Gold Mining Can be Combined with just about every type of camping trip. With the high price of almost $1700 per ounce, I can say it's worth more than just a look.

Gold is found in many places all over the world. The three main countries have been South Africa, USA and Australia. China and Canada have good resources and there have been showings elsewhere.

In this section I'm going to include letters from other people who have been involved in gold-mining let them tell their story at the end I will tell you my story.


Charters Towers is unpretentious and everything Australian, formally the second largest city in Queensland. Easily reached, just over an hour south west from Townsville, it is perfect as a base to discover more of the golden surrounding countryside, or as a leisurely getaway. The versatility of your rental car makes it an ideal choice of transport,and with a large range of accommodation choices you can easily plan an enjoyable getaway.

The best time to visit is March through to October, as the nights are cool but not freezing, and the days are deliciously warm and sunny, with a number of beautiful green parks to enjoy a picnic and laze the day away. Storms sweep through unexpectedly at times so come prepared for all seasons.

History buffs will love the city scape, each beautifully designed building with a story to tell. During the gold rush, Charters Towers was a thriving city, and the local museum captures the spirit of this unique town. The mining and beef industries are now the heart and soul of the economy, and the town is still thriving in all aspects. Just strolling through the city center will give you a better understanding of the community here. There is delightful country food on every corner, and always a local with time to chat.

Don't walk past the Miners Cottage, refurbished as a replica of the century old cottages, and also doubling as a museum. And the century old Historical Ambulance Station is fascinating, with ancient ambulances, uniforms and log books now much loved relics from the past.

One popular tourist attraction is the Venus Gold Battery. You might wonder what on earth this is, and so did I until I realized it was one most revered, plus the last of the historical gold mining sites around. There are guided tours into this absolute step back in time, with movie features revealing how the gold was extracted, and plenty of interesting displays which bring those golden days alive once more.

When you are ready to venture further, Towers Hill Lookout provides not only a wonderful panoramic view of the town, but also offers interesting historical films at night, so undoubtedly any time is great to make the trip. Nature lovers will also be in their element, with kangaroos, wallabies, whip tails and the regal wedge tail eagles in all directions. You will need your camera and a lot of time to make the most of this fabulous location. There are plenty of gold mining stories lurking in the hills, so take your time reading the signposts scattered along the walk to the summit. If you happen to arrive on the May Day weekend, you will be treated to the annual country music festival held at Towers Hill. With music, poetry and plenty of country tucker so good you won't want to leave.

There are plenty of other outdoor alternatives, such as fishing, camping and swimming. Head to the Burdekin River and you will reach the Flat Rock camping area, perfect for a spot of barramundi fishing or a leisurely stroll along the waters edge. With a picnic table and barbeque this is an ideal spot to head for the day. Closer to town, the Charters Tower Tourist Park is a popular base, with great amenities and lots of trees for those hot days. You might want to set up camp for a while and enjoy a few restful days before heading back to civilization.

There is no doubt Charters Towers is a beautiful inland city, for so many reasons. The architecture is incomparable, such is the surrounding landscape. However the common thread that brings so many back is the friendliness of the people, their food, music and company. There is a sense of community here that makes this a wonderful place to retreat to, away from the noise and business of the big city life. Bring your fishing rod, your camera and a sense of discovery to enjoy everything Charters Towers has to offer.

Jenny Brewer is a travel agent whose passion is writing. After spending her leisure time writing time writing children stories, she now enjoys writing about travel destinations. For more of her articles visit Car Hire Australia

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One weekend in July 2002 Buddy Davis and I set out for a weekend of Gold panning in North Carolina. Our local club was having a common dig where each person that signs up gets a share of the Gold from the dig.

Thermal City Gold Mine is a very interesting place. They have cabins for rent and camp sites, we choose to tent camp along the river that ran through the mine. Besides working the common dig, we also bought a front end loader full of dirt and had them place it in the stream just below our camp site. We planned to use the small high banker that I owned to work the dirt for gold.

The high banker doubles as a two 1/2 inch dredge or a high banker. It has a small gas pump that sprays water over the dirt and washes it down the sluice where the gold is trapped along with the black sand. When the black sand starts to back up or the pump runs out of gas, we wash out the sand into a 5-gallon bucket. We then take a break and divide the sand, panning out the gold. Panning is the fun part, you wash the dirt and sand off the top until you have only a small amount in the corner of the pan. Then you swirl the water around in a clockwise motion until the black sand is slowly moved and the gold shines through. That is truly a lovely sight. You continue this motion until the gold is free of the sand, then you take your dry finger and touch the gold. It will stick to the end of your finger until you touch the water in a small bottle. The gold will then drop very quickly to the bottom of the bottle.

We worked all day Saturday on the common dig and our private dirt pile until dark and retired to our tent. This sure was living, you could hear the stream just below the tent and the summer night was nice and cool in the mountains. We had just dozed off when we heard a train approaching. We had been there all day and had not noticed any trains or tracks. The approaching train got louder and louder until we were sure that it was going to run over our tent. I have never been so close to a passing train in my life. We looked out of the tent and just across the stream and up on the side of the bank where you could not see the tracks was a freight train starting its long pull up the side of the mountain.

