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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, and you can apply for one online.


  • Individuals or families who want to fossick in a NSW state forest.
  • If you’re fossicking in a group or club, each person or family must have a permit.

What you need

  • your personal details
  • your residential address
  • your payment
  • credit card.

How to apply

  1. Select the ‘Apply online’ button.
  2. Select ‘Start’.
  3. Select the area you want to fossick in.
  4. Complete the online application form.
  5. Agree to the conditions.
  6. Enter your payment details.

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