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Gold prospecting guide for Maryborough Victoria

Posted 02/02/2021 in Gold

Maryborough is a popular destination for gold prospectors. Countless massive gold nuggets have been found throughout the region since the 1850s, with significant discoveries still being unearthed today! 

If you're interested in trying your luck gold prospecting around Maryborough, whether it's with a gold detector, gold pan, or sluice, we've put together this handy guide to get you started. 

If you haven't already got one, be sure to grab a Miners Right before you head out looking for gold (you can purchase one here).

Where to go gold detecting around Maryborough

As well as on crown land, gold prospecting is permitted in the following forests and reserves around Maryborough. 

Please note that this list is not complete (there are many smaller reserves throughout the area which aren't on this list), but will make a good starting point.

Gold panning and sluicing around Maryborough

Maryborough is typically quite dry, and most the creeks and gullies where prospecting is permitted are seasonal. 

Water can be scarce in the area during summer, and many gullies will have minimal flow throughout winter as well (which can be fine for panning and highbanking, but not great for river sluices).

Creeks and rivers around Maryborough where prospecting is not permitted
Most of the larger rivers and creeks around Maryborough are off limits for prospecting, with the Loddon River, Avoca River, Bet Bet Creek, McCallum's Creek and Tullaroop Creek all appearing on Earth Resources' list of rivers and streams where you can't prospect for gold.

Creeks and rivers around Maryborough where prospecting is allowed

There are still some small creeks and gullies throughout the area where gold prospecting is allowed, including Back Creek which runs alongside Talbot and Four Mile Creek which runs through Simson / Havelock.

There are loads of creeks and gullies throughout the State Forests which are small and seasonal, with many of them only holding water after rains. 

These can be spotted on Google Maps, and are worth checking out during the wetter parts of the year. Just be sure to double check that their name does not appear on that list before heading out. 

If you have a gold pan or a highbanker, there are plenty of old mining dams throughout the state forests which can be utilised as well. 

These are easily spotted on Google Maps satellite view. These dams will generally hold water further into summer than the gullies throughout the forests. 

Maps for the area



The bushland around Maryborough is filled with fascinating ruins and relics of the region's rich mining history.

Places to explore include historic mines, old diggings, gold puddlerssurfaced areas, discarded boilers, and the remains of old cyanide plants. 

These sites are definitely worth checking out while you're in the area:

Free campgrounds around Maryborough

Paddys Ranges Campground, Adelaide Lead VIC

Turn your prospecting trip into a camping trip, with plenty of great options around Maryborough. 
Self-sufficient campers can also set up camp throughout the State Forests of the area. 

Stay safe while gold prospecting

Always be wary where you are walking when gold detecting in the bush, as there are lots of unexpected open mine shafts throughout the area. You will also encounter uneven ground, slippery clay in wet weather, and there is always the possibility of encountering snakes in summer. Always let someone know where you are going before heading out bush.

Other local gold prospecting guides



Established in 1980, the Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria is a voluntary body created to protect the rights and opportunities of those who wish to prospect, fossick or mine in the State of Victoria, Australia.

You can support the PMAV in their fight to uphold these rights by becoming a member. You'll also gain access to exclusive publications, field days, prospecting tips, discounts and competitions.

Check out the PMAV website for more information.




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