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  1. Gold Prospecting Australia Mark Hyde is a very good guide...too bad he is ending these tours. I wish him and his wife all the best. The good news is that their Victoria sessions are still available... Mitchel, you better get signed up! fred
  2. http://arizonaoutback.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=12697 I seen this posted on Chris G's forum. All Inclusive Tours are rare in Oz. It is not the cheapest way to hunt gold in Oz but it solves so many problems that I think it is worth the cost. I may have met Kim and Co in my travels but I do not have any experience with them...as always, do diligence is required. fred
  3. Ok NursePaul touched down in OZ, picked him up on Saturday, but in his excitement to get over here he forgot his ports with clothes, Z, etc etc. no no regardless of what he says about Airlines, that`s my story and I`m going to stick to it. We are having a lot of trouble communicating, I don`t know what version of English you Yanks use but tis French to me for sure............ So here we are waiting for his gear coming via Pony Express-Cobb & Co and I`ve got the best excuse I`ve every had as to why I`m not finding gold.....................But the xxxx is good yes/no..............and we are sort working out sign language, although judging by the smoke coming out his ears I think we will switch to smoke signals...............
  4. Well boots down in Oz land, tis magic. Got a small bit to break the ice on a hard hunted patch. .3 grams but its a start. Doing a section 40 and going to point around a bit. No glamor shots :) Slow and quite for a bit while me and my mates figure out our targets. Cant describe the smell of eucalyptus in the morning from the local fires or the beauty of the bush from a long drive from Perth but it puts in in ya. Coogardie is the drop TA!
  5. My first 3, For our American friends will add a kangaroo the next opportunity that arises. Pls add some of yours ! Australian Bustard, Dingo, Spider ( I am watching you )
  6. What's the good word on NursePaul in OZ? You didn't use him for Croc bait did you? Post some pictures of all the gold he has recovered from your secret spots.
  7. Gday Guys n Gals, I thought i would retell this story from my page a few weeks ago as it still blows my mind that it happened :). Bob a lovely gentlemen from Northern California came across to Western Australia for a once in a lifetime adventure that he had been dreaming about for many decades. He wanted to prospect in the red dirt and flew across for 3 weeks with his next door neighbour Fred and a 7000 and a modded GP extreme(not the ideal detector unfortunately). After arriving he spent a few days doing an in class prospecting course which enabled him to use the company that was running the courses leases around town. Unfortunately Fred and himself didnt have much luck swinging there detectors and it reached the last day before they were heading back home the next day. For the entire 3 weeks i tried to get him to join me on a tag along tour(free of charge as my wife is american and i didnt want him going home empty handed) to some better ground but he persisted on his own until the last day where he finally gave in and decided to join me in a different area that i had access too. The guys only had a few hours before having to drive back to town before nightfall and in the last hour of the day and in fact his last hour detecting in Australia he managed to ping a fantastic 18 gram speci with approx 12 grams of gold in it! Unfortunately Fred who had never detected before this trip and using the GP extreme didnt find anything but Bob went home with a nice little chunk and in his words "at least my neighbours wont laugh at me now!" statement :) Made my day and i believe the gold gods rewarded him for his days & weeks of swinging that 7000 around Australia. Steve Congrats to bob who joined me on a one day tag along for his last day of a three week prospecting trip from America, three weeks he hadn't found a thing by himself with his 7000. Last hour of his last day detecting and he pulls out an 18 gram specie with approx 10-12 grams of gold! Absolutely made my day ! Well done bob ! Goes to show a little local knowledge goes a long way! ✋✋✋✋Nugget in the Hand Prospecting✋✋✋✋✋✋👍
  8. Hi everyone I am asking that you might take 2mins to sign this petition. Its to stop the "Locking up of the Victorian Bush" Basically the idea is to turn the goldfields into heritage listed sites and stop prospecting/fossicking in these areas. Please help us, we cant let them push this through!! People power is our greatest defence to protect our rights!! Click the link below to help stop this..... https://www.change.org/p/danielle-green … m=copylink
  9. Received an email from Regis Resources tonight concerning an increase in sightings of wild dogs and two close call incidents over the last few weeks. As of tomorrow an intensive baiting and track 'em and whack 'em program will start between King of Creation mine and Garden well mine on the Erlistoun / Bandya boundary. Also, due to some numpty flapping his gums in the Laverton van park "if my dog takes a bait I'll shoot the station owner" the new station owners are exercising their right and from now on no dogs are permitted on Erlistoun station without prior written consent. Sorry folks, not my doing blame it one idiot and his big mouth.
  10. Popped a stack of camels the other day and stole a back strap off a young cow. Normally I hang them for a week or two to age but I went and caught up with a tour group that day and we knocked off the whole back strap that night. No washing up that night, all plates were licked clean
  11. Hi everyone just found this on Parks Victoria web site and thought i would share for anyone who may be interested to know that could be planning a trip down under who here in Victoria In Aussie land does the Gold Prospecting Tours Even us Aussies may be interested to know who do the tours http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/guided-tours/operators-by-activity/fossickingprospectinggoldpanning I was looking at the fees.. not cheap! guess these are the only gold propecting tours that have all their paper work in place The only ones who are licensed and insured to take people on tours.
  12. Hi folks, for those making the trek this year and who plan on detecting on Erlistoun Station. Ownership has changed hands and it is no longer held by Grainger Pastoral Co. I will still be here as on site manager so it's business as usual as far as I am concerned. We are a prospector friendly station and all we ask is to please let us know if and when you'll be on the station. Feral control is on going so for safety reasons, it helps if we know where you are and you know where we are. Please take out what you bring in, don't bury your rubbish. Please keep off station roads when wet, that wheel rut becomes a water channel, that water channel becomes a creek.... Please respect leases and know where you are and have 40E's and permissions in order. Please respect cattle and infrastructure, and no firearms or shooting under any circumstances. At this stage I am not sure on the new owners policy regarding bringing dogs onto the station but I will endeavour to find out ASAP and update it here. Correspondence can be sent to: Steve Fisher, P.O. Box 189 Laverton W.A. 6440 Ph :08 9037 5951 (after 6pm) Email: picknose@hotmail.com Alternatively I can be contacted here on this forum
  13. From http://cdn-media.macmillan.com.au/mea/downloadpdfs/9781420297911.pdf or click images below for larger views...
  14. Hi all Well l have 2 days of work to go and then was going to have 3 weeks of dectecting, but along comes Debbieee ! Tropical cyclone Debbieee Cat 4 predicted by the time of land fall , with 400mls of rain ,now have to make it home in time to prep , it's Sunday night here , suppose to cross the coast early Tuesday morning? Nth Queensland weather gotta love it ! Away I will get a couple of weeks in looking for the yellow 🙂 Hope all the path are safe and prepared. Regards Squizz
  15. "...it is a funny game they play, these people who live and breathe gold and search for it every day. They look for something that might not be there but if it is could change their lives forever." http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/miners-with-a-heart-for-gold-20170310-guvc87.html
  16. This is an open thread for any good/bad Australian picture of gold or video adventure! Post away mates. Mitchel
  17. Quite often l have seen detectorists arrive at a new spot full of enthusiam and upon arrival jump out of the car, grab their detector and race off hurrying here and there like a headless chook swinging aimlessly in their excitement to find that first elusive bit of gold. Only to be dissapointed at the lack of gold finds and quickly ready to write the area off and move on. I speak from experience because l was one of those. However several of those spots kept calling me back. And when I did return it was with a contolled enthusiam. Instead of jumping out of the car and racing around I took the time to look about and read the ground. I took the time to get the detector running smoothly and most importantly I took the time to carefully detect the area I had chosen, thouroughly working the area in a unhurried manner. And on most occasions I was rewarded with gold. Yes gold from an area I was too quick to write off initially because I was in too much of a hurry to properly access the potential that was right in front of my nose. So all l can say is slow down, plan you attack and have patience and work the area properly and don't be too quick to write a spot off or you will leave it behind.
  18. QED

    The new compact, super light PI from Ballarat, Australia. This machine uses any Minelab PI compatible mono coil and is dynamite on small as well as larger gold. It is almost totally unaffected by EMI enabling it to be used near or practically beneath power lines. All hand built, on a limited production scale, this little beauty is creating great interest in Australia, where it can handle the highly mineralized soils. The outlet for this detector is Goldsearch, in Dunolly, Victoria, Australia.
