Fossick at Mud Tank Zircon Field, Northern Territory

Stay the night on a fossicking field. Zircon is a lesser known semi-precious gem stone, found by digging and sieving.

The Mud Tank area on Alcoota Station, 17 km south east of Gemtree, has been known for its zircon material since 1940. It is now a camping spot with shade, and pet friendly. Don’t expect facilities – it is for self-sufficient travellers.

NT Mud Tank Zircon - Image Tatum Gems
photo credit: Tatum Gems Zircon is one of the underrated gems, this is a beautiful 3.35ct Australian Plum Zircon from nearby Harts Range

Most zircons discovered here are orange to amber to pale brown, some are even pink, purplish, colourless, yellow and part-coloured. You can find them as double terminated small crystals or chips.

Turn south off Plenty Hwy 7.5 km east of Gemtree onto Alatyeye Rd and follow 9 km to access gate. Sites are 500m after the gate. 4WD are recommended.

Look up this NT site in the CAMPS Guide or if you have our CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE App as well – simply go to the map or list and search with the site name!

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