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Gold prospecting guide for Ballarat Victoria

Posted 05/02/2021 in Gold



Are you looking to try your luck gold prospecting around Ballarat? The region is world famous for the huge alluvial gold nugget discoveries which continue to hit the news today! Ballarat and surrounds is a fantastic area for gold detecting, panning and sluicing, and we've put together this handy gold prospecting guide to get you started in the area. 

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 Ballarat

As well as on crown land, gold prospecting is permitted in the following forests and reserves around Ballarat. 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.
  • Creswick Regional Park
  • Creswick State Forest
  • Ross Creek State Forest
  • Enfield State Forest
  • Enfield State Park
  • Wombat State Forest
  • Woowookarung Regional Park
  • Lal Lal State Forest
  • Glen Park State Forest
  • Long Point Bushland Reserve

Gold panning and sluicing around Ballarat

Creeks and rivers where prospecting is not permitted
Some of the rivers and creeks around Ballarat are off limits for prospecting, with the Moorabool River, Yarrowee River, and Creswick Creek all appearing on Earth Resources' list of rivers and streams where you can't prospect for gold.

Creeks and rivers where prospecting is allowed

Fortunately there are plenty of other rivers and creeks around Ballarat which are open for gold prospecting, including:
  • Burrumbeet Creek
  • Woady Yaloak River
  • Slaty Creek
  • Mount Misery Creek
There are lots of other small creeks and gullies throughout the area, some seasonal, just be sure to double check that their name does not appear on that list of restricted rivers and streams before heading out. 

There are plenty of old mining dams throughout the state forests which can be utilised for gold panning and highbanking as well. These are easily spotted on Google Maps satellite view. These dams will generally hold water further into summer than the small seasonal gullies throughout the forests. 

Slaty Creek, Creswick

Slaty Creek in Creswick is a popular destination for gold prospectors due to the three free campgrounds along the creek and the extensive surrounding forest for gold detecting. Visitors please note that Slaty Creek is a shallow, seasonal creek which will dry up during summer (but retains puddles here and there after summer rains). 

Slaty Creek is a great place to bring the family on a casual trip for easy access to a gold panning creek from the campsite. Prospectors may prefer to find a spot on the creek further from the campground, as the area around camp is very regularly worked for gold. 

Mount Misery Creek, Enfield

Mount Misery Creek is very seasonal and rarely has running water. This creek is best to visit after heavy rains and during the winter months.

MAPS FOR THE AREA


GOLD SHOPS, PROSPECTING TOURS AND DETECTOR HIRE AROUND BALLARAT

INTERESTING GOLD MINING HISTORY AROUND BALLARAT

The area around Ballarat is filled with fascinating ruins and relics of the region's rich mining history, including 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 BALLARAT

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

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GREEN AND GOLD PROSPECTING


Are you looking for in-depth gold prospecting training, tips and tricks in Victoria's Golden Triangle? Green and Gold Prospecting provide exclusive one on one gold prospecting tours and training days, specialising in the Bendigo and Castlemaine regions. Great to book on your own or as a fun day out with the family, a training session with Green and Gold Prospecting offers valuable insight into the world of gold prospecting, and equips you with the knowledge you need to successfully search for gold on your own.

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