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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, where miners were working an ancient river bed. 

It's an interesting place for bushwalking and birdwatching. 

Safety warning

Be careful if driving through the area, as there is a spot in one of the roads where the ground over an old mine is starting to fall in, leaving a hole in the road. Best not to drive over this part. 

There are also lots of deep open mine shafts throughout the area. Be careful if walking off the track. 

History of Pickpocket Diggings

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.

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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.


  • 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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