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Field Trip to Penguin Fossicking Area
October 13 @ 09:00 - 16:00
The next field trip of the Prospectors and Miners Association of Tasmania will take place at the Penguin Fossicking Area on Saturday 13th October 2018. This is a fairly safe and family-friendly field trip.
As usual, we will meet at 9:00 first to briefly discuss any Association business, followed by the field trip.
The Penguin Fossicking Area is along the foreshore just east of Penguin. Parking is difficult with only enough space for a couple of cars here and there, so some of us will have to walk a bit further. We will meet on the gravel beach just west of the house on the point at 534 Penguin Road (Penguin Point – see map) at 9:00 am. After a brief meeting to cover any Association business, we will start the field trip.
Where to stay
There is free camping in Cooee Point and Leven Canyon. There are small areas for campervans and motorhomes nearby at Hall Point, Midway Point and Preservation Point, but none of those allow tents.
The main material in the area is jasper. It comes mostly in purple, red and cream tones, often with pyrite crystals and small geodes. Material can be found among basalt cobbles though most of the beach. Low tide will be near 10:00 am, which will expose more of the beach area.
Two main hazards are worth pointing out:
- Traffic: the road is narrow and winding, and parking spots are scattered here and there, so you may have to walk some distance along the road.
- Blue-ringed octopuses: these are common under rocks in the intertidal zone, and are quite deadly, so watch out. If you don’t believe this, check out a video from this same beach: Deadly Fossicking.
Other things to do in the area
- There is an interesting deposit of jasper near Lobster Creek, south of Ulverstone.
- If you feel like driving to Wynyard, there is pannable gold at Doctors Rocks, just east of town, where we had a trip in 2016.
- Some of the creeks inland from Wynyard also carry gold.
See you there!