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Places to find gold in Victoria's Golden Triangle

Posted 23/06/2020 in Gold

If you are looking for places in Victoria's Golden Triangle to find gold, this list provides some popular areas to get you started where gold detecting, panning or sluicing is permitted and gold is still being found regularly. 

Each location also includes a collection of helpful resources for the area such as historical goldfields maps, newspaper archives, creeks and dams in the area, forum posts, YouTube videos, campgrounds, and more.


This list will be added to regularly, follow the Goldfields Guide Facebook page for updates.

INDEX (click to go to each section)

Central Goldfields Shire
Hepburn Shire


CENTRAL GOLDFIELDS SHIRE

CRAIGIE STATE FOREST


Nearby towns
  • Maryborough
  • Carisbrook
Campgrounds
Water
  • Mostly dry gullies which get some water during winter
  • Lots of small mining dams
Historical goldfields maps
Digitised newspaper archives (Trove)

When browsing newspaper articles for the Maryborough district, keep an eye out for mentions of: Blackmans Lead, Mosquito Flat, Telegraph Reef, Flagstaff Gully. These are all located within the Craigie State Forest.
Location on Google Maps
Places of interest within the Craigie State Forest

Moliagul Historic RESERVE


Nearby towns
  • Moliagul
  • Dunolly
  • Inglewood
Nearby accommodation
Campgrounds
Forum Threads (Prospecting Australia Forum)
Digitised newspaper archives (Trove)

When browsing newspaper articles for the Moliagul district, keep an eye out for mentions of: Bulldog Reef, Stuart Reef, Queen Reef, Nuggety Reef, Robertson Reef, Mount Moliagul. These are all located within the Moliagul Historic Reserve. There are also lots of articles about the Welcome Stranger nugget which was discovered here.
YouTube
Location on Google Maps
Places of interest within the Moliagul Historic Reserve
Notes

Talbot Nature Conservation Reserve


Nearby towns
  • Talbot
  • Maryborough
  • Clunes
Campgrounds
  • No campgrounds in this reserve
Water
  • Mia Mia Creek (small, often dry), prospecting allowed.
Historical gold maps
  • Clunes, Mt Greenock and Talbot gold fields, Mining Dept, 1883. Shows outcrops of quartz reefs, quartz reefs proved auriferous, strike and dip of rocks, points of volcanic eruption, gold workings, alluvial, post pliocene, newer volcanic, upper pliocene, lower pliocene, lower silurian, granite, and trappean. Top left corner of map 1 is the area of the Talbot Nature Conservation Reserve, Mia Mia Flat.
Digitised newspaper archives (Trove)

When browsing newspaper articles keep an eye out for mentions of Mia Mia Flat/Creek/Diggings. Try to confirm that this is the correct Mia Mia Flat through mentions of nearby Back Creek, Amherst, Talbot etc, as these were not the only diggings named Mia Mia.
  • Search results for "Mia Mia Talbot". You will need to skip past lots of reports of murders, suicides, and assaults. This area has quite a gruesome history.
Location on Google Maps
Reserve information

Hepburn Shire

Creswick Regional Park



Nearby towns
  • Creswick
  • Ballarat
Campgrounds
Water
Forum threads (Prospecting Australia Forum)
Historical goldfields maps
  • Creswick gold field, Dept of Mines, 1880. Shows quarries, shafts, springs, rock specimens, points of eruptions, dips and strikes, quartz reefs, and auriferous leads. Detailed notes to the side of the map.
  • Creswick gold field geological map, 1880. Shows quartz reefs, dips of strata, points of eruption, auriferous leads, porphyry, lower silurian, lower pliocene, middle pliocene, newer volcanic, upper pliocene, and post pliocene.
YouTube
  • Gold Luck Victoria - Gold panning, highbanking, crevicing, Facebook group as well. Has multiple videos at Slaty Creek in the Creswick Regional Park.
  • Dunky and the Rav3n - Panning, sluicing, highbanking at Slaty Creek, Creswick Regional Park.
  • Golden Triangle Prospecting - Gold panning, gold cradle, highbanker sluice, crevicing, based around Creswick
  • Shane'Oz Gold - Gold prospecting in Victorian Goldfields, trommel and highbanker sluice operation. Has a couple of videos detecting around Creswick.
Park information
Location on Google Maps
Places of interest within the Creswick Regional Park
Notes
  • Areas immediately around campgrounds have been heavily prospected

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