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JW and I went on a bit of an adventure yesterday, it was to an old mining area where a lot of sluicing was done in the 1800's.  The old timers did one hell of a job and little gold is left to be found

Dude thanks for the pics and sharing your adventure!!!!!!!!!!!!a couple of motorbikes to go there would have been cool too!!!!   I vote for your post as :Post OF THE YEAR 2020    

Great story and glad to see JW is doing well.  With all that mining equipment it's hard to believe there isn't gold to be found, or was it mostly of non-detectable size? I don't think I'd take my

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I really enjoyed that, thanks Simon.

The last road going uphill photo is the kind of 4X4 roads I'm used to. My slightly modified Subaru Forester loves going on roads like that (I don't!!!!!).


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Great story and glad to see JW is doing well.  With all that mining equipment it's hard to believe there isn't gold to be found, or was it mostly of non-detectable size?

I don't think I'd take my vehicle over that bridge.  If it didn't collapse I probably would.  Is it frequently inspected by reliable engineers?

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1 hour ago, GB_Amateur said:

Great story and glad to see JW is doing well.  With all that mining equipment it's hard to believe there isn't gold to be found, or was it mostly of non-detectable size?

I don't think I'd take my vehicle over that bridge.  If it didn't collapse I probably would.  Is it frequently inspected by reliable engineers?

I guess the gold was just mostly too small.  I am not sure.    The river has decent size gold, I sluice it quite a bit over summer in the more accessible areas and I've done reasonably well.

I'm not too sure on the bridge, the roads very much a drive it at your own risk road, the signs at the start of it really discourage anyone driving it 🙂 They do take tourists along it on 4x4 adventures so I guess the bridge must be safe or they wouldn't be able to do that.  They used to bungy jump off the bridge years ago but due to accessibility and how bad the road can get during winter with snow and ice and have moved the bungy jumps to more accessible bridges.   It still has the bungy platform on the side of it in the middle where you jump off.  A bunch of the Bungy people went back and did a jump off it a few years ago, it used to be a daily event. 

You find a high bridge in NZ it's likely someones Bungy jumped off it.

I'd probably be more worried about the road than the bridge 🙂 sometimes it gives way.  There are signs saying if it has rained recently do not drive this section of road as it can cave in.



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No way I would drive over that bridge. I'd be worried walking across it. Tight roads on the mountain. No guard rails. 

I think you should get a dirt bike to go there.

Nice photos showing everything.

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First of all, Holy💩 Batman!!

   Me no likey high dropoffs!!, or old bridge's that weren't ment for cars!!  But i love the scenery in all the great pics! I think a cycle is a better choice! And i think i would have just camped that night, rather than travel toward dark! 

   Did they use mercury to seperate gold there? Just curious! Looks like an awesome time with JW!

  You said he lives under a mountain; is he a descendant of a Troll, or a Dwarf!  According to LOTR, he should know where all the gold is located! All he need's is the key, and some moonlight to show the keyhole!! (Beware the Dragon)!!🤣👍👍

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Some time about 30 odd years ago I went to a Historic Silver Mine and Victorias deepest gorge(Little River Gorge) for a couple of bushwalks.To get to them we had to go via McKillops Bridge. The way down was only just wide enough for one car with a vertical wall above it and a vertical drop below it. The distance down to the bridge was was long with no way to turn round. You had to view the road (?) before starting to going up or down at least on the way down if you met another car your side of the road was the wall not the drop.


Located in the Snowy River National Park, in Victoria, Australia, the iconic McKillops Bridge is one of the most spectacular bridges in the world. It’s a significant engineering feat at the time.

The road spans the Snowy River and was built by the Country Roads Board between 1931-36. It’s the only bridge over the Snowy River for a very long way. The deck is 255 metres long and stands high above the river. Downstream are the remains of the original McKillop Bridge washed away in 1934, a day before it was due to be opened.


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Should pack a flyrod for that river, water looks good.

Fantastic landscape.

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2 hours ago, kac said:

Should pack a flyrod for that river, water looks good.

Fantastic landscape.

yea, there is trout and salmon in a lot of the rivers, I'd imagine that one is the same.  I'm not much of a fisherman, I tend to find the lead sinkers they leave behind though 🙂

I was going to take up fly fishing one day, just never got around to it, one of the better rivers for it is a short walk behind my house.

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