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


01jul7:00 pm9:00 pmJuly MeetingThe program will include a lecture to be given by Luis Martins on : – ‘A Mineral Collecting Trip to the Faroe Islands’.  There will also be a mini-talk to be given by John Chapman and David Colchester on : – ‘Iridescence – Now And Then’.  Members are invited to bring in any specimens showing iridescence to display to the Meeting. 


05aug7:00 pm9:00 pmAugust MeetingThe Society Annual General Meeting and the Mayne-Walker Memorial Lecture to be given this year by Dr Ken McQueen on “The Paddy’s River Skarns, ACT: Their Origin and Mineralogy”  The following details about the speaker and the subject of his lecture have been provided by John Chapman:  ‘We are honoured to have Dr McQueen present the Mayne-Walkers Memorial Lecture this year. Ken is Adjunct Professor (Geochemistry and Landscape Evolution), at the University of Canberra. He is also an old friend of the Society having given us a number of presentations over the years. The work on the skarn deposits of Paddys River was recently published in the Australian Journal of Mineralogy  Several areas of skarn mineralization occur along the Paddy’s River valley in the ACT. The deposits are zoned, magnetite- and silicate-rich metasomatic replacement skarns containing complex assemblages of prograde and retrograde primary minerals and an association of base metal sulfides, scheelite, minor silver, gold and bismuth. The skarn mineralogies indicate medium-high temperature, oxidising conditions during their formation. Sulfides and scheelite were introduced during hydrous retrograde alteration. Weathering of the skarns has resulted in a great variety of secondary minerals and oxidation products. More than 90 different primary and secondary mineral species have been identified in the skarns.’ 

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