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Bush Camp and Gold Puddlers

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Corner of Fiddlers Track and Slate Quarry Track, Percydale VIC 3478

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  • Informal bush camp
  • Flat clearing
  • Remains of gold puddlers beside the campsite
  • Several old mining dams
  • Lots of mining history in the surrounding area
This basic informal bush camp is comprised of a flat clearing alongside the intersection of Fiddlers and Slate Quarry Tracks in Percydale. A basic fire pit sits in the middle of the clearing, along with some large logs which make good seating. 

The remains of two gold puddling machines are right alongside the campsite up on a rise, with a small mining dam located just beyond them (often empty). 

Puddling machines, or "puddlers" were pioneered on the Victorian goldfields in 1854. This technology was developed as an affordable way of processing gold-bearing clay on a large scale. Puddling machines are a very significant development in the history of Victorian gold mining, as they are the only technology or method developed entirely on the Victorian Goldfields.

Across the other side of Fiddlers Track you will find a larger mining dam (also often empty) along with the remains of what appears to be a gold battery site with an earthen loading ramp. 

If you follow a vague old path (now overgrown, only indicated by its flat surface) up the hill, you will come to another loading ramp with a log retaining wall, and just beyond that you will come across an old mine adit. This has a locked gate, do not attempt to enter. 

Please be very cautious if walking through the bush off the track, there are deep open mine shafts in this area. 

There are lots of interesting places throughout the Percydale area, including:


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.


  • 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. 


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