Easter Long Weekend Fossicking Field Trip to Lava Plains Sapphire Fields


Please register at club notice board and notify club of preferred accommodation plans. Further details will be updated here as they become available.

Friday, 10 Apr 2020 — Monday, 13 Apr 2020
Easter Long Weekend Fossicking Field Trip to Lava Plains Sapphire Fields
Lava Plains Fossicking Area
QLD, Australia

Easter Long Weekend Friday April 10th to Monday 13th Lava Plains Sapphire Fields. Would members please acknowledge their participation by filling out the trip sheet on the notice board in the club. The sheet is a fossicking licence and insurance requirement.

There will be up to three highly experienced and knowledgeable field trip officers attending the trip. They are Robert Lees, Leigh Twine and Craig Walker. Given the relatively nearby location of the fossicking area and the experience of those attending, this is a great opportunity for those new to fossicking.

A circular was emailed to club members on 19 February with map of fossicking area and current accommodation options.

A definite camping option is Pinnarendi Farm Stay, $18 unpowered per night (two people), $25 powered per night (two people). The campsite is marked on map sent. This camp site is 47 km to Lava Plains and 53 km to Mt Garnet. The club is also exploring expanding fossicking range.

The club is also seeking permission to camp on or near fossicking area. Please remember camping this way will require complete self sufficiency. For example no water will be available.

Start Time and Place: Please check before departure for updates. If we camp (or most camp) at Pinnarendi then fossickers should expect to meet between 10am and noon on Friday April 10 at Pinnarendi camp site before going to fossicking site.

End Time: The trip finishes at noon on Monday April 13.

The club is keen to know how many are willing to go on trip and book into Pinnarendi Farm Stay camp site. The information needed is numbers, whether a powered or unpowered site is needed and how many nights stay. Also please let club know if you would prefer to camp close to or at fossicking area, if such permission is obtained. Please remember the closer it gets to Easter the harder it will get to secure a camping site, particularly a powered camping site. Please email the club on the contact form or at email cairnsmlc@gmail.com with this information.

As a field trip approaches updates will be available through the next upcoming fieldtrip page, which is this page. You can bookmark this page.

Shortly before a field trip commences all updates and direction will be through field trip officers. Please make sure you know who your field trip officers are and that you have spoken to them or speak to them as soon as possible after arriving.

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