Opals, Gemstones, Gold

Coober Pedy Opal Fossicking | Coober Pedy

With a little luck, a rockhound can have a heady day digging for opals at Coober Pedy, about 600 km north of Adelaide. All you need to become a weekend opal fossicker are a Miner's Right, a pick and shovel, a strong back, and a constitution able to withstand desert temperatures. Miners at Coober Pedy and nearby Andamooka (a hundred km away) dig out more than A$30 million worth of opals annually. ...

Harts Range | Alice Springs

Harts Range is located on the Plenty Highway approximately 215km north east of Alice Springs and 300km from the Queensland border. The Range is a small community with a population of approximately 250 people. Harts Range is mineral rich. A dedicated fossicking area is available at the abandoned mica mines of Mount Palmer. The major industries are beef, cattle, gold mining and tourism.