Harts Range Trip

Submitted: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 11:32
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Hi all ,
Has anybody explored the Harts Range area or have does anybody have any good info on this fascinating area of old mines and fossicking adventures . I am thinking of spending some time there on my may to the Kimberley via the Tanami .
Thanks ,
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 17:41

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 17:41
goodday willie

we stayed at gemtree a couple of yrs ago and went on there digging trips was good but if you know what your about there is plenty of areas to go to but i think you need a permit there are also some old gold mines with a long history at arltunga if you go there go to the visitor centre and have a good read we spent over an hour in there some of our predecessors were very strong willed but its a great area


ps the roads over the hills are not much good for towing especially a van
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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 18:08

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 18:08

Things have changed a bit in the past few years but I am sure that you can still access most of the areas where you find the garnets. I drove through there last November. The Zircon field is no more as there is a humungous big mining operation happening. You have to get a visitors fossicking permit from the Dept of Mines in Alice Springs. Probably costs around $10 or so.

Gemtree is the place most people stay when fossicking but if you are self sufficient you can bush camp.

We went fossicking out there in the 90's and dug up ring quality garnets. Missus had a stone faceted by the Gemtree mob and set in to a ring. She was pleased as punch.

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Reply By: Member - Willie Sydney - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 14:33

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 14:33
Thanks for the info guys . I have actually stayed at Gemtree myself but did not have Willems luck . My kids had a great time though .
I was after information more on the old mine areas than on Gemtree , but it looks
like no one has been into that area . There was one very short mention of a couple of lines in the threads , but very little really .
Looks like I will have to find out and come back with all the info for everyone .
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