  19. Got more than enough submissions, thank you!
  20. The July 2016 issue of the ICMJ magazine contains an article I wrote reprising my 2011 trip to Australia to hunt gold with Chris Ralph and Jonathan Porter. Subscribers can view the article online at http://www.icmj.com/article-notloggedin.php?id=3479 There was of course a lot more to say about the trip than was contained in the article, and in particular I have a lot more photos to share. I kept a diary while on the trip, and this thread is intended to provide a much more detailed look at the trip. I will keep posting on this thread in a serial fashion similar to what I did with my Alaska gold adventures with my diary providing daily details. It all started in 2010 at the old AMDS Adventure Forum when I made this post on a thread: "Hi murph, You know, for many years it was my dream to go hunt nuggets in Australia. I got Doug Stone's books and read everything else I could and dreamed of those monster nuggets. But as years went by I read between the lines and figured it is a tough go to find the big nuggets in Australia these days. The fact is you only read about people making finds, but plenty of visitors to Oz find no gold. There is always the home team advantage. It is not so much what you know as who you know, and I'll always have a tremendous advantage in Alaska just because I've lived here all my life. Though I do have a few contacts in Oz that might give me a leg up on the average visitor. Still, it may be that my chance to visit Australia is coming as my circumstances have taken a turn for the better. So maybe in a couple years?" That in turn generated a response from famed Australian gold prospector Jonathan Porter: "Steve I will tell you this, if you ever decide to visit Australia it would be my pleasure to show you around. There is still plenty of potential here in Australia, the auriferous areas are just too extensive and in some cases very inaccessible so there just has to be good nugget patches waiting for someone gutsy enough to come along and swing their coil over that first lump. I intend to get into some tiger country this year and could do with a good partner who doesn't need a gold fix every day, interested? - JP" It turns out that JP and ICMJ Associate editor Chris Ralph had been discussing the possibility of a joint prospecting trip in Australia. I had met Chris previously when I had invited him up to visit my Moore Creek pay-to-mine operation several years earlier. A few messages were passed back and forth offline, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to join in on the adventure. Trying to pick the best time as regards weather was a big priority, and it was decided that the fall of 2011 would be the best bet for putting a trip together. Australia is in the southern hemisphere, and so the seasons are the reverse of what we experience in the United States. Our fall is their spring and we timed it to hit cooler temperatures that would be warming while we were there. Jonathan's advice was critical here. We wanted several weeks to give it a good go and decided the entire month of September 2011 would work well. That gave us plenty of time to plan and make arrangements so we put it on our calendars. To be continued.... Photo courtesy of Aurum Australis
  21. Here is a video of the Signal Response of the GPZ 19 Coil. I have also tested the 14 on this patch but didn't get round to videoing that test session but when l get time l will do a follow-up vid. But l can honestly say the 19 smashed the 14 for signal response I'm afraid l probably had the audio about 2 units too high as l wasn't sure how well the gopro would pick the sound up. Settings used were JP recomended settings with a few minor adjustments to suit the conditions. Cheers
  22. Went out yesterday with the Zed and 19 inch coil Golden Triangle. Running Jonathan Porter recommended settings with just a couple of minor adjustments to suit the area. Within 150 metres from car had already picked up a few shotty pellets and 22 slug. I then get a low tone clear signal no double tap to this one. Clearly heard well above ground level. Is it ground noise is it a tree root nah sounds too good. Dig down hit chunky fist size quartz at about 8 inches into clay signal still clear low tone but starting to get a wobble bit of a smile when the wobble came in. 12 to 14 inches deep scraping the bottom of hole out and there it is. Nice bit of gold. Later placed nugget on ground and swung over it what a change in signal. Less than half the original depth before l could hear it and just a warbly pathetic scratchy signal with no low tone. The response to the undug target absolutely smashed the response to the air test over the dug target. I'm happy. I have no dout the 14 inch coil would have heard it but also have no doubt the 19 was a far better louder response than the 14 would have given from past experiences with the 14. Cheers
  23. Hi there, Thought you guys might be interested in seeing this. You will be familiar with this crew from down under & their videos. Sounds like more are coming up. Enjoy. http://golddetecting.4umer.net/t24206-been-awhile Good luck out there JW :)
  24. Picked this from another forum. Fred if you watch this be sure to tie yourself in a chair as I know you may start walking towards OZ. I know I want to go.
  25. G'day Norvic, or Goldhounds, or JP, ====(or ALL) I am making plans for a 3 months adventure next June, July, and August. Probably stay around Queensland for this trip...from Brisbane to Cairns ====but in the back country mostly-- I will go to the coast this trip though. I have heard too much about it not to see it. Sounds like a may have a Shelia running with me this trip-- which is OK, she gets more gold than I do!!!!! We need to rent a caravan or an off road camper of some sort..... what would you gentlemen/ladies suggest??? Maybe even buy a used unit and sell when we leave, or rent one from someone you may know who could use a little extra cash... Thanks in advance for your replies.... looking forward to hearing your thoughts... Hoo roo mates...