Gold panning, fossicking or prospecting typically involves the use of metal detectors, hand tools, pans or sluices in the search for gold, gemstones and other minerals. Prospecting can be an exciting experience. Many of the world’s largest gold nuggets have been found in the Golden Triangle of central Victoria. Elsewhere, gemstone fossickers have found sapphires, zeolites and agate.

Prospecting Areas Maps

Find out more about where you can go prospecting on Parks Victoria managed land using the prospecting areas maps. 
For information on other public land areas, contact the relevant land manager.

 

Need to know

Fossicking and prospecting

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

    Planned burn - Glenluce - Irishtown Track

    Planned burning operations are scheduled in Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park which will result in parts of the park near Irishtown Track being closed from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled from 21 April to 30 April and is subject to favourable weather. 

    Please see attached neighbour letter for more information, including maps.
     
    Burn name:                     LM-MGF-CAS-0625 Glenluce - Irishtown Tk
    Size:                                  399.22 hectares  
    Location:                          2.2km North of Glenluce
    Scheduled date:              Sunday 21 April - Tuesday 30 April 2024  (weather conditions permitting)
     
     
    For more information

    Attachments: LM-MGF-CAS-0625 Glenluce - Irishtown Tk Neighbour Letter 18-04-24 (388KB)

    Loop track closed due to Phytophthora outbreak

    Loop access will have limited vehicle access to reduced the risk of spread of phytophthora cinnamomi pathogen. 

  • Chokem Flat Camping Area

    Chokem Flat Campground Closure

    Chokem Flat Campground will be closed for approximately two weeks starting on 20/05/2024. 

    Annual weed spraying and mulching works will be conducted during this time. 

    Please use the camping facilities located at the nearby Warburtons Bridge Campground. Warbutons Bridge Campground can be accessed by travelling 1.34km South East on Campbells Creek Fryers Rd, a further 1km South on Vaughan Chewton Road and then turning at Drummond Vaughan Rd before travelling 1.75km and then crossing over the bridge until you reach the campground. 
     
    We apologise for any inconvenience.

  • Heathcote-Graytown National Park

    Planned burn near Amber Drive

    Planned burning operations are scheduled in Heathcote Graytown National Park which will result in parts of the park near Amber Drive being closed from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled from 26 April - 5 May and is subject to favourable weather. 

    Please see attached neighbour letter for more information, including maps.
     
    Burn name:               LM-MGF-HTH-0091 Heathcote - Amber Drive, Size: 153.73 hectares, Location: 0.7km East of Heathcotew   
    Scheduled Date:       Friday 26 April -  Sunday 5 May (weather conditions permitting)
     
    For more information
     

  • Paddys Ranges State Park

    Paddys Ranges Picnic area toilet upgrade

    Dear Park Visitors,
     
    We are excited to announce that the Paddys Ranges Picnic Area toilet block is undergoing a much-needed upgrade.
    As part of this project, the current facilities will be temporarily closed.
    Works are funded, planned and delivered by DJAARA in partnership with Parks Victoria, this upgrade will provide new and improved facilities.

    During this period, we kindly ask you to utilise the toilet facilities at the campground on Karri Track.

    We anticipate the completion of these works by the end of 2024. We understand that this may cause inconvenience, and we apologise for any disruption to your visit.
     
    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
     
     

  • Yeddonba (Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park)

    Closure of Walkway at Yeddonba

    The elevated walkway and access to the art site at Yeddonba in Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park has been closed for safety reasons.
     
    An engineering assessment on the walkway identified a number of structural defects that require remediation and recommended closure.
     
    The walking track and visitor facilities at the site remain open.

  • Greater Bendigo National Park

    Planned burn - near Edwards Road

    Planned burning operations are scheduled in the Greater Bendigo National Park which will result in parts of the park near Edwards Road being closed from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled from Sunday 28 April to Saturday 4 May 2024 and is subject to favourable weather. 

