Try your luck at striking gold! Thanes Creek fossicking area located approximately 40km west of Warwick, is known to contain alluvial gold, first discovered at Thane in 1868. Follow the Cunningham Highway approximately 37km west of Warwick, turn right into Thanes Creek Road, continue for 5km before turning right into Big Hill Road, 0.9km further along the fossicking area is located on the left. The nearby Glendon Camping Grounds also offers gold fossicking.
Durikai State Forest
The State Forest is located 27km west of Warwick on the Cunningham Highway. Sections of the forest have been released as general permission areas for gold fossicking. Fossickers must ensure they comply with the special conditions of access. There are only three practical access routes, one to each site, all of them off the Cunningham Highway. Inside the forest, use of motor vehicles is restricted to formed roads and tracks. There are no facilities in Durikai State Forest and camping is not allowed.
Swiper’s Gully Topaz
Swiper’s Gully is located in the Passchendaele State Forest, near Amiens, 13 km north-west of Stanthorpe. Topaz and other gemstones and minerals may be found here.
Talgai State Forest Fossicking Area
The Talgai Fossicking area is located 35km north-west of Warwick on the Cunningham Highway. Sections of the Talgai State Forest have been released as general permission areas for gold fossicking. Once inside the general permission areas, use only formed roads and tracks to access creek areas where alluvial deposits are found. There are no facilities in Talgai State Forest and camping is not permitted.