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


06aug7:00 pm9:00 pmMoved OnlineAugust MeetingThe program in August will be the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. The A.G.M. will be followed by the Mayne-Walker Memorial Lecture to be given this year by Professor Martin van Kranendonk who will deliver a lecture on : – ‘The Role of Minerals in the Emergence of Life: Lessons from Deep Time Earth and the Test Tube’.


03sep7:00 pm9:00 pmSeptember MeetingThe original scheduled program may have to be changed depending on whether speakers can present their lecture by virtual mode if pandemic restrictions are still in place.


02octAll Day04Moved Online43rd Annual Combined Mineralogical Societies of Australasia SeminarThe 43rd Annual Combined Mineralogical Societies of Australasia Seminar will be held on the theme of ’43 Shades of Silver’ over the October long weekend. Due to the continuing COVID pandemic and mandated substantial restrictions with no timetable for these being ended completely or partially by October the Society Committee has taken the regretable decision to cancel the live Seminar in October and replace it with a virtual meeting as was provided in 2020. The Seminar will now be free to all participants and the few that have paid their registration will be refunded. We were greatly encouraged by the attendance last year, and hope 2021 will be the same. A Field Trip program was being planned as part of the Seminar activities and visits to mining or mineralogically-significant sites may still be possible to arrange.There will be a talk to be given by Dieter Mylius on ‘Surprising Bismuth Minerals in the Australian Museum’. The annual Mineral Auction is postponed.

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