Mud Tank Zircon Fossicking

20130622-204821.jpgWe had originally planned to head across the Plenty Highway with my Mum & Dad and then do some Zircon hunting with them at the Mud Tank Zircon fields which are about 8okm’s along the Plenty Highway from the Alice Springs end.  Unfortunately Mum & Dad weren’t able to come along with us on this trip due to problems with their ute, but they gave us a pick and a sieve and some basic instructions (and directions!!) and off we went!  They also told us to look out for ‘Macca’ who they had met the previous year and say g’day to him from them!

So – we found Macca and after a few introductions he was kind enough to show us the ropes and lend us some of his digging tools.  We then proceeded to spend the next couple of days getting filthy hunting for Zircons which are quite tricky to pick out from the ironstone.  But Matt soon got his eye in (and a bit of an addiction to the chase of the Zircon!) and we had a few nice ones to be sent home to Grunda for cutting.  Jack enjoyed it, but the younger two lost interest quite quickly as the Zircons were not as easy to spot as the Opal and Garnets we had found over the last couple of weeks!  I enjoyed it but I am well and truly over dirt and dust after the week  travelling from Boulia over the Plenty!!

We had a great three days here – again another good free camp spot – no showers but there was a long drop toilet called ‘Sonny’s Dunny’.  This will be a spot to revist with the grandparents for sure!

The road in to Mud Tank - much better than the one in to Harts Range

The road in to Mud Tank – much better than the one in to Harts Range

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Kids loved having the longer stop to get their lego out for a play

Kids loved having the longer stop to get their lego out for a play

Macca showing us the ropes

Macca showing us the ropes

Jack searching through the sieve

Jack searching through the sieve

Lovely lady showing Lex and Toby what to do

Lovely lady showing Lex and Toby what to do

'Come to papa' - Matt has lost his trusty Ergon Energy hat - it is a major calamity!!

‘Come to papa’ – Matt has lost his trusty Ergon Energy hat – it is a major calamity!!

The site where Matt finally got some nice little Zircon's

The site where Matt finally got some nice little Zircon’s

Getting the campfire ready

Getting the campfire ready

Not a bad view while cooking tea

Not a bad view while cooking tea

These boys are obsessed with fire!!

These boys are obsessed with fire!!

 

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4 thoughts on “Mud Tank Zircon Fossicking

  1. Ngaree Cunningham

    Great Pics! Keep them coming.

  2. Murray Morris

    Great talking to you on top of the Rock Jess. Looks like Mud Tank was good…can’t believe the hats gone, what size Matt maybe we can mail one to Darwin Pick up at Post Office, for collection Nerida and Garth have mail sent for collection. Take Care.

    • Ha, yeah Murray we did discuss maybe calling Sarah and getting a nice crisp new size L sent out. It has been a bit of a problem because out here the only hats you can buy are for the tourists so I’ll either look like Crocodile Dundee or a Texan Ranch Owner! I really miss my Ergon hat, I’d only just “worn it in”

  3. Beth Campbell

    We will have to come to Mud Tank with the Grandies too…wouldn’t mind me a pair of earrings! Love that Uncle Murray got to talk to you at the top of Uluru….awesome!

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