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Minerama 2007 Field Trips

sm_quartz.jpgMinerama is just a few short weeks away so keep your diary open for March 9th to 11th 2007 at Glen Innes for an action-packed weekend of everything gem-related.

See below for the final field trip program – note that the program is subject to change depending on weather and other factors.  Field trip tickets are on sale at the rear of the services club where Minerama is held from 8 am Thursday 9th.  Tickets are sold on a daily basis and are not available in advance. They will cost $10 for adults and $2 for school age children this year.

Thursday 8th March.
YARROW CREEK – Garnet Corner.  Field trips have been run here for the past 3 years and the gems are still coming out.  Expect to find sapphire, zircon and especially deep red pyrope garnets.

Friday 9th.
YARROW CREEK – The Cascades.  This is a location not previously visited on a Minerama trip. The area includes several deep pools and small cascades and should produce sapphire, zircon and garnet.
KINGSGATE.  Thanks to Ausex, the company exploring for minerals at Kingsgate, we are able to offer a visit to this classic location now off limits to mineral collectors. Limited to 20 people, this trip will run from 10 am – 1 pm. There will be limited collecting opportunities and all attendees must wear a hard hat. Bring yours with you if possible.
SWAMP OAK.  A new location on Horse Gully near Billabong Blue, Inverell which should produce sapphires and zircons.  Numbers limited to 30 for this location.

Saturday 10th.
YARROW CREEK – Rocky Bend.  Another location on the creek which has been visited by Minerama only once before. Sapphire, zircon and garnet. Note there is a 20 minute walk to this spot.
KINGSGATE.  Details as for Friday – limit of 20 people so get in early.
REDDESTONE CREEK.  The same locality as last year. Best suited for those who don’t mind getting wet.  Several fine gems were found here in 2005 and nice colour last year.
SURFACE HILL (Near Emmaville). Same location as last year. An old tin mining area along the Gulf Road Emmaville which is good for topaz and perhaps beryl.

SUNDAY 11th.
YARROW CREEK - Across the Paddock.   Another spot visited only once by Minerama several years ago.  Involves a 30 minute walk but expect to find sapphire, zircon and garnet.
REDDESTONE CREEK.  Repeat of Saturday’s trip.
EMMAVILLE.  Various mineral collecting areas near Emmaville.

MONDAY 13th.
YARROW CREEK – Underground River.  A new area for Minerama but promising - look out for sapphire, zircon and garnet.
PRETTY VALLEY.  An area visited by Minerama for many years where even the most inexperienced fossicker can find sapphire and zircon here without having to get too wet. Limited to 30 people.

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Check the Minerama website for updates to these details. 

Minerama will be open Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March at the Glen Innes & District Services Club – entry is free with a variety of items to peruse or purchase.  Aussie Sapphire is proud to be a sponsor of Minerama and will be attending as usual – hope to see you there!