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No Gold Here Dam Track, Amherst VIC 3371

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No Gold Here Dam is a seasonal dam within the Daisy Hill State Forest. It's located alongside No Gold Here Dam Track in Amherst, Victoria. 

The dam is surrounded by bushland and historic gold diggings. 

This area is great for bushwalking and gold prospecting. Be wary of mine shafts and uneven ground if walking off the track. 

Although the track is marked as a dead end on the map, it continues further around behind the dam before reaching another unmarked track. 

Free camping at No Gold Here Dam

Please note that there are no facilities here. Campers must be self-sufficient.

If you follow No Gold Here Dam Track around the dam, just around the corner you will come across a roadside makeshift fire pit. 

At this fire pit you may find room to pitch a tent or park an RV, but there is no large clear area here. A good climbing tree for kids lies between the fire pit and the dam, and a small pet grave made of stones and sticks lies at the foot of another nearby tree.

If you continue to follow the track around behind No Gold Here Dam, you will soon find a much larger clearing with a makeshift stone fire pit in its centre. There is plenty of room for camping here.

Gold prospecting in the area

The Daisy Hill State Forest near Amherst is a great area for gold prospecting. 

No Gold Here Dam makes a great destination for self-sufficient campers to set up camp for a weekend of gold detecting. 

During the winter months the dam should have water in it for panning or sluicing. 

The Maryborough area is a popular destination for gold prospectors. 

Countless massive gold nuggets have been found throughout the region since the 1850s, with significant discoveries still being unearthed today! 

If you're interested in trying your luck gold prospecting around Maryborough, whether it's with a gold detector, gold pan, or sluice, we've put together this handy guide to get you started


Geological map of the Maryborough gold field which shows historical features in superb detail, including reefs, leads, gullies/flats, and old workings. Originally published by the Department of Crown Lands and Survey, early 20th century. High quality, durable A1 print in a satin finish. Large, 594 x 891 mm. Go to online shop.


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.
  • Camping is a great way to explore the Victorian Goldfields. Many campgrounds are located close to interesting attractions and historic sites, and the Goldfields region is certainly not lacking in fascinating things to discover. 
  • Kids love to climb! There are plenty of places throughout the Goldfields with great trees, rocks, fallen logs and more for kids to climb up, around and over.
  • 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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