New prospecting guide could be worth its weight in gold

One hundred and seventy years on from the start of the gold rush, budding explorers are retracing the steps of pioneers and discovering that regional Victoria remains scattered with gold.

A new Guide to Recreational Prospecting in Victoria has been produced by Earth Resources Regulation to ensure fossickers know the rules as well as providing some handy tips for both newcomers and the more experienced alike.

With the school holidays about to start and autumn mild weather, now is the perfect time to download a copy of the guide and head out to the Victorian bush.

Recreational fossicking is a great activity for all including families, friends and seniors, providing opportunities to exercise, relax and socialise as well as connect with Victoria’s rich history.

Prospecting is permitted in some national parks, state parks and waterways, as well as on private property, provided you have permission.

While prospecting may involve the use of metal detectors, picks, shovels, sieves and pans, all you really need to get started is a document known as a miner’s right and an ounce of common sense.

Those out searching and panning nuggets are also spending their money across regional Victoria in the bakeries, stores and servos that support local communities and jobs for country Victorians.

Searching for gold can still result in Eureka moments, in 2019 a family discovered a $35,000 gold nugget while walking their dog north of Bendigo. Earlier that same year a gold nugget worth about $150,000 was discovered near Dunolly.

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