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.
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.
We panned in the creek for a couple of hours for little return.
The caretaker on the property, was only to happy to show us around.
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.