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Driving holidays – Bathurst to Nundle and Fossickers Way (NSW)

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HAVE you heard of Fossickers Way? If not, you don’t know what you are missing. Heading off from Bathurst, we stick to the main highway and head for Tamworth. Just 60km (40 miles) out of Tamworth, you will find Nundle, a tiny, quaint little village positioned at the beginning of the Fossickers Way.

So, what is Fossickers Way, you ask? Well it is over 200km of area where you can indulge some time in fossicking for gems! And, boy, did we find them. Gold, rubies, sapphires … you name it. After all the years of trying to find opals in Coober Pedy and gold in the Outback, we have never ever found a thing, but doing the Fossickers Way you will find plenty! They are all destinationas relatively easy to get to by normal car and you can even take the vans down most of the roads.

Nundle is also home to one of the last remaining Wool Mills. Got some great new socks (which means I can throw away the Swans ones now!) It is situated on the banks of the Peel River which was a gold miners haven back in the fossickers way1800s. Back then they took over $400million worth of gold and gems (today’s equivalent) so you can see why they persevered with the freezing cold conditions and remoteness. There are tonnes of old relics and great stories to be had around here.

PETER “SPIDA” EVERITT

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