Gold detecting tips

Before you even turn your detector on walk the area and select the most likely places that you think there may be gold. Be disciplined and grid the most likely areas that you have assessed there will be gold.

It is better to methodically search a specific area rather than wandering around in a random manner trying to find a nugget of gold!

What you might be looking for are;

  • Old dry blowing heaps, old diggings, machine scraping, Leader holes in quartz or ironstone.
  • Old Rubbish Dumps or old timer camps. Sydney tins, never heard of them? they look like a sardine can and would be used to hold nails, gold or any item of value by the miner around the end of the 19th century. I have found these around Westonia in their 100s. So check old trash!
  • Evidence of metal detecting in the past such as filled detector holes, old chaining lines, raked areas, rock piles, markers such as ribbons on trees.
  • Leads dug in the side of hills or gullies.
  • Reefs or outcrops of rock, quartz or ironstone and in Western Australia look for greenstone, this rock forms with the gold
  • Spots where gravels have accumulated, study dry creek beds or flowing creeks, gold is heavy and will settle in the spots where water is moving slowly.

The key is to analyse the area you want to work and then metal detect the area at the places you think are best.

If you have already found gold at the site then you will simply start gridding the area from the place you last found gold.