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Willsy
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06 November 2019 11:52 am

Hi folks,

The old man and I are closing in on a long held dream of ours to try out gold prospecting.

We are booked in the do a 1 day guided tour/trip on a Saturday out of Creswick, Victoria with 'Gold and Relics' in early December. We have decided to make a weekend of this and are camping at Slaty creek for a few days just south of Creswick. I have heard that you can go panning in the creek and fossicking around the creek. My question is.....on the Friday before we do the tour should we just try our luck panning in the creek or should we hire a detector (1 days hire) from Ballarat as we pass through on our way to Creswick?

We are completely new to this and are just looking to have a crack so any advice about Slaty creek and whether we should just do panning or detecting (or both) that would be great. We are thinking its safe to assume that the creek is running.

Thanks in advance

Dale

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Jaros
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06 November 2019 01:23 pm

Hi Dale, I would hire a couple of detectors like the SDC2300 or the GPX7000. Pi detectors are better for going deeper than most of them unless you walk onto a nugget with and old VLF detector. smile


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#3

Willsy
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06 November 2019 03:26 pm

Thanks Jaros.....I know the place I've been looking at to hire a detector has the SDC2300 on offer.

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HippyProspecting
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06 November 2019 04:13 pm

I would go for a pan on the Friday. Increase your odds of finding little bit of gold.


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#5

TheFossil
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06 November 2019 07:46 pm

Agree with panning. A little YouTube research and you are at least a chance of finding colour. As a novice, I picked up some gold in Slaty Creek!

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Jmoilz90
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06 November 2019 08:23 pm

Definitely spend any spare time having a pan that creek is a Rippa ??

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maxwell4
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07 November 2019 09:21 am

Play with panning, do the course with gold and relics and then if you are hooked they will hire out a detector to you at a discounted rate for a day. You will enjoy, can highly recommend gold and relics as I did their course some years ago.

Bob


SDC 2300 and a lot of patience

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Willsy
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07 November 2019 12:34 pm

Thanks guys for all the advice. Getting super pumped watching the various youtube videos on Slaty Creek

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Teemore
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07 November 2019 04:03 pm

Apart from the creek and some its small tributaries may also be worth while panning off some of the dirt from the old times holes in the area.

There are a few dams/waterholes in the area, grab a bucket or so of dirt and pan off at the dam.

Slaty Creek seems to always give up a little no matter how many times its been dug over.

Good luck, T.

Oh and you should do OK hiring a detector .... think SDC, switch on and go, dynamite on small gold (but finds the bigger stuff as well.


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#10

goldinbrisbane
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09 November 2019 01:29 am

I got back from my first trip to Victoria in August it was amazing .
I was at creswick at slaty creek camp 1 and 2 but it was raining and had my dog with me so only did a few hours panning and sluiceing .
I found gold in every pan and I didn't did deep the creek was full of water back in August its a great place. I am heading back there next year creswick is the place to go

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Willsy
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10 November 2019 11:28 am

Thanks for the feedback guys. Can't bloody wait. I recon I would have been caught hook line and sinker when the gold rush era was happening. Leaving the wife and heading out bush seems like a top idea!
One more question. Me and the old man are going to go halves in a Minelab Pro Gold panning kit. It comes with a 15" & 10" pan aswell at a classifier. My brother is tagging along for 1 day of our camping trip so I thought I'd get him a Minelab pan too. Should I get a 15" or 10" pan? Being a newbee I'm not aware of the benefits that each size pan may give you.

Any help appreciated
Dale

#12

Teemore
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10 November 2019 12:05 pm

The Minelab kit as well as the Garret kit provide everything you need to get into panning. Goldrat Highbankers also provide a range of pans and accessories to get you started, shop around at the specialist shops (Miners Den, Lucky Strike, E E Day or online) for the best deal.

The larger pan allows processing of more dirt (with panning/sluicing it's all about volume) but can get heavy with a good shovel load of dirt.

The smaller pan is most often used as a "finishing" pan once the potential pay has been reduced. Those proficient will just use the large pan all the way. The smaller pan, while not allowing the volume of the larger pans can be more user friendly over longer periods.

When checking out pans also consider a small "finishing" sluice (check out Goldrat Highbankers range), these help when you have a fair amount of original material reduced to potential gold holding "fines".

Get as much practise as you can (a few tiny slivers of painted lead) with whatever pan you use ...... become confident in your ability/equipment.

Gold is stupid (being 19times heavier than water helps) and will always settle to the bottom once washed off rocks or out of clay.

Check you "fines" carefully, a lot on newcomers expect to see "pickers" in every pan, the reality is that much of what you find will be tiny/very tiny but it will be gold and does add up over time.

Most of all enjoy what you do with family/friends.

Cheers T,


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To be old and wise you must first be young and foolish.

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MegsyB007
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10 November 2019 01:54 pm

Just a quick addition for camping at Slaty Creek campgrounds...
Take your own firewood in with you, because there's very little around there to collect.

Go the panning - it's one of the best places in Vic to find some gold - almost guaranteed there!
And don't dig into the banks as many others have done there - it's illegal to do so!

Big pan, small pan - doesn't matter - they both work. It's what you like using in the end that matters.
Have a turn with both and see which one you prefer, then go for it!

Best of luck to you all. Let us know how you go! smile

Cheers,
Megsy


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Dave79
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10 November 2019 04:51 pm

Get him a shovel and put him to work digging for ya!


Prospecting must be like fishing, the big one keeps getting away!

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