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Gold Prospecting

Gold prospecting is the recreational act of searching for natural gold deposits in the ground using tools such as gold detectors, gold pans and gold sluices.

The Victorian Goldfields are a popular destination for gold prospectors, with many of the world's largest alluvial gold nuggets found in the area (including the famous Welcome Stranger). 

Prospecting is allowed in most State Forests, many Reserves and private property with the land owner's permission. Prospecting is also permitted on Crown Land (except for Prohibited Crown Land), and permitted areas in certain parks under the National Parks Act. Click to read more guidelines for gold prospecting in the Victorian Goldfields.

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Places to go gold prospecting in the Victorian Goldfields

Take a look at the following list of places to go gold prospecting in the Victorian Goldfields. This is not a complete list, but shows all the places listed on Goldfields Guide where prospecting is allowed. New places are added regularly. Click through to each location for a map/address, image gallery, and detailed description...

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