Dry creeks.

Gold is still in the same places it has always been, running water or not. You need to go through the same steps to collect the gravel and you will still need some water to wash the gold loose.

From one trip to the next, conditions change.

I’ve gone from a flowing creek to a desert in a month. That’s fine. Still the same process as before….. except, now I can see what I’m doing. I can see the bedrock, and the gravel between the broken rock. Time to start digging.


Just imagine the gold working it’s way down through the cracks in the rock.

Lifting broken bedrock and cleaning it, is easy enough. It does take a while to fill a bucket full of gravel. The rewards could be good or not so good. It all comes down to your luck on the day.

At least I’m out of the house….. fresh air and nature. There is no way you could complain about that.

I used the public holiday to make the trip for three days, three days digging…. But the weather did not cooperate. Sunday afternoon saw the rain come on, and continue most of the night. Wet weather and camping do not go together.


Yes, I spent time in my hammock…. 


From flowing to dry.

Most of the Deer have been moved to another farm, not far away. We saw a half dozen on Saturday afternoon, but that was all. I did find an antler, beside the dam we were using to pan the pay dirt. Surprised at the weight of the antler, heavier than I thought it might be.


Monday was a pack-up before it started to rain again mission….. almost made it, but not quite. About ten buckets of gravel, for the whole weekend. Saturday with three buckets was the best day. Twice as much material on Sunday, for the same amount of gold.

It was a good weekend away, no matter how you look at it. Get out there, have some fun.


Deer Farm gold.

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Bunya Mountains.

Another weekend over, another great trip under the belt.

I’ve been to the deer farm, in the Bunya Mountains. What a beautiful spot. The weather was clear, with a sneaky westerly, to make Saturday night cold. The fire was raging, to keep the chill out. But you couldn’t wish for better conditions, plenty of sunshine and blue skies.


Water is cold in Winter, who would have thought?

This is the first time the creek has had water for a while. I was expecting to be cleaning dirt and gravel out of crevasses in the bedrock, but instead, I was up to the elbows in cold water. That’s refreshing on a cold morning. The gold was plentiful on the bedrock and in the cracks between the rock. Ten colors per pan, seemed to be average.

After lunch we took a trip to the “Muntapa Tunnel”. It’s nice to return to places and see the changes. The tunnel was fenced off, so there was no walking through the Bats. The Bats would fly up to your face then fly around you, without touching you. Just a gentle breeze from their wings. A great experience. The tunnel was built in 1912. The longest east/west railway tunnel through “The Great Dividing Range”.


“Muntapa Tunnel”. 1912

Nice collection of “Orbs” you guys have there ! ( Dust ?)


Looking out of the tunnel.

Sunday morning started with a herd of about 15 deer at the gate we were going through, with the buck stuck on the opposite side of the fence. He decided it was best to hide, so he lay down in the tall grass and watched us till we left. Can you see the buck? Just right of the first fence post, left of photo.


Camouflaged Deer with nice antlers.

We kept digging till about two o’clock. Cleaned up our gear and headed to camp to pack up there. I was staying another day, but my friends were heading home. I enjoyed a colorful sunset and a good nights sleep, with a light sprinkle of rain through the night.


Bedrock and gold. A trip I was looking forward too, and enjoyed very much. “Bunya Mountains” is beautiful.


Bedrock in the creek.

There was a lot of color for a small amount of material. That’s the best way to have it. A few small gemstones as well.20170807_133711

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Quick Post…

Just a quick post to let you know how it’s going.

Look at the ripples on that water flow. There is plenty of disturbance in the water flowing through the sluice, letting the gold catch behind the riffles.


The water at Deep creek is still flowing, but slowing down. A few more weeks and Deep Creek will be dry again.


Deep Creek in Gympie, still holds a few surprises. Like these chunky little bits. It’s always uplifting to see a bigger piece of gold turn up from the black sand.

Hope everyone finds some treasure on their trips. Happy fossicking.

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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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