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Gems and Fossicking

Don't rely on your weekly lotto ticket to get-rich-quick. Head out west, grab a fossicking pan and strike it rich with a gold or gemstone find. 

Make Capricorn your first stop. This fossicker’s paradise has geological wonders like gold, opals and gems just waiting to be dusted off. You can either join a fossicking tour of the top sites or obtain a permit to get off the beaten track to do it yourself.

Nuggets of glittering gold is the aim of the game at Mount Morgan - one of the oldest mines in Australia, but if precious gemstones that glow like the colours of the rainbow is what tickles your fancy, read on for locations to get your fix.  

Opalton in Queensland's Outback is your destination to hunt for a Queensland Boulder Opal and for Sapphires to rival the heart of the ocean, head to the Sapphire Gemfields for a guided mine tour and gem galleries that will leave twinkles in your eyes.

Other geological treasures like thunder eggs, fossilised wood and dinosaur fossils could form part of your loot, so keep your eyes peeled.

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