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Pickpocket Diggings

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Zumpes Road, Clydesdale VIC 3461

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  • Historic site
  • Gold diggings
  • Bushland
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking
The Pickpocket Diggings is a historical area alongside the Rise and Shine Nature Conservation Reserve in Clydesdale, Victoria.

There is abundant evidence of gold mining efforts through the bushland of the Pickpocket Diggings. It's an interesting place for bushwalking, birdwatching and gold prospecting.

The following paragraph, published in The Victorian Farmers Journal and Gardeners Chronicle on Saturday 13th April, 1861, mentions the 'rapidly extending' Pickpocket diggings (source):

A considerable Improvement is said to have taken place at Pickpocket, Yandoit. The diggings here are rapidly extending, and it is said that if the rush continues to spread in the manner it has recently done, it will soon reach Newstead, which is two miles distant. The reefs at Yandoit are still yielding some remarkably rich stone.


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • Gold prospecting is the recreational act of searching for natural gold deposits in the ground using tools such as gold detectors, gold pans and gold sluices. The Goldfields region of Victoria is a popular destination for gold prospectors, with many of the world's largest alluvial gold nuggets found in the area!


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