Northern Territory Government

Fossicking in the Northern Territory

Declared fossicking areas

Declared fossicking areas in the Northern Territory include:


The historic town of Arltunga was officially Central Australia's first town and once supported up to 3,000 people. Arltunga was born out of a gold rush in 1887 when alluvial gold was discovered in a dry creek bed.

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Central Harts Range

The Central Harts Range fossicking area lies due south of the Atitjere Community, and encompasses the abandoned mica mines of Mount Palmer.

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Harts Range West

The mineral rich Harts Range West and Central Harts Range fossicking areas are located in the Harts Range, nestled amongst mountains such as Mount Brassey, Mount Palmer and Mount Mabel in the southeast of the Northern Territory.

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Mud Tank Zircon Field

The Mud Tank area on Alcoota Station in the Harts Range district is well known in the fossicking fraternity for its zircon material, a semi-precious Australian gem stone.

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The Newry fossicking area is located on Newry Station, a large pastoral lease south west of Darwin in the Northern Territory. It adjoins the Territory's border with Western Australia and is operated as a cattle station.

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Exploration of the Warrego copper-bismuth-gold anomaly commenced in the late 1950's and operated up to late 1989, producing approximately 4.94 Mt of ore. In addition to Warrego mine production, ores from other mines were trucked to the Warrego site for processing. They included ores from the White Devil, Gecko, Eldorado and Orlando mines. The Tennant Creek operations, including the Warrego tailings storage facilities are under care and maintenance with operation activities occurring in the area.

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Wave Hill

Wave Hill (also known as Kalkarindji) and the nearby settlement of Daguragu are the population centres of the land formerly held under the Wave Hill Cattle Station. Wave Hill was formed as a settlement supply town to service the local pastoral industry which grew up in the early 1900's in the area. As stations became larger there was less need for the services the settlement provided.

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