The Tamworth region is historically renowned for its gold, gems and mineral discoveries.
Visitors can try their hand fossicking at various sites around Nundle such as:
– Swamp Creek Camping Reserve
– Hanging Rock Lookout and Crown Reserve
– Forest Way Fossicking Site
Located just 60 kilometres from Tamworth’s Central Business District, Nundle is a quaint and thriving little village. This pretty town is surrounded by undulating hills and streets lined with trees.
Many visitors come to Nundle to fossick or pan for gold and sapphires in the Peel River.
A permit is required for fossicking in most NSW State Forests. Find further info about fossicking, tools, tips and maps, and apply for a permit at the Forestry Corporation’s website.
Did you know ?
The gold rush to Nundle and Hanging Rock began more than 150 years ago. Gold can still be found in the area and is usually found in the sand and gravel at the river’s edge. Precious gems including sapphires, zircon, crystal and prase can also be found in the area.
Also check out the Gil Bennet Rocks, Gems and Minerals Collection, located at the Nundle Visitor Information Outlet in Jenkins Street, Nundle. It’s acknowledged as one of the finest collections in the world featuring some 1,554 specimens from all over Australia!