• Reply Shane February 7, 2019 at 8:27 pm


    I’m keen to go fossicking at Weld River (and any other awesome spots).

    Do you perhaps offer tours?
    Or could you take me along and I give you a cut of my finds?

    I’d be coming from South Africa, probably via Bali.

    Kind Regards

    • Reply joel February 9, 2019 at 7:17 pm

      Hey Shane, Not to sure when I’ll be over in Tassie next. I’m in Western Australia at the moment though hoping to be over east in a few months, when were you going to be in Australia and what sort of stones are you looking for?


  • Reply Lily June 27, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Hi Joel,
    Hope this finds you well.

    I was hoping that you could help a newbie out with some tips regarding fossicking in Stannifer. I finished reading your article about Stannifer and simple admire the find and just wanted to ask, in your opinion where should one look for quartz and jelly beans? I know that you stated Tingha Rd – But that’s a huge stretch.. also I don’t wanna trespass on anyone’s property.
    Cheers for your time Joel, hope to hear from you soon.
    All the best

    • Reply joel June 28, 2020 at 7:41 am

      Hi Lily, That’s the million dollar question isn’t it. There are so many different areas to go searching and there’s quartz throughout a lot of the region. It’s difficult for me to pin point a spot for you to go via messages, and I don’t know what areas have been extensively dug over in the last couple of years since I’ve been there. One of your best bets is to perhaps go stay or visit the Tingha gems caravan park and get some up to date advice from them. People who stay there are often there purely for the fossicking. I don’t know if he is still there, But Shaun bought a house on the main street of Stannifer where he set up “jelly bean junction” a sort of fossicking shop where he takes people out to go fossicking. He was the caretaker of the Tingha caravan park a few years back when I was there..
      Hope this helps a little.

  • Reply Shaun O'Donnell December 9, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Hey Joel

    How you doin friend? i need that buried bucket..
    Call me.

    • Reply joel December 13, 2021 at 8:28 am

      Hey Shaun, not my bucket……… lol Mate I’m not sure if I still have your number, it’s been a while. Email me.

  • Reply Wyatt July 6, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    My girlfriend and I love rocks and I wanted to get into fossicking and we are both in Western Australia and have jobs that are pretty strict with time off I was wondering if you know any good spots around perth and what we would need?

    • Reply joel July 6, 2022 at 5:34 pm

      Hi Wyatt, unfortunately there’s not a lot around Perth. I’ve seen some people have found some nice quarts crystals up in the Avon valley but they were on private land. Sorry I can’t be much more help, it seems that if you want to find nice shiny ticyks you have to travel a bit.

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