Group Dig.

I’ve had a couple of inquiries about what has been going on lately, no new posts.

Simple answer…. nothing new or exciting has happened. It’s all been rather boring really. Nothing worth talking about in the gold finds. My take home amounts have been horribly small or nonexistent.

On the first of July I participated in a group dig at the Gympie fossicking area. The day was organized on “Gympie Gold Fossicking” page on Facebook.

A cold morning, with a hint of frost on the ground. But the temperature climbed to a nice warm morning. There was an impressive turnout, with 22 people putting in an appearance.


The new people to gold digging, got some instruction and the experienced hands got pleasant company for the day. There were a few notable people there and all had a good time ( the admin from the Facebook page, Dustin from Gold Rat high bankers ).

Notable finds for the day….. 4 pickers, one Quartz and gold specimen and one fully terminated Quartz Crystal. Plus whatever fine gold turned up in sluices and gold pans.

A day that needs to be repeated, sometime in the future.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy bit of color for the day.

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Eureka Prospecting, Paydirt.

I’m going to do a product review, on bags of gold bearing dirt, I’ve been buying. Sometimes you just can not get away for a dig, or you just feel like a quick ( guaranteed ) gold fix. These bags of “Paydirt” are perfect. John from Eureka Prospecting is onto a guaranteed winner with this product.

The bags are available in two sizes or grades if you like. There is the “Paydirt”bag and a larger version ( larger, as in more gold content ), “Paydirt Premium”. Both types of bags also contain small gem stones and crystals. Something for everyone.


Contents of a bag of “Paydirt”.

With the release of the new “Paydirt Premium” bags, I was very interested to try them out. I was impressed by the smaller bags, and knew the premium bags, would be considerably better. With only a limited first release on offer, I placed my order, as soon as the sale opened. The whole release was sold out in about five minutes. That should let you know the quality of the product.

The gold and gemstones have been recovered previously, and added to a gravel mix. Each bag has gold and gemstones added, guaranteeing, at least a certain amount of gold return. No unnecessary panning needed. Instruction included in the bag, with a list of the possible gemstones you may find. Too easy.

So what was in the “Paydirt Premium” bag? The photo’s below will tell all.


“Paydirt Premium”.


Little pickers.


Crystals and gemstones.


1.98 grams of gold from a “Paydirt Premium” bag.

I purchased three bags, one each, for two friends and the last for me. The returns from the bags were as follows, bag one 1.56 grams, the second 1.66 grams and mine 1.98 grams. I guess, I got the lucky bag. It was exciting to find the terminated crystals in the dirt, something I did not expect. I’ll have to do some research into the types of gemstones in the bag, to work out what I have, but the large red stone has my interest. I might try to get that cut.

All of Johns contact details and information are listed below. For my overseas readers, message John to arrange an order and shipping. Top quality product, at reasonable prices.



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A Day in The Jungle.

Exploring new places, wild and overgrown.

A few pans here and there. A show of color. Great surroundings, and a new gold location.

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End of year.


This has been a great year fossicking for gold. I’ve met lots of nice people, made more friends. Got back in touch with others I haven’t seen in ages. It’s just been productive and healthy….. go 2016.


I had a good couple of days in the goldfields. A few buckets netted me over a gram. With a couple of small pickers.20161229_15385420161229_153751

The best thing is the company of friends and the unknown. You never know what will turn up. And you never know who will find the next big piece of gold.


This year I’ve dug almost ten grams of gold. It’s hard going with only a pick and shovel. But it’s been enjoyable. There will always be a dream of some unfound nugget, waiting, hidden…..

Perhaps in the next shovel of dirt.



Adventure is always exciting. Come with me on the next adventure.

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One Ounce of Gold.

It has taken five years, a lot of digging, a lot of traveling, and a lot of time. But I’ve got there…. finally.


The great “Troy Ounce”.

