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Tips for gold prospectors to stay sane at home during the COVID-19 crisis

Posted 02/04/2020 in Things to do

Under stage 3 restrictions in Victoria, people are only allowed to leave their homes for four reasons: food and supplies, medical care, work and education, and exercise. What does this mean for gold prospectors, who use recreational prospecting for their exercise and mental well-being?

Unfortunately, it has been confirmed by the Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria that any form of gold prospecting that is NOT on your own land is now strictly prohibited until further notice. Many thanks to PMAV for chasing this information up for everyone.

The Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria released a statement on their Facebook page (03/04/2020) providing this update. 

So what CAN you do to stay sane while staying safe at home?

These restrictions will not be easy for a lot of people, so I thought I'd throw together some ideas to help keep that gold fever from getting out of hand while staying safely at home. Check out the list below:
  • Browse historical gold maps of the Victorian Goldfields online for free
  • Learn more about historical goldfields by searching Trove's free online newspaper archives
  • Order some paydirt online and pan at home
  • Save up for some new prospecting equipment to use when you can get back out there
  • Check out interesting online photos and information of gold history locations throughout the Victorian Goldfields
  • Plan out the details for your ultimate catch-up prospecting trip you'll take when this is all over
  • Explore some of the Victorian Goldfields' dark history
  • Take a look at interesting historical items from the gold rush on National Museum of Australia's website
  • Check out the State Library of Victoria's online guide for researching Victoria's gold history
  • Order some gold prospecting books online and spend your time at home learning more about gold prospecting methods, technique, equipment, locations and history.
  • Spend some time cleaning and organising your prospecting/camping equipment
  • Crush up and pan some of those "this seems way too heavy to be just quartz" rocks you've got lying around
  • Watch gold prospecting YouTube videos
  • Watch the Victorian Historical Mine Shaft Chasers extensive collection of videos, where they explore hundreds of Victoria's abandoned underground gold mines (Check them out on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram)
  • Read digitised online diaries and memoirs from the Victorian gold rush.
  • Have a go navigating Australia's 19th century goldfields in this neat little online decision-making game by National Museum of Australia
  • Play Gold Rush: The Game on Steam, a realistic gold prospecting / mining simulation game
  • Check out the TV series 'Dominion Creek' on Netflix, about three Irish brothers who arrive in the Yukon during the gold rush hoping to strike it rich.
  • Watch Gold Rush: Parkers Trail, the latest season is set in Australia! There are some full episodes available to watch on YouTube.
Got any more ideas? Let us know in the comments below!




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