Chinaman Creek Gold Mine.

This weekend saw a group from Queensland prospecting club go to Kenilworth, gold panning. We all met up outside the caravan park at Cambroon.  Chosen because of the ease of access to our destination. A short drive over dirt roads, put us on the shady banks of Chinaman Creek.

Some of the group

Chinaman Creek is rocky bottomed, with palm trees, cool, clear water, and a serenity that makes you think, no one has ever been there before. Quite a few gold mines have operated in the immediate area, one taking the name of the creek as it’s own name, another was called “Rum Ball”, and a third which is close to the area we were in is called the “Comet Mine”.  The Comet was still in operation until recently. The miner used a tractor to remove ore from the mine, driving it into the mine, and coming out with ore in tow.

The “Comet Mine” tractor?

We panned in the creek for a couple of hours for little return.

Old mine machinery on Chinaman Creek.

The caretaker on the property, was only to happy to show us around.

Stamper, Chinaman Creek.

Littler & Bruce Engineering, Rockhampton.

The historical information and sights were the true discoveries on this trip. We spoke to some of the land owners in the area, these people were not to happy with prospectors. It seems we were the only group to follow the rules. You must get permission to fossick on private land. The people doing the wrong thing, are just making it hard for the rest of us.

Go and explore somewhere new, talk to new people, and live a little.


About ivoradventures

Lives Brisbane north. Age 47. Male. Interests-heaps of stuff. Camping, fishing, and gold panning, keeps me quite busy. I still find time to cook,and spend time family and friends. I truly enjoy my daughters company(Shannon), but don't see enough of her since she moved out. There is a certain type of beauty that exists only in the wild places, and it calls to you. Go and explore! And drag someone with you.
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12 Responses to Chinaman Creek Gold Mine.

  1. kowarie says:

    We used to own the property where the crusher is located and my uncle used to mine the underground gold mine on the property next door. I appreciated seeing the pictures and I am glad some of the old historical mining artifacts are still there.

  2. Chris says:

    I live in Chinaman creek road Cambroon and we have a watercourse through our property and I have panned around a little here and there but have found nothing.
    where is the old mines? I would like to visit some time.

  3. Trevor Percival says:

    I love early Australian mining history and am pleased to see the recent photos of Chinaman Creek mining relics which should be left as they are to remind us of the hardships the tenacious early miners had to put up with. I am an active 77 year old and still like to get out for the occasional fossick

  4. Len Marks says:

    I am the miner who used to mine the “Comet Mine”. Last mined in approximately 1990. I am a 73 year old married person (though I wasn’t married when I was operating the Comet at first but was married in 1984) There is a history of Chinaman Creek which is lost which I may write – eg. Eddy and Doris who used to live in the old house.

    • Maree Clancy says:

      Hi Len, I am currently putting together a brief history of Chinaman Creek on behalf of Sunshine Coast Council and was wondering if you could offer further insight into the history of the valley?

  5. Nice to hear every bodies stories.
    Len Marks, I hope you write a history and get it published. It would be great to read.

  6. bushboy says:

    Hope Len writes his piece. I’d collect such a work. Well done Ivor.

  7. Alan franks says:

    I have lived in chinaman ck rd since 1989 , and remember Lens mining , this group that visited were very polite and considerate of private property,,,, as opposed to the many that I have had to remove from our land ,, the tractor in the photo is unlikely to have had anything to do with mining . It is too big , Lens tractor was half the size , the comet mine and many others are now home to several species of endangered micro bats ,

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