If I can add a little more to make up for the impurities…. The black sand, the stones, and the cost of refining….. I might get myself a one ounce cast bar.

A lot of if’s….

A lot of fun times getting to this point.

Living a dream, takes time.

Effort in something you enjoy is worth the effort.

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Gympie GPA.


I’ve been digging at the Gympie GPA for a few months now. Getting away on weekends or rainy days, when work has been cancelled. There has been more than enough colour in my river sluice, to keep it very exciting. I’ve has pieces of Clay “Cutty Pipe” dating back to the 1880’s, old glass and porcelain fragments and of course there has been the gold.

The discovery of gold heralded the origin of mining in Queensland. Mr. Stutchbury, the Government Geologist of New South Wales, found gold near Port Curtis in 1853, and later in 1856, traces were reported on Canning Downs, near Warwick.

Reports of gold discoveries soon followed at numerous sites including Canoona ( 35 miles north of Rockhampton ) and nearby Crocodile Creek in 1865. Each discovery set off a new rush and a scramble to register a mining lease.

Queenslanders were already in a state of excitement when, in October 1867, James Nash announced his discovery of gold at Gympie. Nash’s announcement of a payable gold field came at an opportune time, for Queensland was in the throes of a severe economic crisis.

Fifty firsts number 10 QSA Item 435626 Gympie Goldfield

Fifty firsts number 10 QSA Item 435626 Gympie Goldfield

Four miners and a winch underground at Gympie Goldfield, c 1897.

Within 6 months, 15 000 men had travelled from the surrounding towns and reports of an ounce per pan were common. The largest nugget found in Queensland came from Gympie. Weighing in at 30 kilograms ( 975 oz ), the Curtis Nugget, was named after it’s finder George Curtis. It had been unearthed in February 1868.

The Gympie GPA, follows Deep Creek through it’s gully. It cuts through ground containing the “Columbia, Smithfield, Monkland, Nevermind and Russel Reefs”. All these reefs have been worked, but something is always left behind for us, the fossicker. The big pieces of gold are long gone…. or are they.

Gympie rail bridge

This is the GPA area in it’s hay day. The rail bridge is still there and in use, as are the mullock heaps. I’m working an area just downstream from one of the mollock heaps, maybe some of the gold I’ve found has come from the tailings from the mine shaft.


Nice little pieces still show up regularly. I suppose one, little nugget, every two or three trips, is the average. My last dig netted me two pieces, that were about half a gram each.

0.57 grams my largest single piece to date.

0.57 grams my largest single piece to date.

I make the trip from Brisbane. I leave early in the morning and drive back in the afternoon, it’s about 90 minutes each way. A lot shorter time than travelling south or west to Warwick.

Gympie Goldfield produced 4, 084, 720 ounces of gold….. and still counting. I’m going to add to the total tomorrow. Good luck to all the treasure hunters out there.

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Gold from Queensland.

Tried to get away for a dig on Sunday morning, but the weather was not cooperating. The rain just got heavier and heavier. Made it as far as “Wild Horse Mountain” and breakfast at “Hungry Jacks” before to deciding to call it quits.
Monday was fine weather, but my digging buddy was unavailable. Public holiday spent relaxing, is better than nothing.
Rained again on Monday night….. got to job site Tuesday morning and…. flooded. I was heartbroken.
Heartbroken might be a little bit strong of a word…..
I threw the gear into the vehicle…. and disappeared in a cloud of dust. Spent a hour waiting for an accident to clear on the highway, but soon enough, I was there. This is my inspiration for the post title. Shape of Queensland.

Rain helps with gold fossicking in so many ways…. it provides water to work the material. It makes the ground soft, I want to say that again…. soft. It’s so much easier than hard as concrete, ground. Anyone who has dug the ground at Warwick will know exactly what I mean. And it keeps the dust down.
Less than five hours gave me a nice little pile of gold pieces.


Safely home again. Till next time. Bye.


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