    Please see attached neighbour letter for more information, including maps.
     
    Burn name:               LM-MGF-BGO-0472 Flora Hill - Edwards Rd, Size62.05 hectares, Location: 3.7km SE of Bendigo
    Scheduled Date:      Sunday 28 April to Saturday 4 May 2024  (weather conditions permitting)
     
    For more information

    Planned burn near Tennyson Road

    Planned burning operations are scheduled in the Greater Bendigo National Park which will result in parts of the park near Tennyson Road being closed from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled from Saturday 27 April - Friday 3 May 2024 and is subject to favourable weather. 

    Please see attached neighbour letter for more information, including maps.
     
    Burn name:               LM-MGF-BGO-1321 Kamarooka - Tennyson Rd, Size: 290.47 hectares, Location: 7km Southeast of Kamarooka
    Scheduled Date:       Saturday 27 April - Friday 3 May 2024 (weather conditions permitting)
     
    For more information

    Planned burn - near Tennyson Road

    Planned burning operations are scheduled in the Greater Bendigo National Park which will result in parts of the park near Tennyson Road being closed from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled from Saturday 27 April - Friday 3 May 2024 and is subject to favourable weather. 

    Please see attached neighbour letter for more information, including maps.
     
    Burn name:               LM-MGF-BGO-1321 Kamarooka - Tennyson Rd, Size: 290.47 hectares, Location: 7km Southeast of Kamarooka
    Scheduled Date:       Saturday 27 April - Friday 3 May 2024 (weather conditions permitting)
     
    For more information

  • Beechworth Historic Park

    Ongoing closure of section of Lake Kerferd Walking Track

    A section of the Lake Sambell to Lake Kerferd walking track in Beechworth Historic Park has been closed for safety reasons.
     
    An engineering assessment completed on the track recommended closure. The inspection identified serious safety concerns relating to abandoned mine shafts.
     
    The track provides access from Lake Kerferd to Lake Sambell in Beechworth. The rest of the track remains open. Signage is in place to notify visitors of the closure.

    Closure of Spring Creek Bridge

    The Gorge Road is currently closed for all vehicle access due to safety concerns over the Spring Creek bridge. Pedestrians can access to Gorge Road but are not permitted on the bridge. This is expected to be a long-term closure.

  • Kooyoora State Park

    Planned burn - Kneebone Track

    A planned Dja Dja Wurrung Djandak Wi (cultural burn) is scheduled in Guyura (Kooyoora State Park) which will result in parts of the park near Kneebone Track being closed from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled from Thursday 2 May - Wednesday 8 May 2024 and is subject to favourable weather. 

    Please see attached neighbour letter for more information, including maps.
     
    Burn Name:                LM-MGF-ING-0428 Kooyoora - Kneebone Tk, Size106.03 ha, Location: 11.5km W of Inglewood
    Scheduled Date:       Thursday 2 May - Wednesday 8 May 2024  (weather conditions permitting)
     
    For more information

    Road closures due to flood damage

    ·     The main visitor sites are open at Kooyoora State Park, however the following roads remain closed due to storm damage. 
    ·     Kirwan's Road
    ·     Back Road

More to discover

 
A mother, father and their two young daughts gaze out at the sea from the lookout point of the lighthouse.

Historic sites

Journey back in time and visit some of the historic buildings of post European settlement in Australia, including huts, mansions and lighthouses.

Aboriginal heritage

Learn more about the culture, history and contemporary aspirations of the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of our land.
A couple looks on at a Wombat on Wilsons Promontory National Park,

Wildlife viewing

Get up close and personal with some of Australia's shy native wildlife or look up to spot tree-dwelling mammals and flocks of colourful birds,
The lighthouse at Cape Otway in the Otway National Park.

Lighthouses

Learn about the seafaring past of Victoria's rugged and unforgiving coastline at marine and maritime exhibits and sites.
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