For some, fossicking might seem like an outdated pastime, but there are plenty of people who love nothing more than to hit the road in search of their fortune. Even if they don’t find it, they’re guaranteed a fabulous, affordable family holiday in some of Australia’s prettiest locations. Here’s why.
1. Breathtaking scenery
As it happens, the most fruitful fossicking regions are often some of the most scenic parts of the country. Fossicking sites are commonly located at water sources, near creeks, streams and rivers and often in pristine wilderness environments.
2. The kids will stay busy
While mum and dad’s idea of the perfect break might be camping by a river and relaxing with a magazine and a glass of wine, the kids mightn’t agree. Fossicking keeps them busy while you’re free to either join in or simply relax in peace and quiet.
3. An educational lesson
Fossicking makes for an excellent, hands-on geography and history lesson. Do you know how many millions of years it takes to make a sapphire, or why it is that gold is so often found in creeks? And did you know that Chinese mine shafts were round rather than square, so spirits couldn’t hide in the corners? If not, you will by the time you get home from your fossicking holiday. They say the best way to learn is to do, so help your kids’ education and take them fossicking.
4. Find something of value
Fossicking is mostly a game of luck and if yours is good you might just find something of value to either sell or have made into a sentimental piece of bespoke jewellery. We’ve even heard of engaged couples who’ve fossicked the materials for their own wedding bands. And who knows, you might even find your fortune!
5. Gets kids off their screens and outside
In this modern world of computers and iPads our children have more screen time than ever before and dragging them away from their devices can be like drawing blood from a stone. Fossicking is great way to engage kids in the natural world and giving them an activity that doesn’t involve a screen. And once they find their first hint of treasure, they’ll be addicted.
6. It won’t break the bank
A fossicking holiday is an affordable one. You’ll usually travel by car and then either camp or find cheap local accommodation in the small country towns that service fossicking areas. You can generally rent gear if you don’t want to buy your own. And, you never know, you might just make back what you spend in your findings!
7. Quality time as a family
Fossicking is something everyone can enjoy; young children and their grandparents alike. Enjoy time together as a family while you search for natural wonders in stunning destinations, what could be better than that?