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willo1
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31 March 2014 11:05 pm

Finally had a chance to get out to Bimbimbie Mine in Mogo State Forest. It appears that Forestry have had enough of 4X4ers tearing the place up and leaving a mess everywhere. They have put large dirt pile barriers along all the tracks leading to the mine, about 100 metres apart. Anyway, the mine is now sealed, but a lot of the old gear is still visible around the area. Going to head back with a pan and have a look at the creek that they were doing all the processing in.
I couldn't help but think to myself how resourceful the old timers were to even be able to find gold in areas like these.

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Appears to be a pond of some sort that it made of stones piles up. There is a pipe coming out of the bottom of the far side.
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Concrete weir where the creek must have been dammed.
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The main entrance to the mine. Just inside there is a large steel gate fastened in place to stop anyone from going inside. There is also a fence just in front of where the photo is being taken..
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Old winches and pullies.
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Looks like some huge classifier of some kind.
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The creek is small but seems to have some good flow

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Hunting the yellow
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01 April 2014 06:52 pm

great post and pics m8 thanks for sharing did you go in the tunnel ?


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mad Mike
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01 April 2014 06:58 pm

Fantastic
Thanks
Is it a long walk in .?


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willo1
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01 April 2014 07:57 pm

mad Mike, Once you work out exactly where it is, it only takes about 15mins to walk to from where we parked. You can actually drive in a bit further if you wanted, depending how energetic you are feeling.....

Hunting the yellow,  the mine itself is sealed off now about a couple of metres in from the entrance. I did a search on the net and found that only a few years ago it was still open and there were more bits and pieces of old machinery scattered around. I think due to vandalism and such, is why Forestry have closed it off and made it impossible to drive all the way in, trying to preserve what is left.

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01 April 2014 08:39 pm

cool pics, thanks for the post Willo1 smile


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02 April 2014 06:56 am

looks like a hell of a place to be thanks for sharing!


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Croc
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02 April 2014 03:01 pm

The mine operated from 1875 to 1938, producing about 198000g from about 5000t of ore. the workings consisted of shafts drives stopes and adits with shafts as deep as 115 m, and adits of 730m. Bimbimbie gold mines had three workings, Bimbimbie, Sandy creek and Perseverence mine. (Info from the mine data sheets). Entrances to a lot of these mines are being sealed to stop people entering due to the extremely dangerous nature of old man-made workings/confined spaces. Ignorance is not bliss, but is too often fatal. These are NOT the same as natural caves, and while there are similarities in a broad sense, pose a lot of different set of risks. I have extensive training in confined space rescue, having spent 20 years as a professional in a rescue agency full-time. I would have entered with enthusiasm prior to my training, but knowing what I now know, would not enter. These are awesome sites to explore, but stay out of the tunnels. Excellent pictures by the way.

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willo1
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02 April 2014 10:02 pm

Thanks for the info Croc, I have to add that some time during the 70's or 80's another mining company attempted to re-open the mine. No sure how they went but as far as I have heard they did not last long and didn't find too much.
On another note, took the river sluice and pans out to the creek below the mine on Tuesday, panned every area where I thought any gold may have been deposited for about 500-600 metres down stream from the mine. Not even a tiny speck.
Oh well, it happens. Had fun doing it. Back to Nerrigundah me thinks.

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Uncle Bob
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02 April 2014 10:17 pm

Hi Willo
Great pictures mate
I've been to this mine too and there's a  section of a mine that is not closed!  Had the Detector and only found junk and also tried checking the quartz piles for specks of gold but came up empty. It's a nice area I must say, now you say the road has camel humps - that sucks....... hmm

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willo1
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03 April 2014 05:18 pm

It is a nice area Uncle Bob, the walk in was great. Yeah, Forestry have put humps in along all the tracks leading to the mine, and they didn't just put a couple in, they have put them about 50 metres apart for about 2-300 metres.

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25 April 2015 10:05 pm

Hi All, Yes it is a shame that Forestry had to undertake the extensive remedial works at the mine but it was nessecary to ensure human safety at the site and to protect a population of threatened bats. When the lease was surrended by the last holder, the mine automatically became listed as a derelict mine, which in turn qualified it to be rehabilitated. This typically involves sealing the mine to prevent human access. However the mine is home to a population of Eastern bentwing bats (threatened species) and Eastern horseshoe bats. To ensure they could continue to access the mine Forestry undertook an extensive research project to determine the optimium grate to prevent human access but allow continued access by the bats. However the research found the bats to struggle to negotiated horizontal bars and as a result 2 fences were put in place to try and prevent people from entering. Unfortunately continuous vandalism at the site resulted in people continuing to enter the mine, which become a major safety issue leading to drastic measures of ripping up the access road to prevent vehicle access to the site.

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25 April 2015 10:08 pm

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25 April 2015 10:17 pm

I have never been there but heard so much about it but,
Me only look, not venture forth. big_smile
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I would just love to go into the mine about, 15 to 20 meters if that. neutral
And watch the shocked look on every one's face when the sniffer went off strapped to my lower leg. lol
That is if I had the inclination to be so stupid. roll


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25 April 2015 10:30 pm

And after looking at this, You would not get me within Coo-ee of it. LOL
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26 April 2015 04:39 pm

Interesting report, Doug, thanks for the share.


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Tathradj
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26 April 2015 11:11 pm

THX, Dr Duck,
There is a lot more info on the DIGS site about it but these were the two most interesting pages. There is a blue print but a bit too hard to read.
Here it is,
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Cheers,
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27 April 2015 11:25 pm

G8 post Willo


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29 September 2020 03:07 pm

Just a bit of info to add,, the early mine ran nth/sth, and was accessed by a series of 45 degree shafts, for over 1000 feet. the new mine which ended in 1985, started at the fenced entrance and continued for 350 feet till it met the old workings, then curved to the right, where the drill was left in the wall well into the 90,s. also were overhead loaders and 2 large stoped areas with large quantities of stone at grass. this was removed late 90,s. by a small bobcat and taken to old mogo town for crushing..the old workings are slightly higher and blocked off somewhat, to prevent excess water flowing down new tunell. bats always existed in there and the old workings are waist deep flooded,,we got as far as side tunells. and there are also vertical shafts in the flooded old workings you cannot see,, it is also full of batshit.. at the grated entrance on l/h. side is a very deep shaft meshed off, also on plank bridge to powder mag. is a v,deep shaft.[ on r/h. side back from main entrance.] in 1987 we discussed all this with some of the last owners/miners, who stated that a member would not consent to more expenditure so it folded and the compresser went up to ind/replacements and the other gear was gradually stolen. : regards.

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01 October 2020 08:25 pm

My understanding is that high-grade ore was drilled but it was put off limits because of the bats in the workings.


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17 October 2020 09:24 pm

Hi Guys,

On the subject of Mogo I was going to head up to do some prospecting in the state forest in a few weeks and am just doing some research and from what I'm seeing on the FCNSW maps website its mostly a no go area?? is this right? has something changed.

Last time i went out there a few years and was all good. Any ideas?
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https://fcnsw.maps.arcgis.com/apps/weba … e901389fa2

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21 October 2020 11:10 pm

Might be worth double checking as the same site (as of 21/10/2020) tells me its "fossicking permitted under permit", I've not heard of any access restrictions in place other than those in the months following the January fires (though I could be wrong).

The place seems to be a bit easier to explore post-fires, though recent rain may make the roads challenging for a 2wd
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22 October 2020 08:30 pm

Thanks Turkey243,

I did actually check it again the day after I posted it and it had been miraculous fixed. I suspect someone/something screwed up and it was promptly fixed.


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