Fossicking and prospecting

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.

  • Beechworth Historic Park

    Ongoing closure of section of Lake Sambell - 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 immediate 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.
    Funding is currently being sought to complete necessary repairs. A timeline for completion of these is not yet available.

  • Melville Caves Walking Track

    Kooyoora State Park - Melville Caves Walking Tk Closure

    The Melville Caves Walking Track within Kooyoora State Park is closed until further notice due to dangerous and unsafe track base. 
    Park Victoria thank you for your understanding and apologise for the inconvenience. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2022

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

  • Picnic Area (Melville Lookout) (Heathcote-Graytown National Park)

    Feral Goat Control Project - Heathcote Graytown National Park and surrounds

    From Mid-March 2022, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority in partnership with Parks Victoria will continue its ongoing goat management program in Heathcote Graytown National Park, Spring Creek Nature Conservation Reserve and Crosbie Nature Conservation Reserve. These parks and reserve will not be closed during this time, however visitor need to keep to formed walking trails, tracks and roads.

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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