Field Trips

Herberton Half-Day Trip

Wednesday 26th June, afternoon

This half-day trip to the historic tin mining township of Herberton will incorporate a visit to the information-packed Herberton Mining Museum, and a short walk around the site of the Great Northern tin mine.  Afternoon tea will be provided by the Herberton branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association.

The trip to Herberton is part of the Roger Taylor session in the conference program, and is included in conference registration fees.

Organisation of this half-day trip  has been greatly assisted by volunteers at the Herberton Mining Museum and the Tablelands Regional Council.

Requirements: good walking shoes, hat, recommended long pants and long sleeve shirt

One-Day Field Trip - Mount Carbine Tungsten Mine

Friday 28th June, all day

This is an optional one-day field trip that will travel north from Tinaroo to the tungsten mine sat Mount Carbine, then east via Julatten to the coast at Port Douglas, and then down the coastal Captain Cook Highway to finish in Cairns.

This field trip to the Mount Carbine mine site is an optional extra and is not included in the conference registration fees; delegate numbers are limited.

The Mount Carbine deposit is the largest sheeted quartz vein type-W deposit in Australia and, in the late 1980s, accounted for over 40% of Australia's annual W production. Mineralisation at Mount Carbine occurs largely in steeply dipping sheeted quartz ± feldspar ± muscovite veins haloed by chlorite-sericite alteration. The tungsten mineralisation is mainly in wolframite with minor later scheelite. Five stages of veining have been recognised, with significant mineralisation occurring in two of the stages (Cheng, 2018).

The Mount Carbine deposit was the subject of a recent metallogenic study by EGRU researchers. High precision dating of mineralisation and magmatic rocks at Mount Carbine, along with data from other tungsten, tin and gold deposits, highlighted and differentiated several magmatic and mineralising episodes in north-east Queensland.

The mine visit is made possible through  the generosity of Speciality Metals International Limited, and organisation of the field trip has been greatly assisted by Darcy Milburn, consultant to Speciality Metals.

Requirements: safety boots (steel cap), long sleeve shirt, long pants (high-vis if possible otherwise EGRU will supply a high-vis vest), sun hat

NOTE: For those who require transport back to the Tinaroo Resort, you can remain on the bus and be dropped off at the resort after the trip concludes in Cairns.  (If you require accommodation at the resort Friday night 28th please ensure you advise the resort as the conference rate will not apply)

(Image: courtesy of Darcy Milburn)