The Golden Triangle gold mining and gold mines in Victoria Australia

Goldmines in Victoria Australia.

Victoria is a southern state of Australia with an area unusually rich gold mining belt quite close to our Capital city of Melbourne.

Melbourne is built around Port Phillip Bay, with other major cities like Ballarat and Bendigo within an hour's drive inland from Melbourne all huge gold producers in the past.t

These areas provide a wonderful playground for those of us who like to pan for gold, seach for nuggets and investigate old gold mines.

Moliagul, between Bendigo and St Arnaud is famous as the site of the "welcome stranger" a single nugget found at Moliagul which weighed 69Kilos! Many others have been found since, but this was the biggest,

A lot of large nuggets probably remain at Moliagul. This is due to the problem metal detectors have registering signals correctly through the local ironstone.

Many of the goldmines in this part of Victoria produced tons of gold, with one mine alone producing more than 40 tonnes.

Moliagul was and still is an exciting place to find gold nuggets, and a friend of my father did just that for many years after retiring, and found quite a lot of gold around the area, enough to keep him and his girlfriend in a comfortable lifestyle.

Ballarat still has a working gold mine for tourists.

The Township of Walhalla
The Township of Walhalla

Mining near Walhalla

In Victoria the gold rush started in around 1850 and continued for more than 15 years, many declaring the end in 1866. Walhalla lasted till 1911.

Melbourne was to grow very rich from the goldrush, and many other "gold" cities like Ballarat and Bendigo had huge boosts to growth from all the mining activity in the golden triangle.

Walhalla is well to the southeast of Ballarat and Bendigo, but the area was very rich, and returned many thousands of ounces of gold too. The mountain and river views in this gold town are spectacular, as it is nestled in the river valley surrounded by mountains, and the town is very narrow due to the very narrow valley it is in.

Daylight hours are severely curtailed in the winter as the sun does not rise till late and sets early behind the mountains. Some wonderful and almost unknown mines are scattered right throughout this area, and it has been my privilege to have searched for gold throughout many of them.

More gold.

Starting from Walhalla there is gold all the way around Melbourne and even in some of the suburbs. For an exciting look inside an old goldmine area go to the link.


The "welcome stranger" nugget found near Ballarat.
The "welcome stranger" nugget found near Ballarat.
The "Shamrock" Hotel Bendigo
The "Shamrock" Hotel Bendigo
Gold shop Ballarat.
Gold shop Ballarat.

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UK Wordsmith 7 years ago

An interesting and well written history lesson, Earnest. Thank you.

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you UK Wordsmith, I will be writing more on the subject soon.

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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

I remember when a huge nugget was found just outside Bendigo, in the early 1990's I think. It was brought into our local bank branch under police guard and kept in the safe overnight. Then left for Melbourne. Was quite big, just smaller than a football. It was found near Inglewood I think just north of Bendigo.

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks Jewels, I recall a large nugget from there, I will look it up and include it in the hub, great stuff!

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shamelabboush 7 years ago

you are Lucky for mining and searching thre :)If only I can come there... Thanks dear for the nice hub.

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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Earnestshub, Nice Hub you stirred up some memories for me as well. I can remember as a kid going out the back of Sabstepol in the mullock heaps and looking for left over scraps of gold.

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PLM 7 years ago

Gold panning is fun in my neck of the woods. We make a fun habit of creek panning.

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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

Hi, Earnest, if you're not careful you'll start a gold rush!

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glendoncaba 7 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse

So all those stories on animal planet with those poisonous snakes were made up to discourage the rest of us from moving to Australia to get gold in them there hills.

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JonTutor 7 years ago from USA

Cool article about Australian gold rush... learned some cool stuff today.

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you JonTutor! Glad you found it. I have quite a few more of these, and more coming.

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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

earnest...I'm a weekend prospector and have worked many creeks in North Carolina....often spending more for gas than the gold was worth monetarily....but the fun was worth far send me some rich dirt to pan.

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

We do have some rich dirt, but like America, most of it is not easy to find. Inside the BB Quartz was the richest ore I have ever seen personally, but an old friend of my Dad's still lives off the gold that he finds with panning and a gold detector for nuggets....

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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here I know I'm coming to Australia....finding gold....visiting you, Deb and Peter.....what an adventure that'd be. Think I could find enough gold to pay for the trip??? What kind of detectors are most successful down there?

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

R.Blue, there are organized inland trips that are very productive. 19 people on two of these trips found 19 oz of gold between them.

As for detectos, the Minelab GPX4500 hooked up to the 14" eliptical mono Gold Stalker from Coiltekis the go!

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prziloczek 7 years ago from Wisbech, Cambs, UK

I always wondered why Melbourne developed into the great city it now is. Well explained!

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

It is amazing what was built by the gold rush. Melbourne and most of the larger cities in Victoria!

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cashmere 7 years ago from India

Hi, We have our own golden triangle in India...but that's more of a tourists circuit. :)

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks cashmere, I will take a look.

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kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

earnest, I want one.

Not cool. It's early and now I'll be thinking of gold all day. sigh.

great hub for sure, again my friend


Kimberly xo

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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Kimberley I can really relate to that. A gold mine to play around in looking for treasure is a major buzz. :)

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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

I found a gold mine too, it's called Ernestshub and it's full mine-less, no, no, treasures!

Cheers mate don't we all love history?

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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

I found a goldmine of funny stories when you fired up on hubpages.

Thanks mate!

Waheed 3 years ago

What do we as Australians do on Public Holidays ?The commercial invvloement that introduces office sweeps and guests privileges to promote a lazy day at work with the television or radio tuned not to far away from the channel nine or sky channel not to mention the rotation visit to the local TAB just for the girls in the office to keep the interests on song and testing our punters intuition. If we make the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday Nationwide we take away the commercial applications that roll into fanfare to envision time off work at work and the Millions of people throwing $2 each way on the pink silks $2 each way on the fav and $2 each way on the Omen bet that resembles the kids names the BF or the favourite birthday numbers that missed in the lotto the week before and don’t forget $2 each way on the leading jock and a fiver on one of outsiders jumping from the inside barrier. The game day preparations that evoke the lead up to the Cup is a sacred thing the truth behind the news is that everybody loves the pony's because that is the one time of the year at work the boss is happy to stand side by side with you and not be expecting you to rush the floor for customers or type up the next data sheet before it hits the office floor. You take our office romance away from the Melbourne Cup you take away our Melbourne Cup the RDO's the sick day to catch up at your local picnic race day meet is a given for all our race lovers and there plus 1’s but the Cup is the working mans Christmas the time when equality is race 1-5 where the rest is up to the parade ring as all eyes end up trackside on our famous turf at Flemington the race that stops a nation for 15 minutes of spring dresses, suits for hoops and champagne fame The race that stops a nation at work for work and because of work the dance that plays our heart to only be apart of the game day Quinella, Tri or Quaddie hoping for the office sweep and the first four as a kicker, constant smiles for two miles and the fist full of the tickets the cheers and jeers coming round the turn and the minutes of the stewards.

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