4WD Touring Australia – June 2018

(Ben Green) #1


While there mightn’t be as much gold as
yesteryear, the methods and equipment
used to nd it are a lot more advanced.
Even then, if you wanna line your pockets
with a couple of stray nuggets while you’re
touring the region, it’s all about research.
You’re not going to be dredging up much
paydirt if you’re completely blind to the
most productive historical areas.
Don’t just be content to look online
either, take the time and care to do some
sleuthing in small town libraries in the HC
and get some source material on where
previous rushes occurred. The hills and
valleys are literally pockmarked with old
mining sites.
You’ll nd plenty of info about the gold
mines at Mt. Feathertop and the Razor-
back, but you’ll also nd that they’re now
protected by national park, and also by the
elements for a big chunk of the year, but
you can still look slightly down the hill at
places like Bright and Harrietville.
Doing this sort of research, for example,
you’ll also nd a bunch of streams beyond
Omeo where you can try your luck, such
as Store Creek, Yahoo Creek, and Boggy
Creek. You’ll nd out this place once saw
a smaller gold rush 150 years ago, and the
area is not only stunning to drive and camp
in, it can still produce the odd gram of gold
here and there.
Obviously, whether panning creeks or

metal detecting nearby, be very aware that
you don’t want to be wading anywhere
near a raging, icy torrent.
Yep, you’re going to have to put a bit of
work in. But the beauty of prospecting the
High Country is that it’s beautiful, rugged
You have to make sure your recovery
and comms gear are in tip-top shape here,
as it’s more difcult to nd the best places to
detect. Make sure you have sturdy boots
and waders, and your clothes are dry and

THIS PAGE: When you got mountains, you got valleys. When you got
valleys, you got streams. When you got streams in the High Country, you got
alluvial gold.


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