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: