There are a few locations around Brisbane to try gold panning. All require a road trip of at least three hours travel time.
These spots are designated fossicking areas or allow fossicking as an activity, on their properties. First I’ll look to the north. Gympie fossicking area is located in the middle of Gympie. Accommodation is readily available in motels throughout the area. I don’t know what camping is available close by or what caravan parks might be like. I haven’t stayed in Gympie overnight.
Gold in this part of Deep Creek was derived from weathering and erosion of several reefs in the vicinity, namely the “Columbia, Smithfield, Monkland, Never Mind and Russell reefs.” Pockets of gold may have been missed by early miners or gold could have been redeposited through flooding, over the years since the gold rush.
While in the area, do stop at the Historical Museum and find out about “The Golden City”, that saved the Colony of Queensland. Museums location is on the map.
Northwest of Brisbane, along the D’Aguilar Highway, to the township of Nanango, and the “Seven Mile Diggings”. There are several caravan parks in the area. The fossicking area can be driven to in a car, but the tracks inside the fossicking area are far to rough for anything but a 4×4. If you don’t want to drive over the rough terrain, walking is the other option ( maybe a bike? ). Take lots of drinking water.
Water for panning can be found at Yarraman Creek. There is a nice flat area on the creek, that people camp on, a decent sized swimming hole was at the same location at my last visit to the area. Try under large rocks in Yarraman Creek, and at the bottom of gullies running down towards the creeks.
Fossicking licences are required in Queensland. They can be purchased from…… Queensland Mines Department, Brisbane Gold, Information centres at Gympie and Warwick. Gold pans can be purchased from Brisbane Gold ( online or over the phone, and shipped to you.) I have seen gold pans in BCF, once. Anaconda at Morayfield has gold fossicking equipment. Pans can be bought at the Historical Museum at Gympie and the information centre. Sometimes pans can be found in army disposal stores as well.
I’ll write about locations to gold pan to the West and South in a later post.
Good luck panning, hope you find some colour.