We had a good laugh and dozed back off to sleep. Shortly we heard the screeching of train brakes that got so loud that you could hardly stand it. A freight train was coming down the mountain and applying the brakes all the way. That is the way it went all night long, a train would go up the mountain and then another would come down the mountain. After a while it was not so funny. The next day it was all quite again, they must run that route only at night.

It may have been pay back time for me. Many years ago we were on a church retreat in a cabin in the North Georgia mountains and I took a tape player and a tape with the sound of an approaching train. That night I played the tape on the porch of the cabin. The train sounded like it went right through the cabin. Everyone got a good laugh about the joke, and now the joke was on me.

That Sunday evening we gathered for the drawing for the Gold Nuggets, the first person would get the largest and it was a nice one weighting over an ounce. I kept waiting for my name and then Buddy got his name called and received a small picker. At last I heard my name, I was last on the list. However, they had a special for the last person, it was a couple of crystallized nuggets or I should say small pickers. However they were unusual and I was pleased.

Buddy and I did recover a fair amount of Gold from our load of dirt and enjoyed the weekend, except for the sleepless night with the trains.

Hubert Crowell, Cave Explorer


We all have a story to tell. And I promised I would tell you are story. Started first part of 2000, we were to go to Georgia from Florida for a weekend with the LDMA.

Let me stop right here and explain what LDMA and GPA Stands for, GPA stands for gold prospector's of America, and LDMA stands for loss Dutchman mining Association.Let me say a couple things about these two groups before we go on, GPA has sites that you can go to free. GPA cost around $100 to join.

To give you a good understanding of GPA watch the TV show on Saturday morning about GPA. LDMA let's say this is a step up from the GPA. GPA has a large book that shows you in every state where you can find gold. When you join this group you will get this book and a few other things that comes with it. This was not meant to be a sales promotion or GPA or LDMA. The trip to Georgia was sponsored by LDMA and to get into this site you must be a member of LDMA.

Now that I have confused you enough! Let me continue. We took our travel trailer up to Georgia to give us something to stay at while we were gold-mining. And I'm sure glad we did because it rained most of the weekend. This weekend is set up by the LDMA of that area, you use their equipment and any gold found go to the LDMA group.

At the end of the outing all the gold is divided up and given to each member that participate. After the outing we stayed on another week and we used our own equipment and any gold that we got was ours to keep. The reason we stayed on another week was that there was going to be another gold outing in North Carolina which of course we went to. We spent about a week there before the outing start, using our own equipment to mine gold, which we kept. This outing was much the same as the one in Georgia except for we figured we were North Carolina.

Pat my wife has Relatives in Virginia so we figured we'd come this far we might as well go on with it a bit more. I know this is gold fever or just a fun at the outings provide, we want to do more. From Virginia we headed cross-country to California. There is a GPA campground in Scott Bar, this is the northern part of California close to Oregon. This was close to the end of the gold Season. I say gold season, California has a law that when the salmon start coming up stream, Gold season is over. By this time the water is getting too cold work in.

When the season ends in California everybody migrates to Arizona for the winter, we went too. Of course from Arizona we headed back to Florida. A one weekend trip turned into a 11 month trip. And as much fun as we were having if it wasn't for some problems in Florida I think we'd still be there. I am going to add the information about GPA,So you can get a hold of then if you are interested.

Gold Prospectors Association of America 43445 Business Park Drive Suite #113 Temecula, CA 92590

Toll Free: 800-551-9707 Local: 951-699-4749 Fax: 951-699-4062

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Gold Mining Tools - What You Need

There are some simple gold mining tools that are essential for any gold miner to have. Practice makes perfect with these tools, and some are easier to learn how to use than others. We recommend starting with gold panning, as this is by far the easiest way to get acquainted with the process.

Gold Panning Supplies

Gold panning is the simplest way to look for gold. It takes a bit of patience and a few simple tools, but it is still a very effective way to find small amounts of gold in streambeds.

What you'll need: Gold Pan-to filter down to the gold This is all you need to get gold. The items below aid in fining gold.

Finishing pan--smaller pan to do the finer filtering.

Trowel and small pick-to dig up stream bed material.

Magnet-Gold is not magnetic, so you can magnetically remove magnetic sands.

Tweezers-for plucking out gold particles

Snuffer Bottle--Used for "sucking" gold particles out of pan.

Funnel - Aids in transferring rich sands into sample bottle

Sample Bottle - A big mouth helps with the transfer, also plastic is safer and won't break.

Magnifying Glass-to zoom in on sand particles.

Classifiers, screens, sieves-these are optional, they can help with the filtering process.

Sluice Boxes

Sluice boxes let the stream do the work for you! A very simple sluice box can greatly increase your productivity because you can process more material more quickly. Serious prospectors may want to use a gas powered sluice, which ups your productivity even more.

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