Just been away for the weekend. Travelled to Durikai Forest area for a dig, with a friend. We left early on Saturday morning, travelling three hours to our location, west of Warwick.
Booking into the camp ground, we headed to the back of the property to dig in a spot that looks relatively unworked. I’ll name this “Wild Pig Gully”, I think I’ve seen feral pig signs in the gully, so I’ll be long gone before darkness falls.
I worked a pile of gravel and rock washed out of a waterfall pool, that had been built up over time. There’s gold in that stuff, but it’s fine. I’m nowhere near bedrock as far as I can see. Maybe the big gold pieces are there waiting for me.
Battling through the clay is the hard part. Soaking buckets of dirt and rocks to try and soften the clay is a long process. And there seems to be more rock than dirt.
But that is the thrill of fossicking, you never know what you can find.
A little after midday, we headed back to camp for lunch. I had eight small bit of gold and we are talking small. My friend had six or so pieces of wire from his new Minelab 7000. Good start.
The afternoon was spent with him swinging the detector and me taking photo’s of bedrock around the property. Then the afternoon thunderstorm came in. It made detecting with the 7000 impossible, so back to camp.
We chatted to our neighbours, who had been detecting in the area that day as well. They had no luck, but the weeks previously, had done quite well. A few cold drinks and the lightning flashing, the thunder making us flinch, and nothing more than a gentle rain falling.
That was us for Saturday. Sunday we explored an area of the Durikai Forest, where mining had been undertaken by the old timers during the gold rush.