The Exploration Field Skills (EFS) mapping camp provides participants with the opportunity to develop skills (or enhance existing skills) in geological mapping, core logging and structural analysis, within a mineral exploration context.

During the week-long camp in western Tasmania, participants map, interpret and ultimately assess the exploration potential of a 4−5 km2 area of Cambrian Mount Read Volcanics. The rock sequence exposed in the mapping area is similar to that hosting the nearby Rosebery and Hercules volcanic-hosted massive sulfide (VHMS) deposits, located 5−10 km further north. The area may also be prospective for Devonian base metal deposits. These are typically much smaller than the Cambrian VHMS deposits and structurally- rather than stratigraphically-controlled.To date, eight diamond drill holes have been drilled in the mapping area. Three of these will be inspected (and two re-logged) by participants during the mapping camp. One of these holes intersected a narrow interval of low grade base metal mineralisation.

Participants evaluate textural, structural, mineralogical and geochemical features of the mineralized interval, and together with an assessment of its stratigraphic position, decide whether mineralization is more likely to be Cambrian (ie early, stratigraphically-controlled) or Devonian (i.e. late, structurally-controlled).

Data collected during field mapping and core logging are used to unravel the stratigraphy and structure of the area, as well as the nature and extent of any hydrothermal alteration. This information provides the basis for an assessment of the exploration potential of the area, with participants asked to identify any previously untested areas in which base metal deposits could potentially occur within 500 m of the surface

Further course and assessment information can be found at:

Arrangements for the exploration field skills mapping camp (Feb 5 – 12, 2017)


The ideal flight bookings from Melbourne are:


Incoming Flight:



6:00am Sunday 5 February 2017, Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Domestic Terminal T4


7:15am Sunday 5 February 2017, Hobart

Cabin: Economy Duration: 1hr 15mins Aircraft: Airbus A320-200 Operated by: Jetstar Airways


Returning Flight:



4:55pm Sunday 12 February 2017, Hobart


6:15pm Sunday 12 February 2017, Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Domestic Terminal T4

Cabin: Economy Duration: 1hr 20mins Aircraft: Airbus A321 Operated by: Jetstar Airways


The JQ701 flight on Sunday the 5th is the latest we’d like people to arrive. If you arrive on JQ701, we will pick you up from the airport. If you arrive the day before (or earlier) we leave it to you to make your own way to UTAS for an 8.30 am start. Sunday 5th is spent logging drill core from the field area, which is housed at Mineral Resources Tasmania, about half-way between UTAS and the airport (15 mins either way). You will be required to find your own accommodation in Hobart on Sunday night (5th) and Saturday night (4th) if you arrive earlier.


We leave from UTAS for Queenstown a little after 8.30 am on Monday (6th) morning.


From Monday to Sunday 12th we’ll be staying at the Mountain View Motel in Queenstown. There are two options for students: basic twin-share back-packer accommodation for $290 or shared motel room with en suite for $400.


We leave Queenstown at 9 am on Sunday 12th and should be back to the airport by ~2.00 pm. However to give us a bit of slop with travel time, I recommend that you don’t book a return flight that leaves any earlier than JQ710.