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Quartz Mountain Geological Reserve

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Quartz Track, Lillicur VIC 3371

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  • Huge quartz outcrop
  • Deep mine shaft (covered by steel grate)
  • Bushwalking
  • Historic site
Quartz Mountain Geological Reserve, also known as Amherst Reef, Big Reef and Big Hill Reef, is an impressive reserve in Lillicur, not far from Talbot and Maryborough.

Largest remaining pure quartz outcrop in Victoria

The reserve features the largest outcrop of pure quartz rock remaining in Victoria, where the reef forms a north-south ridge approximately 0.8 km long. 

Huge masses of quartz stand over six metres high and in one spot a massive forty tonne boulder balances perilously atop the reef! 

There are large quartz boulders and smaller pieces of quartz scattered throughout the surrounding bushland.

Dunn's Reef in Muckleford is an excellent example of a gold-yielding quartz outcrop which was extracted and crushed by mining companies. It's interesting to think that Quartz Mountain, if it had contained enough gold, would have ended up the same way.

Mining at Quartz Mountain

You can see evidence of old mining operations in the form of a deep mine shaft covered by a steel grate and an old adit going in from the east side. 

These mining efforts were made in the 19th century and had very limited success. The site was abandoned in favour of more profitable areas, leaving this spectacular reef intact for us to see today.

How to get to Quartz Mountain

Access to Quartz Mountain is via Quartz Track, Lillicur. 

If you have a four wheel drive vehicle you can drive in to the reserve and up the hill to the reef, otherwise it is an easy 100 metre walk from the entrance of the reserve up to the reef.

Gold prospecting in the area

Please note that gold fossicking and prospecting is strictly prohibited within the reserve. Be very careful of mine shafts in the area.

Prospecting is permitted in the surrounding State Forest.


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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.


  • Maryborough Visitors Guide - Situated in the heart of the Victorian Goldfields, Maryborough is filled with grand 19th century architecture and surrounded by box-ironbark forests, gold mining history and a variety of beautiful historic townships. As well as visiting local cafes, restaurants, markets and nearby wineries, visitors can explore the region's gold rush history and pastoral roots through the area's many museums, galleries and historic sites.


  • 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.
  • 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.


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