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Fossicking in NSW

What is fossicking?

Fossicking is a popular recreational activity involving the small scale search for, and collection of minerals, gemstones or mineral bearing material.

Fossicking offers an opportunity to discover the beauty and diversity of NSW’s mineral wealth and contributes to the state’s regional economies.

Fossicking is a lawful activity in NSW. However, there are laws in place to protect NSW’s natural environment and the rights of landowners and others with legitimate claims on the land, including native title.

Fossicking guidance material

Following consultation with stakeholders the NSW Resources Regulator developed a revised guide to fossicking in NSW to provide clarity of relevant legislation, with particular focus on the restrictions relating to permissible fossicking equipment.

Print quality versions of the fossicking guidance material are available for download below: