Field trips

There is nothing like going out bush and collecting your own minerals on a field trip with friends from the society

About field trips

One of the most enjoyable methods of collecting is finding mineral specimens yourself. Along the way, you are out of the city exploring the countryside or the bush, exercising, making friends, and learning some mineralogy and history. The Society organises field trips to a variety of sites every few months. Trips are well-organised with an emphasis on safety and enjoyment.

Upcoming field trips


01sep7:30 pm9:00 pmSeptember MeetingThe main lecture will be given by Dioni Cendon titled ‘Back to the Salt Mines: Evaporites Genesis and Mineralogy’ There will also be a short talk by Geoff Parsons on : – ‘Hardness Testing using the Schmidt Hammer’ and also a talk by Dieter Mylius on : – ‘Surprise Zeolite from Nimmitabel’


06oct7:00 pm9:00 pmOctober MeetingIan Baillie will give a lecture on the ‘Discovery of the Constellation Copper Deposit, NSW’. It is hoped that there will also be a minitalk, subject and speaker to be confirmed. The program will also include the annual Kids with Cancer Sale of specimens and mineralogical material, books etc, donated by members. The sale at the November meeting last year generated $515 for the charity foundation and it is to be hoped that that sum can be exceeded this year. Donors should provide specimens with labels indicating the name and source and also their recommended sale price. It has been suggested that because donors may not be certain what prices to assign to specimens some of the donations could instead be offered for sale by silent auction. Specimens could be listed on sale sheets which would be provided with columns for prospective buyers to indicate how much they were prepared to pay for each item. Specimens with prices provided could be sold throughout the evening whilst the auction sale sheets would be examined at the end of the Meeting to see who was the highest bidder.


03nov7:00 pm9:00 pmNovember MeetingSpeakers Lee Spencer, Jocelyn McGrade and Ian Graham will give a lecture on ‘Unusual Oxide Mineral Species from Base Metal Veins Surrounding the Mt Turner Porphyry Cu – Mo System, Georgetown’.

Reports from past field trips

Kidway Mine Sites

June 2019


November 2017


February 2016

Hartley Vale

November 2014

Apsley and Phoenix

September 2014

Mt. Tennyson and Cash Essington

June 2014