Opals, Gemstones, Gold

Croydon Town | Croydon

Gold was first discovered at Croydon in 1885. Mining ceased operating in 1925 leaving Croydon to become a virtual ghost town. The Courthouse dates from 1887 and the museum displays fine examples of the mining machinery used in the 1880s. Approximately 160 kilometres east of Croydon and south of Forsayth is Agate Creek mineral reserve. This reserve contains some of the world’s best quality agat...

Gippsland Gold

Many of Gippsland gold fields are almost impossible to access without the assistance of 4WD or cross-country bush walking. Probably the best known site in Gippsland region is the historic township of Walhalla, home to Victoria's richest gold producer, the Long Tunnel Mine. In this area many gold trails where gold pioneers originally made their way from Melbourne to the Gippsland district still sur...

Grant Historic Area

Grant Historic Area in Victoria's high country in central Gippsland is approximately 300km from Melbourne and provides an excellent base to explore the sites of many old gold mining towns lining the crooked, Wongungarra and Wonnangatta Rivers. Town sites include: Bulltown, Hog Town, Howitville and Winchester.

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.

Herons Reef Historic Gold Diggings

These diggings are located on a 130 acre property in Fryerstown owned by Mr Les Simmons. Visitors to the diggings are taken on a tour by Mr Simmons over the old mine and an explanation of gold extraction methods that were used is given.

Lightning Ridge Opal & Gem Festival | Lightning Ridge

The Lightning Ridge Opal and Gem Festival displays a fantastic range of opal, jewellery, beads and gems. Activities include the Opal Queen Ball, wine and cheese night, opal crown competition and lots of entertainment. Held in late July each year at Lightning Ridge Bowling Club, Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge.

Lightning Ridge Town | Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge is a famous mining township noted for its opals which bring large sums on overseas markets

Majors Creek | Majors Creek

The first gold of the district was discovered here in October 1851 by Mrs Baxter. The indomitable woman was killed 18 months later when a cart in which she was travelling overturned crushing her. Majors Creek is now a small village noted for its spectacular waterfalls and of course Clarks Lookout on Majors Creek Mountain.

Sovereign Hill Historical Park. Ballarat | Ballarat Central

Sovereign Hill Historical Park, about a km beyond Ballarat, evokes memories of the Gold Rush period. Set near land once mined by the diggers, the park marks the first phases in re-creating many aspects of the miners' lives-windlasses, shafts, a horse-drawn arrastre (drag-stone mill) to crush the ore, a Chinese joss house, Gold Commissioner's tent where the hated licenses were issued, shanties, bla...