Fossicking is looking for and collecting gems or minerals with hand tools. This includes looking for gold using metal detectors or pans.
You must have a permit to fossick in a NSW state forest. With a permit, you can fossick for recreational, tourist or educational purposes only.
You can apply for a 12-month permit online.
Note: Before you apply, check the state forest fossicking map for areas where fossicking is permitted. It may be prohibited in some areas of a state forest.
Individuals or families who want to fossick in a NSW state forest.
Note: If you’re fossicking in a group or club, each person or family must have a permit.
What you need
- your contact details
- your payment.
How to apply
- Select the ‘Apply online’ button.
- Complete the online form to get your permit.