Try your hand at panning for gold in an authentic bush setting.
A key waypoint on the Fossickers Way touring itinerary of New England and Tamworth regions, Three Creeks Gold Mine is a small, working commercial mine that opens its gate to tourists looking to experience gold panning for themselves.
Run by the warm, friendly Joy and Paul Myers, guests are welcome to find a place to camp in the natural bush setting, and are offered lessons in panning for gold and digging for crystals. Equipment is available to rent or buy, and there are several stations set up for cleaning and sorting.
When we arrived for the grand tour in was in the middle of school holidays and several families were set up on the banks of the creek, panning in the rocky shallows for a hint of the glitzy stuff.
The ultimate treasure hunt, fossicking is great fun for kids and big kids alike and is a fabulous activity to get the family outdoors and enjoying one another’s company searching for nuggets of the non-chicken variety. Although it should be said feuds over such nuggets are known to be more volatile!
Three Creeks Gold Mine is ‘off the grid’, powered by solar and generators, and so provides the double experience for visitors searching for both treasures and serenity. The drive in via Upper Bingara is very scenic on an unsealed road that weaves through forests of statuesque, thousand-year-old grass trees and passes historic schoolhouses and homesteads.
Visitors are invited to use the shared camp kitchen facilities, which includes barbeques, and there are bathroom facilities too.
So for an affordable, ‘outside the square’ family holiday idea, why not pack up the camping gear and the kids and try your hand at Three Creeks Gold Mine.