The French Connection on the Queensland Gem fields

By D.C. Dumont

My last trip to Australia in 2007 was to search for gold nuggets in Western Australia but having done five trips to the goldfields, I wanted to discover another part of Australia so I decided the gemfields of central Queensland would be my next destination.

By the end of September last year, everything was settled. The air ticket was in my pocket and a camper van had been booked for 28 days.

After a rather long flight I finally arrived in Brisbane, picked up my van the next day and set out for Sapphire and Retreat Creek, where I would catch up with my Tasmanian friend, Daniel, whom I met in 2007 during the Coolgardie Gold & Gem Festival.

After an uneventful drive with seemingly countless roadworks stopping me regularly (honestly I have never seen so much roadwork in all my life) I arrived in Sapphire.

To get a feel for the place, I spent the first two nights in the caravan park where I met a number of fossickers who showed me some of their finds.

On the second day, as I was filling up the van with petrol, my eyes caught sight of a familiar face in the distance; it was my friend Daniel. The season could start!

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