The prospectors of the 1800s must have thought their eyes were deceiving them when they first spotted Quartz Mountain. A massive quartz outcrop located between Amherst and Lillicur where pure quartz stands in some sections at over six metres above the level of the connecting hill surface. In one section, an incredible 40-tonne boulder extends for 0.8km north from the main outcrop and balances precariously on top of the biggest quartz reef remaining in the state.
Although fossicking and prospecting is strictly prohibited these days, gold mining was undertaken back in the late nineteenth century with very little success. Creating a tunnel was also attempted, from the eastern side of the reef, however it was left unfinished after blasting through a considerable amount of quartz and ore.
The surrounding area is rich with over 230 species of wildflowers along with orchids and eucalypts including Red Ironbark, Grey Box and Yellow Gum.