The opal fields of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia are spots to fossick for hard-won flecks of treasure and explore fascinating history.
Science & Environment
Coal seam gas may not be responsible for a flaming river in Queensland, but it still raises uncomfortable questions.
At one time, Broken Hill produced one-third of the world’s silver. Absent for decades, heavy rainfall has brought the region bursting back into vibrant life in 2011.
In the middle of Australia’s massive minerals boom, what’s life like in an outback mining town?
History & Culture
Images from the late 1800s depict the heady excitement of Australia’s Gold Rush period.
Mining threatens iron formations on the Helena and Aurora Range, home to several endemic species of flower.
On This Day
In Jan 1903, a pipeline bringing water from Perth to Western Australia’s parched goldfields began to flow.
On This Day
Seven years ago today, miners Brant Webb and Todd Russell escaped to the surface after 14 days trapped underground.
Eucalyptus trees can absorb gold and store it in their leaves, a world-first study has revealed.
Fossicking has a long history in Australia, and travellers still try their luck at striking it rich.