A Cheapskate's Guide to
Exploring Tasmania By Car

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Fossicking in Tasmania



List of Contents

A guide to travel, sightseeing and services - what to do, where to stay and a little history of Tasmanian cities and towns.

About This Guide

This work has been designed to offer the maximum amount of information possible, while remaining an interesting and manageable read

Front Page

Includes list of contents, Tasmanian Freedom Camping Locations Series and a free, downloadable map of Tasmania

The Towns and Regions

Looks at the towns, camping, accommodation, eating out, sightseeing, history, toilets & dump points, information centres, doctors, vets, real estate and emergency services.

Guest Reviews

A place for readers to write a review on their favourite Tasmanian town, caravan park, freedom camp, attraction, bakery or cafe

Fun Pages
For Kids and their Adults

A range of free and low cost things to make and do, for kids and their adults, when driving or confined to camp.

Free and Cheap
Camping

you can choose from camp-grounds provided by councils, commercial operators or formal, and informal free camp sites.

Dump Points ~ Van Repairs ~ Public Toilets

An easy access guide to Dump-Points, Van Repairs and Public Toilets.

Environment and Produce

Loads of links to Tasmanian food, beer and wine trails for you to follow and enjoy.

Fossicking in Tasmania

Many of the locations this guide will be visiting offer the chance to do a little fosicking for such things as gold, sapphires, topaz, jasper, turquoise, agate and a range of other tumbling material for lapidarists.

Tiger Track Stamps

A Quirky, Free/Low-Cost Way for you to keep track of your amazing tasmanian adventures, as you hunt down over 70 Tiger Track Stamps and with luck - or skill maybe - find the elusive Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) - the most valuable stamp of all.

Fossicking in Tasmania

Many of the locations this guide will be visiting offer the chance to do a little fossicking for such things as gold, sapphires, Topaz, jasper, turquoise, amethyst, smoky quartz, clear quartz, petrified wood, chalcedony, agate and a range of other tumbling material for lapidarists.

Prospecting Licence

Throughout the course of this guide we will be looking at doing some fossicking outside of the designated areas and you will need to hold a prospecting licence to do this.

A prospecting licence allows the holder to conduct fossicking activities for rock and mineral specimens outside of the declared fossicking areas.

A prospecting licence is valid for 12 months from date of issue and the external link below contains all required details and application.

Prospecting Licence

Gold, gold, gold!

Alluvial Gold in Tasmania
Mineral resources of Tasmania II

If you are considering hunting for a little gold on your Tasmanian trip you may find this free 31 page publication by the DIVISION OF MINES AND MINERAL RESOURCES (in PDF) of value.

Fossicking for Gemstones in Tasmania

Gemstones in Tasmania

Offering locations and descriptions of Tasmanian gems, this free 32 page publication - Occurrences of gemstone minerals in Tasmania (in PDF), from Mineral Resources Tasmania - is well worth downloading.

 

Fossicking areas

In recognition of the recreational activity of fossicking, some of the best of these areas have been set aside for the use of fossickers where no licence is required, though conditions apply to the use of these areas.

Fossickers should avoid causing undue damage to the land, and should take only a 'fair share' of material.

Don't be greedy! Fossicking areas are set aside for the use of amateur fossickers and cannot sustain any degree of commercial collecting.

Fossicking areas

The areas of land specified in Parts 1-11 of Schedule 1 to this order are declared to be fossicking areas for the purpose of the Mineral Resources Development Act 1995 .

SCHEDULE 1 - Fossicking areas

 

PART 1 - Coal Hill fossicking area

All that area of State forest in the vicinity of Hastings shown hatched and bounded by heavy black lines on Plan No. 3673 in the Central Plan Register, a reduced copy of which is set out, by way of illustration only, in Part 1 of Schedule 2 to this order.

PART 2 - Colebrook Hill fossicking area

All that area of Crown land in the vicinity of Rosebery shown hatched and bounded by heavy black lines on Plan No. 3670 in the Central Plan Register, a reduced copy of which is set out, by way of illustration only, in Part 2 of Schedule 2 to this order.

PART 3 - Gladstone fossicking area

All that area of Crown land in the vicinity of Gladstone shown hatched and bounded by heavy black lines on Plan No. 3674 in the Central Plan Register, a reduced copy of which is set out, by way of illustration only, in Part 3 of Schedule 2 to this order.

PART 4 - Killiecrankie fossicking area

All that area of Crown land in the vicinity of Killiecrankie Bay shown hatched and bounded by heavy black lines on Plan No. 3675 in the Central Plan Register, a reduced copy of which is set out, by way of illustration only, in Part 4 of Schedule 2 to this order.

PART 5 - Lord Brassey fossicking area

All that area of State forest in the vicinity of Brassey Hill shown hatched and bounded by heavy black lines on Plan No. 3668 in the Central Plan Register, a reduced copy of which is set out, by way of illustration only, in Part 5 of Schedule 2 to this order.

PART 6 - Lune River fossicking area

All that area of State forest in the vicinity of Lune Sugarloaf shown hatched and bounded by heavy black lines, excluding the area identified as Lune River Fossil Site, on Plan No. 6343 in the Central Plan Register, a reduced copy of which is set out, by way of illustration only, in Part 6 of Schedule 2 to this order.

PART 7 - Magnet fossicking area

All that area of Crown land and State forest in the vicinity of Magnet shown hatched and bounded by heavy black lines on Plan No. 3678 in the Central Plan Register, a reduced copy of which is set out, by way of illustration only, in Part 7 of Schedule 2 to this order.

PART 8 - Penguin fossicking area

All that area of Crown land in the vicinity of Penguin shown hatched and bounded by heavy black lines on Plan No. 3677 in the Central Plan Register, a reduced copy of which is set out, by way of illustration only, in Part 8 of Schedule 2 to this order.

PART 9 - Tunnel Marsh fossicking area

All that area of land in the vicinity of Lack Echo vested in the Hydro-Electric Corporation and shown hatched and bounded by heavy black lines on Plan No. 3671 in the Central Plan Register, a reduced copy of which is set out, by way of illustration only, in Part 9 of Schedule 2 to this order.

PART 10 - Weld River fossicking area

All that area of State forest in the vicinity of Moorina shown hatched and bounded by heavy black lines on Plan No. 3669 in the Central Plan Register, a reduced copy of which is set out, by way of illustration only, in Part 10 of Schedule 2 to this order.

PART 11 - Weymouth fossicking area

All that area of Crown land in the vicinity of Weymouth shown hatched and bounded on Plan No. 3676 in the Central Plan Register, a reduced copy of which is set out, by way of illustration only, in Part 11 of Schedule 2 to this order.

 


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