ONE destination for a bit of fun these school holidays is now crystal clear.
Sawyers Valley Crystals and Craft has unveiled a new ‘geode cracker’, the only one of its kind in the country.
Geodes are spherical rocks – some up to 44 million years old – that contain hollow cavities lined with beautiful crystals.
But, until now, getting at the ‘treasure’ inside the rocks could be daunting.
Luckily the new cracker makes splitting geode rocks a breeze.
And it’s fun.
The machine operates by turning a ship’s wheel which, in turn applies pressure to the rock through a tightening chain belt and splits the geode rock in half.
If you don’t have a geode handy, the shop has just received a shipment of exotic specimens direct from Mexico and Morocco.
The shop, which also features local arts and crafts, is open Wednesday to Sunday so you can give it a crack.