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.

  • Picnic Area (adjacent to Settling Ponds Track) (Paddys Ranges State Park)

    Paddy Ranges State Park - Temporary Closure Picnic Area Toilet

    Paddy's Ranges State Park: Picnic Area toilet temporarily closed due to a maintenance issue. Alternative toilets can be located in the Paddy's Ranges State Park campground located on Kari Track.

    Paddys Ranges - Picnic walking track closed

    Paddys Ranges picnic walking track will be closed to the general public whilst repairs are completed on the boardwalk.  The picnic area is still open and accessible via Settling Pond track.

    Paddys Ranges - Picnic walking track closed

    Paddys Ranges picnic walking track will be closed to the general public whilst repairs are completed on the boardwalk.  The picnic area is still open and accessible via Settling Pond track.

    Paddys Ranges - Picnic walking track closed

    Paddys Ranges picnic walking track will be closed to the general public whilst repairs are completed on the boardwalk.  The picnic area is still open and accessible via Settling Pond track.

  • 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. 

    Kooyoora State Park - Melville Caves walking Tk Closure

    The Melville Cave Walking Track is closed until further notice due to dangerous and unsafe track surface. 

  • Glenalbyn Camping Area (Kooyoora State Park)

    Rita's Road Closed.

    Rita's Road is closed for public access until maintenance works are completed on eroded causeway. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2021

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate 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.

  • 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 immediate closure.
     
    The walking track and visitor facilities at the site remain remain open.
     
    Funding is currently being sought to complete necessary repairs. A reopening date is not currently available.

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.

Lighthouses

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