Just back from gold detecting trip in WA.

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 15:33
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Howdy Forumites,

Just back from a month detecting around Laverton in WA. No problems with Landcruiser or Bushtracker.

I got 61 small nuggets for a bit over one ounce. This detecting might pay for a third of the petrol, but will never make me a profit. Great fun though, with the chance one day, of "getting the big one" !

For the first ten days at Laverton, I was part of a 21 person Gold Prospecting Australia tagalong tour. In the ten days the members detected, they found 294 nuggets for a total weight of 327 gm. This included one monster of 124 gm by a guy who had never detected before.

After the tour finished at Laverton, I kept detecting there for three days and then moved north to Yandal for five days before heading home to Sydney.

Cheers,

Willie
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 15:51

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 15:51
Hi Willie,

I was only thinking about you and your lack of presence on the forum last night.

I figured you must have been off somwhere chasing some gold.

Glad everything went well and you found something for your troubles! They tell me any decent gold propector has enough horse shoe nails to cover the next 50 Melbourne Cup's!

I'll bet that first timer with the 124gm's was excited!

Geoff


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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:29

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:29
Hi Geoff,

The guy who got the 124 gm had eyes like saucers. So did I - It was the biggest nugget I have ever seen found.

Wallabies won and the All Blacks lost - can it get any better than that !

Willie.
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:36

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:36
Yep Willie, it doesn't get any better than that!

That young bloke of O'Connor at fullback has a good nose, everywhere Giteau went he was a metre behind him.

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Reply By: Member - Fred G NSW - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:01

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:01
Good to hear you had a successful trip Willie.

Just got back from ours yesterday. No drama other than a roo strike on the van near Barcaldine and a windscreen on the Triton courtesy of a roadtrain.

Spoke to a chap in the park at Bendigo on a fossicking trip, showed me some nuggets he'd found locally. He was going out to Whipstick next day to continue with his quest for the big one.

It certainly kept my interest up in starting up a fossicking hobby, and my next mission to get hold of a detector.

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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:34

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:34
Hi Fred,

I nearly hit a number of roos between B Hill and Cobar yesterday as I started an hour before dawn. I had to keep the speed down to 60 kph so I could dodge them.

Maybe you should get onto one of the gold detecting forums for some good advice.

Easy to buy a crappy detector, which is useless for finding gold - be careful and seek advice.

Cheers,

Willie.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:57

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:57
A friend of mine just bought a Minelab 4000 from another friend who upgraded to a 4500.

Don't know much about either but I intend to learn after we settle into the nomadic lifestyle at the end of the year.

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Follow Up By: Member - Tony S (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 19:45

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 19:45
A good starter kit is the Minelab GP Extreem.
They sell around $1800 to $2500 second hand.
A great unit.
Started with that and still have it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:29

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:29
Stephen,
The nomadic lifestyle would be pretty good. I cannot get out there much, as my wife wants to continue in her job.
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:21

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:21
Welcome back to the Forum Willie.

I bet it was fridgie-didge up there.

Glad you enjoyed yourself.

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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:40

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 16:40
Hi Stephen,

It was as cold as a frog's armpit out there at night, but pleasant T shirt weather most days. I fired up the diesel heater every morning.

Graeme ( Bung ) is doing a GPA tour this week at Halls Creek. I hope he does well.

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Reply By: Member - Brian P (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 18:17

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 18:17
Hi Willie. Me and my mate are booked with Mark on his Tibooburra trip in August. Hope we have a good as trip as you did.All round not just in the gold, but that is a bonus. We a first timers. Brian.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:36

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:36
Brian,

I did the Tibooburra Tour last year and we had a great time. You really need to go low and slow up there and listen very attentively, as the gold is small. I was lucky, did something dumb and found a 5 grammer - but that is pretty rare up there.

Mark is a good fella and will be trying really hard to get you gold.

I was going to do that tour as well, but I am scared to broach the subject so soon after my return. Maybe .

Cheers,

Willie
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Reply By: D200Dug- Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 19:56

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 19:56
My son is working at the Granny Smith gold mine in Laverton. It is great country over there. We visited him there some years ago when he was a local cop.

124 gm by my calculations is over 4 ounces in the old scale !!!!

Sorry but I have no idea what 100 grams weighs :-(

I am really tempted to buy a detector, I know I would get hooked on the gold bug very easily.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:48

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:48
Dug,

These are Troy Ounces, not your normal 28 gm to the ounce, but 31.1 (rounded up) gm to the ounce.

The nugget was 3.9 Troy Ounces so would have been 121.3 gm. I was a bit loose in my first estimate.

Another weird piece of crazy measurement carried over from the old days.
(There are 24 grains in 1 dwt, and 20 dwt in one Troy Ounce).

