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Kirk Dam - Paddys Ranges

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From Possum Gully Road, turn onto Possum Gully Track and follow it a short way into Paddys Ranges until you see the turn off sign for Kirk Dam.

Features

Kirk Dam in Paddys Ranges is a fascinating example of the effect gold mining has had on the local land.

A brief walk around the area surrounding the dam will take you among dozens of shallow mine shafts and countless mullock heaps. There's also a large ring-shaped depression in the ground where miners used to operate a puddling machine to extract gold from the clay.

If you are going to wander around this interesting area be very cautious of any possible deep mine shafts or unstable ground.

Gold prospecting is permitted in this part of the Paddys Ranges State Park, however please note that the gold puddler itself is a significant historical artifact and must not be disturbed. To check which other areas of Paddys Ranges you can gold prospect in, please see this map from Parks Victoria.



DID YOU KNOW...

  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • Evidence of the mid-late 1800's gold rush can be found throughout the Victorian goldfields in the form of abandoned mine shafts and tunnels, mullock heaps, buildings and ruins, circular puddling troughs, remains of cyanide vats, and quartz kilns.
  • 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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