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Northern Queensland fossicking

A number of fossicking areas have been set aside in northern Queensland for recreational and tourist fossicking. Visitors can fossick for gem topaz at Mount Gibson and O’Briens Creek, agates at Agate Creek, moonstone at Moonstone Hill and sapphires at Lava Plains.

Fossickers require a fossicking licence in all areas. Sites that are general permission areas are subject to special conditions and all fossickers must be careful to comply with these.

If you have any questions about fossicking, contact the local mining registrar.


Contact one of our mining offices for any fossicking enquiry.

Fossicking rules and licences

A fossicking licence is required in Queensland. Make sure you follow the fossicking rules and observe the basic principles of safe fossicking.

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Last reviewed
17 August 2016
Last updated
2 March 2015
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