Granny Smith was a little further east than where we camped. Interesting job for him - does he detect ?

Cheers,

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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:55

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:55
Detect? NA THE B@STARD INVESTS :-( he earns more money than I ever have !!!

he is a mine safety officer and just about to start his own contracting company.

He has never sent an ingot of gold or small sack of diamonds home for his folks.

He also worked at the Argyle diamond mine.

We will head over and visit him when we head off so I would not mind getting a detector. I just have a real thing for gambling so I think I would get the gold search bug pretty bad if I started :-)

PS I don't gamble because I enjoy it way too much ;-)



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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:57

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:57
Did you visit the old nickel mine I think it was to the north of Laverton ?

An amazing old site with huge concrete structures and deserted buildings.
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Reply By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:43

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:43
Good on ya mate.......... Shame u didn't get the big one to pay for the whole trip but practice makes perfect.
Looking at heading out next year for a month or 2........ I have a couple of spots of interest u may like to tag along on and u would be most welcome without a caravan though........ LOL
Lav is certainly a posability. I would like to know of an approx where around lav you went as I do have a feeling about a few spots around there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:50

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 22:50
Hi Peter,

I take my caravan wherever I detect now, so I will have to pass on your kind offer.

Cheers,

Willie.
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 07:49

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 07:49
Willie,

Good to hear you had fun and got back safe and sound.
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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 21:58

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 21:58
G'day Willie

Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself. We are leaving in a couple of days for Halls Creek...hopefully I can post a similar good news item on my first nugget!

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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 08:42

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 08:42
Graeme,

You must be on the second Halls Creek Tour. I have two friends from Victoria on the first one and I told them to look out for you, but alas, they will be gone by then.

I have a story to tell you - On my ten day tour in Laverton, I got caught up in the "how many did you get today " excitement. I started to walk too fast, swing too fast and too high off the ground, not listen carefully. I ended up with a miserable 11 nuggets in 10 days.

After the tour was finished, I went back to one of the spots where I had got nothing on the day. That day and the next two days, I got 19 nuggets in that spot - just because I slowed everything down, kept the coil only just off the deck and listened to every little signal noise. LOW and SLOW - VERY GOOD ADVICE .

Good luck,

Willie.
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Follow Up By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 19:50

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 19:50
Thanks Willie

Good advice and being a complete novice at this I will heed that advice.

At the end of the day it doesnt bother me greatly what I find as long it is at least one!..well I guess that is not entirely truthful ..a few more would be nice but the value to me is irrelevant...it is about doing it and experiencing it...and if I make a dollar great..if i dont thats life

We are on the 4th July trip and leaving the farm on 27th June.

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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 19:55

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 19:55
Graeme,
I forgot to tell you something. You are detecting in and around spinifex on his leases. You need knee length THICK gators or you will suffer much pain. Good insurance for snakes too.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 20:00

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 20:00
Nothing to do with detecting, but,

LOW and SLOW is the helicopter pilot's personal mantra.

OK, back on topic.....

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Reply By: Member - Richard C (ACT) - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 23:25

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 23:25
Willie,
How would some one who knows nothing about this get started.

I reckon it could be something to keep me going once I retire as I like the idea of being out and about - if I found some gold then all the better but as they say it is journey that counts not just the destination.


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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 23:57

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 23:57
Hi Richard,

The way to get started is to do what Bungara is doing and what I did two years ago. Go on a Gold Prospecing Aust tour as a tagalong , hire a detector and get taken to where there is gold. You are given heaps of instruction and come away with some confidence.

Most people who do these tours, do one or two every year.

Cheers,

Willie.

PS. I have no involvment with GPA, I recommend them only because I know they do a great job.
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Reply By: Member - Richard C (ACT) - Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 00:04

Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 00:04
Willie,
I will look into the tag alongs

Any recommendations

Many Thanks,
Richard
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 09:05

Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 09:05
http://www.goldprospectingaustralia.com.au
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Follow Up By: Member - Richard C (ACT) - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 15:28

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 15:28
Willie,
I contavted them and they are full this year so will look at next year - sounds like fun

Richard
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 19:24

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 19:24
Richard,

Make sure that you are on his email list to be contacted as soon as the tour program is settled - you miss out if you do not book quickly.

I am doing the Tibooburra Tour 1, this August. I am meeting a couple from Victoria who will be doing their fourth tour this year !

I will be doing a couple of WA tours next year, so we may meet there.

Only small gold, but good fun.

Cheers,

Willie.
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Follow Up By: Member - Richard C (ACT) - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 19:35

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 19:35
Willie,
He asked for my mail address and has my email address so hopefully will be on the list.

So may run in to you next year if we can get on to one.

Richard

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