INNOT HOT SPRINGS

and

MOUNT GIBSON FOSSICKING AREA

Location of Innot Hot Springs: Kennedy Hwy, 15 Kilometres east of Mount Garnet.
John Atherton, led a group of men west of his property in Mareeba during the 1870s, looking for new grazing fields. As they reached what is now Nettle Creek they found its water to be so hot that they had to cross it further down. The water flows from the sand at between 80 and 90 degrees Celsius. A lease of 4 hectares including the hot springs was granted to Antonie Anticeric in 1886 and later transferred to C.O. Garbutt, owner of the Woodleigh Station, who built a hut and three bath cubicles, which brought the spring to public attention. The area was a favourite destination for campers, who were attracted by claimed curative properties of the water and compared it with famous thermal spas in Europe. The water was bottled and sent to the old continent to be used for medicinal purposes up until 1914. The hot springs are still commercially operated and receive visitors from all over Australia and overseas.
Location of Mount Gibson fossicking area:  6 Km north-west of Innot Hot Springs.  From Kennedy Hwy, turn-off at Broken Gully Road.
This fossicking site was established in 1996 by an agreement between the landholder, the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy and Herberton Shire Council, for the benefit of tourists and recreational fossickers. The area has been previously mined and it is rich in gem topaz that is usually colourless, though golden and blue colours have also been found. Topaz is a transparent, hard stone, 8 on the Moh's Scale. The most prized gems are wine-coloured, but they may also be white, brown, orange, blue and pink. You shouldn’t drive a car past Gibson Gully (see map below) unless it is a 4WD. Access to Mount Gibson is allowed to whoever has acquired a Fossickers Licence, with no need to request permission from the landholder. To purchase a fossicking licence or fossicking camping permit contact the Mareeba District Office, 28 Peters Street, Mareeba QLD 4880 PO Box 2266, Mareeba QLD 4880 Phone: (07) 4048 4785 Fax: (07) 4092 4224 Email: mines.mareeba@dnrm.qld.gov.au To purchase a fossicking licence online or camping permit, visit: http://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/fossicking/licences-permits/purchase/
PLEASE SHUT GATE AFTER ENTERING OR LEAVING Mount Gibson fossicking area map.
Location of Innot Hot Springs: Kennedy Hwy, 15 Kilometres east of Mount Garnet.
John Atherton, led a group of men west of his property in Mareeba during the 1870s, looking for new grazing fields. As they reached what is now Nettle Creek they found its water to be so hot that they had to cross it further down. The water flows from the sand at between 80 and 90 degrees Celsius. A lease of 4 hectares including the hot springs was granted to Antonie Anticeric in 1886 and later transferred to C.O. Garbutt, owner of the Woodleigh Station, who built a hut and three bath cubicles, which brought the spring to public attention. The area was a favourite destination for campers, who were attracted by claimed curative properties of the water and compared it with famous thermal spas in Europe. The water was bottled and sent to the old continent to be used for medicinal purposes up until 1914. The hot springs are still commercially operated and receive visitors from all over Australia and overseas.
Location of Mount Gibson fossicking area:  6 Km north-west of Innot Hot Springs.  From Kennedy Hwy, turn-off at Broken Gully Road.
This fossicking site was established in 1996 by an agreement between the landholder, the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy and Herberton Shire Council, for the benefit of tourists and recreational fossickers. The area has been previously mined and it is rich in gem topaz that is usually colourless, though golden and blue colours have also been found. Topaz is a transparent, hard stone, 8 on the Moh's Scale. The most prized gems are wine-coloured, but they may also be white, brown, orange, blue and pink. You shouldn’t drive a car past Gibson Gully (see map below) unless it is a 4WD. Access to Mount Gibson is allowed to whoever has acquired a Fossickers Licence, with no need to request permission from the landholder. To purchase a fossicking licence or fossicking camping permit contact the Mareeba District Office, 28 Peters Street, Mareeba QLD 4880 PO Box 2266, Mareeba QLD 4880 Phone: (07) 4048 4785 Fax: (07) 4092 4224 Email: mines.mareeba@dnrm.qld.gov.au To purchase a fossicking licence online or camping permit, visit: http://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/fossicking/licences-permits/purchase/
PLEASE SHUT GATE AFTER ENTERING OR LEAVING Mount Gibson fossicking area map.

INNOT HOT SPRINGS

and

MOUNT GIBSON FOSSICKING AREA

INNOT HOT SPRINGS

and

MOUNT GIBSON FOSSICKING AREA

Location of Innot Hot Springs: Kennedy Hwy, 15 Kilometres east of Mount Garnet.
John Atherton, led a group of men west of his property in Mareeba during the 1870s, looking for new grazing fields.  As they reached what is now Nettle Creek they found its water to be so hot that they had to cross it further down. The water flows from the sand at between 80 and 90 degrees Celsius. A lease of 4 hectares including the hot springs was granted to Antonie Anticeric in 1886 and later transferred to C.O. Garbutt, owner of the Woodleigh Station, who built a hut and three bath cubicles, which brought the spring to public attention. The area was a favourite destination for campers, who were attracted by claimed curative properties of the water and compared it with famous thermal spas in Europe. The water was bottled and sent to the old continent to be used for medicinal purposes up until 1914. The hot springs are still commercially operated and receive visitors from all over Australia and overseas.
Location of Mount Gibson fossicking area:  6 Km north-west of Innot Hot Springs.  From Kennedy Hwy, turn-off at Broken Gully Road.
PLEASE SHUT GATE AFTER ENTERING OR LEAVING Mount Gibson fossicking area map.
This fossicking site was established in 1996 by an agreement between the landholder, the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy and Herberton Shire Council, for the benefit of tourists and recreational fossickers. The area has been previously mined and it is rich in gem topaz that is usually colourless, though golden and blue colours have also been found. Topaz is a transparent, hard stone, 8 on the Moh's Scale. The most prized gems are wine-coloured, but they may also be white, brown, orange, blue and pink. You shouldn’t drive a car past Gibson Gully (see map below) unless it is a 4WD. Access to Mount Gibson is allowed to whoever has acquired a Fossickers Licence, with no need to request permission from the landholder. To purchase a fossicking licence or fossicking camping permit contact the Mareeba District Office, 28 Peters Street, Mareeba QLD 4880. PO Box 2266, Mareeba QLD 4880 Phone: (07) 4048 4785 Fax: (07) 4092 4224 Email: mines.mareeba@dnrm.qld.gov.au To purchase a fossicking licence online or camping permit, visit this page.