Hart Hill Camping on Thane is a perfect place for fossicking, exclusive to campers, with large creek frontage (1600m), and a gold seam running along our ridge. Apart from the creek, Hart Hill is located in the guts of several state forests; Leyburn, Durikai, and Talgia - the latter two being known for its rich gold deposits. And, we are a mere 1500m from the public fossicking area at Thanes Creek.
Want to give it a go!!!
We've got you covered...
Whether you just want to 'give it a go', or your fossicking license has expired - we've got you covered on Hart Hill with our Commercial Fossicking License, saving you time and money. We also hire pans and sieves, and sell an array of fossicking equipment at very competitive prices.
With the huge amount of creek hugging Hart Hill, panning for alluvial gold yields some finds. Panning workshops held at Hart Hill will help those new to the game, alerting them to tips and tricks to expediate those finds. And for those with a detector in hand, it helps in the search for more illusive alluvial finds.
People are welcome to go anywhere on the property at Hart Hill, and with a detector in hand, and given the history of the township of Thanes Creek, fossickers have found old English Police buttons, shot gun pellets, various hand-made tools, and alike.
Fossicking Deed of Intent
Respectfully pan, sift and detect
Access any area on the property – foot traffic only
Fill in my diggings
Leave the dirt and water in the creek
Ensure I have appropriate health and safety protection – boots, sun-cream, hat etc.
Use a sluice
Dig into the creek walls where it would undermine the bank and its vegetation
Not take dirt or water out of the creek
Enter neighbouring properties – only keeping to the creek bed or Hart Hill side.
Please note: If you wish to fossick at Hart Hill, we ask that you read, and abide by our Fossickers Deed of Intent.
"For leisure not for treasure"
The Queensland Department of Natural Resources have their rules of engagement.
If you fossick offsite or without Mark or I, you will require a fossicking license, which you can get online and download the permit onto your phone or tablet. These can be less than $10 for an individual, and less than $15 for a family for a month and it entitles you to fossick anywhere in Queensland during that time.
They have a list of rules and responsibilities that protect the environment and its resources, and provides some guidelines for health and safety when fossicking.
History of the Gold Fields
The goldfields in the vicinity include Thanes Creek, Talgai, Leyburn, Canal Creek, Palgrove, Pikedale and Lucky Valley. Gold was first discovered at Lord John Swamp (Lucky Valley goldfield) in 1852.
Alluvial gold was discovered at Canal Creek 50km west of Warwick in 1863. In the following year the Talgai field (also known as Darkey's Flat) supported both alluvial and reef mining. The richest alluvial gold was won from Dunns Gully, 5km south of Pratten. The largest reefs that were worked on this field were located at Mount Gammie North.
In 1868 alluvial gold was discovered at Thanes Creek, and in 1879 the first reef , Just-in-Time, (located a mere 200m 'as the crow flies' from Hart Hill) was worked. Further reefs were discovered in 1881 and included the Queen and the King mines. The mines were worked steadily until about 1884 when many of the mines reached water level and the ore became pyritous causing a general decline of the fields.
Very little work was then done until early 1887 when another rush followed the discovery of gold at Glenelg to the south. After renewed interest, some existing mines were reopened but with little success. In 1893 the St Patricks (Talgai) and the El Dorado (Thanes Creek) were discovered. Other fields discovered include Leyburn (1872), Pikedale (1877) and Palgrove (1897).
The eventual demise of the goldfields was attributed to the low average grade of the ore, poor mining methods, lack of suitable crushing and treatment plants, pyritic ore, high cost of transport and the periodic discovery of richer fields throughout Queensland.