Gold panning

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 propsecting 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.

  • Steiglitz Historic Park

    Closures due to COVID-19

    At the direction of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Parks Victoria has closed all buildings in the Steiglitz Historic Area until further notice. Check our COVID-19 update for the latest information, and follow the health advice provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Surface Point Picnic Area (Enfield State Park)

    Road closures and Surface Point Picnic Area closure

    The two bridges that cross Misery Creek in the Enfield State Park are being replaced. During this time Misery Creek Rd, Berringa-Misery Creek Rd (east of Long Gully Road) and Surface Point Picnic Area will be closed to the public. The works are expected to be completed by the end of May 2020. Temporarily, all loop walking tracks utilising the bridges (Enfield Loop Track, Surface Point-Long Gully Loop Track and Surface Point Loop Track) are now one-way walking tracks, and walkers need to back-track on themselves. Searle’s Loop will remain fully open. Please keep this in mind when setting out on a hike.

    Attachments: Enfield SP_A1 (440KB)

  • Greater Bendigo National Park

    Partial Park Closure - Planned Burning

    Forest Fire Management Victoria and CFA advise that the following planned burn will be carried out Wednesday 1 April 2020 to Tuesday 7 April 2020, weather conditions permitting:

    Sedgwick - Kerrs Road, Fuel reduction burn, 159 hectares,  located  0.2km North West of Sedgwick

    The area of the burn is closed to public access.

    Attachments: Sedgwick-Kerrs Road Greater Bendigo NP (231KB)

  • Heathcote-Graytown National Park

    Advice for visitors

    An environmental program to control feral goats will be conducted intermittently from early March to the end of June 2020. Signs will advise visitors to remain on tracks whilst professional shooters are operating.

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.
A couple take a tour of Spermwhale Head with traditional owners from the Gurnaikurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation.

Aboriginal heritage

Learn more about the culture, history and contemporary aspirations of the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of our land.
Three friends take a break from their walk to take a photo of a Kangaroo who is equally watching them.

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,
A couple walk down the track and away from the Lighthouse at Cape Schank on the Mornington Peninsula.


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