Whether it is gold or gemstones that take your fancy, you have a chance of finding either or both in the waterways across the region.

Strike it Rich!
The Upper Lachlan Shire is a state declared fossicking district which means that people do not require the permission of Exploration Licence holders to fossick in the district. The permission of the landowner is still required however there are also two public areas where no permission is required.

Gold Fossicking
Following the discovery of gold in Tuena in 1851, the upper reaches of the Southern Tablelands have remained a popular place to try your luck at finding the elusive precious metal. The most popular public gold fossicking is on Tuena Creek at Tuena.

Sapphire Fossicking
Gemstones can be found across the region however Grabben Gullen Creek is widely recognised as yielding sapphires along with a range of other semi-precious stones.
No licence is required to fossick in New South Wales however fossickers are required to comply with the Mining Act 1992 and the Mining Regulation 2016. For further details please go to

Fossicking Locations

Grabben Gullen Creek – Sapphire Rd

Tuena Creek – Tuena

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