Gold nugget one of a kind

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Empty handed after a day’s fossicking? Don’t worry, you can still take home your own gold nugget including a very rare, one of a kind 52-ounce monster rock worth $200,000.

Now available for sale at the TerrEstrial Visitor Information Centre, the nuggets, which have been sourced within a 40km radius of Georgetown come in a range of sizes to suit any budget. 

“We have just started selling them on consignment for a local prospector. They come nicely displayed in individual cases and make lovely gifts,” TerrEstrial Georgetown manager Tamsin Alderton says.

“There are tiny nuggets half the size of your fingernail starting at around $100 available as well as larger 50 cent piece size items priced at around $3200.”

It is unlikely the $200,000 gold nugget will sell anytime soon, but it certainly is a good talking point.

“The local jeweller moulds his own gold to make jewellery for TerrEstrial and we have gemstones available supplied by Mt Surprise Gems giving us a range of items unique to this region.”

More than just an accredited visitor information centre, TerrEstrial Georgetown is a tourism attraction in itself.

It is home to the Ted Elliot Mineral Collection, which was Australia’s largest private collection of minerals, gemstones and fossils from around the world, before being purchased by the Etheridge Shire Council and placed on display in 2003. The collection contains more than 4500 items.

An outdoor display of mining equipment and a peace monument can also be viewed.