There are many localities within Tasmania where interesting lapidary and mineralogical material occur. In recognition of the recreational activity of fossicking, some of the best of these areas have been set aside for the use of fossickers.

Ten areas have been declared official Fossicking Areas under the Mineral Resources Development Act 1995. These areas, which extend from the ground surface to a depth of two (2) metres, have been specially set aside for the use of fossickers and gem and mineral collectors. Under some circumstances, Fossicking Areas may be included in an Exploration Licence.

Conditions apply to the use of Fossicking Areas. Fossickers should avoid causing undue damage to the land, and should take only a 'fair share' of material. Don't be greedy! Fossicking areas are set aside for the use of amateur fossickers and cannot sustain any degree of commercial collecting.

 

The location and conditions of use of these areas are set out in the book Fossicking Areas of Tasmania. The currently proclaimed Fossicking Areas are:

Coal Hill Fossicking Area

Access This 9 km2 area is about 90 km SSW of Hobart in southern Tasmania. It is reached via Huonville on good sealed roads as far as Hastings or Dover, and then on fair unsealed roads and...

Colebrook Hill Fossicking Area

Access This 0.5 km2 area on the West Coast is about 90 km southwest of Burnie and 200 km northwest of Hobart. It can be reached via Queenstown or Rosebery on the Murchison Highway, a good...

Gladstone Fossicking Area

Access This 8 km2 area in northeast Tasmania is about 90 km northeast of Launceston and 250 km NNE of Hobart. It can be reached on good sealed roads via Scottsdale or St Helens, using the...

Killiecrankie Bay Fossicking Area

Access This 1 km2 area is 30 km north of Whitemark on Flinders Island in Bass Strait, and is reached via air or sea and then on unsealed roads. Because of the coastal location tidal charts...

Lord Brassey Mine Fossicking Area

Access and Collecting Area The Lord Brassey mine is located on Brassey Hill, about 17 km west of Waratah in western Tasmania. Access to the 0.6 km2 fossicking area is via a very rough and...

Lune River Fossicking Area

Access This 5 km2 area is located about 100 km south of Hobart, and is reached via Huonville on a good sealed road as far as Lune River. A collapsed bridge has made the Leprena Road...

Magnet Mine Fossicking Area

Access and Collecting Area The old Magnet mine is located six kilometres directly west of Waratah in western Tasmania, although access is by a somewhat circuitous route. The mine is reached...

Penguin Fossicking Area

Access This 0.5 km2 area is located adjacent to Lonah Road between Ulverstone and Penguin in northwest Tasmania. The area is about 100 km northwest of Launceston  and 20 km southeast...

Tunnel Marsh

Access The area is about 80km NW of Hobart, and is reached on sealed roads via Bothwell or Ouse, and fair unsealed roads thereon. Collecting Area Interesting material occurs over most...

Weld River Fossicking Area

Access This 2 km2 area is adjacent to the Tasman Highway at Moorina in northeast Tasmania, and is about 250 km NNE of Hobart and 70 km northeast of Launceston. The area can be reached by the...

Weymouth Fossicking Area

Access This 0.5 km2 area, on the shoreline of Bass Strait at Weymouth, is about 200 km north of Hobart and 50 km north of Launceston. It can be reached via Pipers River on sealed roads....