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.
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Journey back in time and visit some of the historic buildings of post European settlement in Australia, including huts, mansions and lighthouses.
Learn more about the culture, history and contemporary aspirations of the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of our land.
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,
Learn about the seafaring past of Victoria's rugged and unforgiving coastline at marine and maritime exhibits and sites.