Gympie Public Fossicking Area.

I’ve been giving this place a good run over the last three weekends. You can not just wash a pan full of dirt, and expect to find a pan full of gold. Like every thing in life it’s a struggle. Effort equals reward.

Two days…. moving a lot of dirt.


As the photo shows…. there is gold there, if you are willing to work for it. That may be a sapphire between the two clunkers. Both sizeable pieces of gold come in at 0.2 grams each.

It’s the middle of Summer here in Brisbane, hot, and unpleasant, to be digging a hole. But that is the crazy hobby that I love so much. It’s such a rush to find a chunky piece of gold. I’ve been using my river sluice in “Deep Creek” to process more material. Cleaning up only after 8-12 buckets of dirt. Deep Creek has plenty of water to operate a river sluice.


It’s very nice to see small pieces of gold in the rubber V-mating, in front of the sluice. Drives you to push more material through your sluice. Last Sundays effort….


It looks like Queensland gold is as bright as ever. ( That big piece looks a bit like a map of Queensland. )

Thank you to everyone who reads and comments to my stories. Your feedback is welcome. Keep digging.



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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10 Responses to Gympie Public Fossicking Area.

  1. Rick Fuller says:

    Hi Ivor
    I always thought Deep cr was a wast of time.But patience and effort does pay off.Planning a return trip to Deep creek.Cheers Rick.

  2. Hi Rick, That sluice helps a lot. It’s easy to move more material. Which equals more gold.

  3. simon says:

    Thanks for the post Ivor, they are always good to read. I too have had quite a bit of luck at Deep Creek over the years…..I normally use a yabby pump or the hand dredge…..saves my back 🙂

  4. Thanks for reading Simon. I’m looking forward to see what changes happen at Deep Creek after a flood.

  5. pirateandy says:

    You’ve convinced me to try gympie again. I think the highbanker will get a good workout there. It good to see some water, its always been the battle for me , i normally have to bring material home to run which means i only get a few buckets at a time. Thanks for taking the time mate to do this

  6. Taesha cuff says:

    Hi there.

    Jyst wondering if there is any camping spot near deep creek???

  7. Neil Brennan says:

    Gidday mate me an the missus are keen to give it a try what areas do you suggest we go and have a try we’ve never done it before what do we need to take with us my friend has some pans we can use your feedback will be very much appreciated cheers

    • Neil if you can get your hands on a sluice, you will do far better that just panning. There are lots of husband and wife teams working for gold, and they often do quite well.
      One can dig gravel while the other washes it through the sluice. Maybe there are some simple plans on the web for a sluice. It doesn’t have to be pretty, but it will definitely improve your chances to get some gold Neil.
      As for where to start, Queensland has several public access fossicking areas ( I’m assuming you are in Queensland ), and these areas will be the best place for someone new to fossicking to go to. Deep Creek at Gympie is well worth a look. Get onto Gympie gold fossicking on Facebook and join up. When you want to head out , drop a post on the page, if someone is available, they will come down and meet you. There is better help, than local knowledge. Myself and a lot of others have helped out many people new to the hobby at Deep Creek.
      Good luck Neil, have fun.

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