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wombat digger
Joined: 06 December 2017
Posts: 44
06 December 2017 07:40 pm

Hi all. My wife and I are getting into prospecting and intend to do both Detecting and panning. I am now 70 and not very fit but I feel that prospecting in these ways can only be good for me. My wife is also very excited to be doing this as we are sick of just being stuck at home all the time. It is good to get away and prospecting gives us a reason to go whether fe fing gold or not. I really do want to find some but if I don't, its still a reason to take off for a while. Our intention is to use the detectot during the cooler months and hit the creeks during the hotter season. That way we can be comfortable while doing it. I have been to Wedderburn during the summer years ago and it is too hot and dry for us. I had a Garrett detector years ago but did not find anything but I expect that that will change as now I am studing up on the things I need to know and would like to learn from others.
I live in Cranbourne Vic and would like to know if it would be a good idea to join a club. Does anyone know of a good one close by. Also looking for a good place to start in thewest gippsland area to start with.
We have purchased a high banker sluice to allow us to do some reasonable work and just now purchased a Desert Fox wheel to do a cleen up at the end of a day to try and recover all we can. I still need to learn panning but I am sure we can sort that ut as we go.
Because I am very mechanical minded and a tinkerer I have intrest inn building my own Miller Water Table and have been studing up on them. Most seem to use a rubber mat like a hobby cutting mat for the wash bed but I can't seem to find where I can get one about A3 in size with no grid markings. I have a thought of using opaque green perspex but thinking it may be too smooth so wondering of putting a layer or two of latex on it. My idea is that by doing so it may just give enough surface tension to help catch any small gold. I will try it and see how it works. Anyone have any ideas or comments. I would love to hear them.
Good prospecting to everybody out there.

Minelab XT17000, Highbanker, Desert Fox, Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 & Pan. Other hobby - Drafting to support prospecting.

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From: Nowra, NSW
Joined: 26 July 2016
Posts: 5,713
06 December 2017 07:52 pm

Hi and welcome to you both
lots to read on here and ask lots of questions

Highbanker, Sluice, Trommel, Gold Monster 1000 (Khaleesi), Garrett Ace 400i (Rhaegal), Go-Find 40 (Nymeria), Non Turbo 2.8lt Hilux (Turtle), NAPFA member ----A disposal technician at a dead run outranks everybody


Joined: 29 May 2015
Posts: 239
06 December 2017 09:39 pm

Hi mr & mrs wombat welcome to the forum and the great hobby of prospecting. I am in gippsland as well and you may do well working the creeks but you will probably struggle with the detector locally.

2x 4500,s sdc 2300 , pheonix to stay in ,landcruiser to get us there and BACK ,and a wife as keen as me


wombat digger
Joined: 06 December 2017
Posts: 44
06 December 2017 11:28 pm

Hi Jim.
Yes, I am aware that the best prospecting for Gippsland is in the creeks and that is where you will find me in the hotter weather. I will also look around Ballarat in the creeks. All my detecting will most likely be in the triangle. There is not much water about there so itt means basicly detector only. Variety is good for you anyhow.

Minelab XT17000, Highbanker, Desert Fox, Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 & Pan. Other hobby - Drafting to support prospecting.


Joined: 26 November 2017
Posts: 10
07 December 2017 10:22 am

Welcome wombat digger!
I myself have just joined up and found these fellas to be a wealth of knowledge. You'll learn heaps and the search function is a great friend!


More Leadshot
Joined: 04 December 2017
Posts: 129
07 December 2017 10:37 am

Hi wombat digger,
Welcome to site, I have only just joined myself and new to prospecting so will leave others to advise
Cheers Jamie


From: S.E.Qld., QLD
Joined: 11 August 2013
Posts: 8,032
07 December 2017 02:07 pm

Welcome Mr. & Mrs. Wombat. 'Tis a great way to enjoy the great outdoors as well as possibly picking up something nice.
Jaros tongue

Lottsa hope :F1A4M2, Exterra 705 Gold, Ace 250, Aldi detector, ? detector, Garmin Etrex30, 2 sieves,2 pans,2 sluices, Nugget sniffing Cocker Spaniel. X-Pointer PI by Deteknix, Nokta RS Pinpointer, Jobe Knife, Leschke Shovel, Pro-swing 45 Harness, Treasuremate 11 Amp.Gurney gusunder. VK4NLS


Joined: 10 October 2017
Posts: 76
07 December 2017 04:19 pm

G'day wombats,
Very little gold in Gippsland, 2 spots I am aware of. 1. 50km SE Korumburra 2. 50km SE Wonthaggi. Look for quartzy soil. Apart from that you can start in the small creek at Walhalla (everyman and his dog been there).


Joined: 24 October 2017
Posts: 799
08 December 2017 12:16 pm

Hi Mr & Mrs Wombat

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