decomposed sandstone. The main layer is located between the sandstone and underlying clays.
Identifying an area to dig in is the key to finding Boulder Opal or Yowah Nuts as they are described. In designated fossicking areas, where others have worked is an indicator of productive ground. Attempt to find some virgin ground amongst other diggings or close to the worked area.
Where the layer of friable soil containing the Yowah Nuts and fragments comes close to the surface is best. The friable soil rests on a clay bed. Dig and sieve all soil above the clay layer. Then wash either by sieve in a tub of water or using the Willoughby
, make sure that all mud and dirt is removed from the stones. Inspect all pieces of stone (Ironstone matrix) for colour.
Yowah Nuts need to be broken open or for good specimens may need to be cut in two to reveal the "kernel", if any; often the "kernel" is pure crystal opal. Many of the Yowah Nut shells or outer casings contain Veins or Flashings of colour and can be processed into attractive jewellery stones.
The Township of Yowah has many Opal Cutters who are keen to do business at a reasonable price.
The journey to Yowah is all on bitumen roads. Suitable for Towing Caravans
etc. Conventional vehicles will have no trouble gaining access to Yowah or the designated fossicking field in dry conditions. If it rains the track surface within the fossicking area becomes very slippery very quickly and all vehicles have problems with traction.