Fossicking for Gold


Where does Gold come from?


Gold is actually created when a star explodes into a supernova. Scientific evidence has proved gold travelled to earth via asteroids millions of years ago. Over millions of years magma flowed through these gold-bearing rocks and due to the weight and properties of the gold, it's been carried away to create lodes and veins. Gold flakes and nuggets broke off and were distributed around the earth by water’s currents.


How do you find Gold?


Beginner prospectors use methods such as metal detecting, panning or sluicing.




Detecting can be an expensive yet highly rewarding method of gold recovery. Although most Australian gold fields have been worked over extensively.





If done properly gold panning can be extremely effective. Learn about crevicing to dramatically increase your chance of finding gold flakes. This method is time consuming and requires a lot of patience.




Sluicing is a much faster way to recover gold. This method required a sluice box and a flowing creek, alternatively you may use a high-banker and any water source.


Types of Gold?


Gold Nuggets (Alluvial Gold)

Gold in Quartz (Reef Gold)

Gold Flakes

Panning Like a Pro


Choosing the right detector


Not every detector is suitable for finding gold, especially in highly mineralised areas.The detectors listed below are most effective for gold recovery.


Fisher Gold Bug Pro

Gold Monster 1000

Garret AT Gold


The Price of Gold


If you're lucky enough to find a gold nugget, dependant on size and shape, they are generally worth 20-50% more than the current price of gold.




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