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New arrangements for fossicking at Mt Shadwell

6olivine64Mt Shadwell quarry at Mortlake is a source for the gem crystal olivine.   Owned and operated by the Moyne Shire Council, the shire has made the qaurry available to gem fossickers on the following days under the following circumstances.

Open Friday to Sunday only.

Bookings are essential through the Mortlake Visitor Information Centre.  5599 2899 Mon  - Friday.

Visitors must always be accompanied by an inducted volunteer.   Session times 10am - 1pm or 1pm - 4pm (at the supervisors discretion)

When fossicking remember to wear appropraite protective clothing, covered shoes, gloves, sun protection, glasses.   Bring your own water and snacks as nothing is available at the quarry.

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If coming from Melbourne by train/V-line coach you get the train or coach (depending on day) from Southern Cross to Warrnambool then the v-line coach through to Port Fairy.  For more information on the V-line service phone 1800 800 007 or book on-line via their website at



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