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Where to go gold panning in Victoria

Posted 12/10/2022 in Gold

Looking to try your luck gold panning in Victoria? Take a look through this handy list of gold-bearing creeks to get you started! 

Whether you're just starting out or you're looking to try new places to find gold, you may be asking "where can I pan for gold in Victoria?"

While there are many, many creeks and rivers for you to try your luck in, we have gathered together this quick list of places where prospecting is permitted and you have a good chance of finding gold

Andersons Creek

You are allowed to prospect in the bed of Andersons Creek off Gold Memorial Road within the Warrandyte State Park. 

Resources for gold prospecting in Andersons Creek

Forest Creek

Forest Creek, Mount Alexander. Image source: State Library Victoria.

Prospecting is allowed in Forest Creek as it does not appear on the list of exempt rivers and streams

One of the most famous goldfields of the Victorian gold rush, the renowned Forest Creek Diggings attracted thousands upon thousands of hopeful miners from all over the world! 

The rush here began in the latter part of 1851, and it was not long before the entire area was busy with diggers, tents, cradles and tin dishes, and seemingly endless ounces of gold were being obtained from the rich earth. 

Fryers Creek

Prospecting is allowed in Fryers Creek as it does not appear on the list of exempt rivers and streams

Running through Vaughan and Fryerstown near Castlemaine, Fryers Creek was the scene of a great gold rush in the 1850s. 

Mount Misery Creek

Prospecting is allowed in Mount Misery Creek as it does not appear on the list of exempt rivers and streams

Located within Enfield State Park where nearly half the park is available for prospecting, including a 20 metre strip either side of Mount Misery Creek. 

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. 

Through most of the year you're more likely to find a bit of water for gold panning than any running water for river sluicing. 

Resources for gold prospecting in Mount Misery Creek

Reedy Creek

Reedy Creek, Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park

Reedy Creek is on the list of exempt rivers and streams, but you are allowed to prospect in Reedy Creek within designated areas of the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park. 

Reedy Creek is well known for gold panning, sluicing and highbanking, and typically yields plenty of fine gold. 

This is a great spot for beginners to have a go panning for gold, and a great spot for crevicing due to the huge areas of exposed bedrock found along the creek. 

Resources for gold prospecting in Reedy Creek

Sailors Creek

Sailors Creek at The Blowhole Gold Diversion Tunnel, Hepburn VIC

Prospecting is allowed in Sailors Creek as it does not appear on the list of exempt rivers and streams. Sailors Creek runs through the Hepburn Regional Park near Daylesford. 

There are plenty of crevicing spots along the creek, and it's also popular for gemstone fossicking. 

Slaty Creek

Prospecting is allowed in Slaty Creek as it does not appear on the list of exempt rivers and streams. Slaty Creek runs through the Creswick Regional Park.

Slaty Creek is a popular destination for gold prospectors due to the three free campgrounds along the creek and the extensive surrounding forest for gold detecting. 

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. 

Resources for gold prospecting in Slaty Creek

Sutherland Creek

Prospecting is allowed in Sutherland Creek as it does not appear on the list of exempt rivers and streams

Please note that Sutherland Creek passes through the Steiglitz Historic Park - within this park, gold panning is only permitted one kilometre down from the Meredith-Steiglitz Road Bridge. Prospectors with a miner's right are permitted to use pans, cradles and hand tools within the creek bed only. Please protect the creek bank environment. 

Sutherland Creek also passes through the Brisbane Ranges National Park - prospecting is not permitted in this section. 

Resources for gold prospecting in Sutherland Creek



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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West Gippsland Gold
Have you done any research into the gold bearing locations / history of the gold fields in West Gippsland (separate from Walhalla). ie Russells Creek Goldfield (Willow Grove )