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Joshlv
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14 October 2018 07:53 pm

Hey guys and gals
Im looking at heading to sofala in less than 2 weeks and wondering if the river is flowing after the recent rains?
I want enough flow to run my mini cell sluice.

Thanks in advance

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AussieChris
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14 October 2018 10:18 pm

It's much better than it was, you won't have too much trouble running a 6" mini cell. I have been up there a few times in the last fortnight and have been able to run the 12", it's still patchy but you can pick your spots. Two weeks ago I was lazy and worked an easily accessible spot to make it easier on my kid, I had to cart paydirt about 15-20m to be able to sluice it but since then we have had some decent rain and I also have picked my spots better.
I went south today rather than heading up the Turon, the place I worked had more water than I have seen it in ages, was like ice too. It was actually annoying because all the usual bedrock/crevices were covered and it was equally as hard to find a spot to put the 12" in to sluice.

When do you plan to be in Sofala?

I was thinking of camping at the 1st crossing sometime and putting some good days in.


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Joshlv
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15 October 2018 04:39 am

Wow thanks for the detailed reply mate.
I was at sofala in the middle of july and the water had literally an inch of ice on it so i not to worried about the cold.

Will be somewhere between first and coles bridge on the 24th to the 27th of anyone is interested in meeting up for a dig or detect.

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mbasko
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15 October 2018 07:47 am

Turon River at Sofala listed here:
http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDN60146.html
Can look at plot/table showing if it's rising or falling. Currently 1.92m down from 1.96m.

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Balmain Bob
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15 October 2018 11:44 am

Im heading into Bathurst tomorrow tyo re supply so if I remember I will take a few photos at Coles Bridge and post them on my return


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Balmain Bob
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16 October 2018 04:55 pm

Here are a few photos of the Turon at Coles bridge that I took this afternoon

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There is easily enough of a flow to run a river sluice


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Joshlv
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17 October 2018 04:45 am

Awesome cheers everyone. I was at coles bridge mid july for a few night and in the morning the was an inch of ice there. Had to put bottles of watter in the fridge overnight so they wouldnt freeze over.

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04 November 2018 08:56 am

Hi Folks,
Best source of info on water flow in the Turon that I'm aware of can be found by using the following link...


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19.3
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04 November 2018 09:02 am

https://realtimedata.waternsw.com.au/

...then expand daily river reports
...then select Macquarie River basin

This will reveal the daily flow and level of the Turon at Sofala


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04 November 2018 12:13 pm

Here is another tip, when it says river height Sofala is 2.1 the height of the water at the causeway on the Turon, Bridle Track below Hill End is 300 mm unless a major storm has dropped huge amounts of water I have used this method for 9 years as I ride a motor cycle through there often .

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04 November 2018 01:52 pm

Members who share information like this, bring true value to this forum by helping others with reliable information and resources. Cheers guys. clap perfect


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03 June 2021 01:59 pm

I’m new to all this .but after reading some stories people se very nice and helpful...I tried panning for 2 days east up the Turon ..got nothing ..is there some thing I’m doing wrong ..or am I looking wrong spots ..desapointed daughter pickshovel

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03 June 2021 03:49 pm

Hi Phil where on the Turon river were you panning ?


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03 June 2021 06:33 pm

thru Sofala about 15 ks up Turon river ..to where it comes to a T intersection ..if you go left you go over the river and if you turn right I think it heads towards bathurst ..was getting some there about 4 weeks ago with Phil …but Totaly nithing this time with daughter..we go back summer time some where ??maybe Cole’s bridge turondale ..been watching you tube videos about bed rock crevices ..he’s name is Andrew does the you tubes ..I need him lol he teach me to look for signs of deposits cheers Phil

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03 June 2021 10:52 pm

Sounds like the Junction of Upper Turon Rd ,Red Hill Rd and Palmers Oakeys Rd.


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Balmain Bob
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04 June 2021 12:56 am

Hi Phil
from your description it is Coles Bridge. Coming from Sofala, cross the bridge and head up the hill. When you come to the left hand bend, take the track that leads off to the right. Follow this down to the river and along till it crosses the river. If you have a suitable vehicle and the river is low enough, cross the river and drive about 250m and you will see a large rocky bar. Digging down amoung the rocks here will produce colour in your pan. It may take a couple of spots to produce colour but it will.
Dont be afraid to dig away from the current water coarse looking for gold as when it floods this whole area gets replenished.

You need to get your dirt for paning from dirt that is sitting on a solid base not just from the dirt and sand sittng on the top. Gold will sink until it hits a solid layer be it rock or even clay.

Hope this helps

cheers

Bob


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04 June 2021 07:05 am

yes

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phil1
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04 June 2021 07:07 am

thanks you so much ..I will when it warms up thanks .bob

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04 June 2021 06:39 pm

nice to speak with genuine people ..yiu been nice and helpful bob ..I let you know how I go when time comes …cheers again ..Phil

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Balmain Bob
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04 June 2021 07:33 pm

Hi Phil

Im currently plodding around outback WA. If all goes to plan this year I will be back in Hill End for a couple of months around Xmas time. I would be happy to show you a few spots . Good gold can also be panned around the H. E area if you know where to look.

cheers
Bob


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06 June 2021 06:43 pm

wow I love outback…Cloncurry qld my home town that outback to me bob..ok bob PLEASE let me know when your here…some how??..happy to by FB messinger ?that be great..I will camp at Cole’s bridge..bring on Christmas lol..I’m only 3 hours in singleton ..no gold in coal mines..bring my CATAPILLAR D11T DOZER..no I end up in the slammer..cheers bob stay safe ..Phil

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24 November 2021 08:17 pm

Joshlv wrote:

Hey guys and gals
Im looking at heading to sofala in less than 2 weeks and wondering if the river is flowing after the recent rains?
I want enough flow to run my mini cell sluice.

Thanks in advance

It's high at the moment

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25 November 2021 05:15 pm

Haha yes, it’s in minor flood and it’s rained all day here with more on the way.
I’ll go for a look and take some pics if I get the chance. argh


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26 November 2021 12:29 pm

Gone up 450mm just today & still raining.
http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDN60146.html


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