|Gone fossicking, don't wait up - Quick Facts|
Fossicking is the gathering of mineral deposits or objects. It is usually done recreationally by individuals in a way that does not disturb the land or water by the use of machinery or explosives.
While fossicking licences are no longer required you still need to get a permit to fossick in NSW State Forests and there are a number of guidelines which must be observed. More information on fossicking in State forests.
Fossickers are now required to seek the consent of Western Lands Leaseholders prior to entry, as is the case for all other classes of landholders and leaseholders. For entry onto other lands fossickers need the landholder's consent.
Yes. There are currently nine areas in NSW called fossicking districts where you can fossick without obtaining permission. They are
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To obtain maps or advice on the specific whereabouts of these areas call the Department of Mineral Resources. The Mining Act also allows fossicking on vacant crown land and government-owned land that is restricted to grazing. It's best to check the status of any area before you go looking for riches.
You usually get this information from the Local Council. You can also try the local office of the Department of Land and Water conservation or State Forests.
Fossicking is not allowed in national parks, but you can fossick in state forests so long as you obtain permission from the local State Forests office, which will also advise you of any regulations or rules of which you will need to be aware.
Yes. Metal detectors are considered part of the fossicker's equipment, as are picks, shovels and gold pans.
You do - providing you have consent to fossick and you remove it lawfully.
Plenty. Tourist information offices in any of the areas where fossicking is common will have stories of small fortunes being made, although it probably depends on your definition of a small fortune. For example, in Lightning Ridge recently, a man found an opal that paid for his car registration. And that was a small fortune to him.