Safety in the bush

The recent close call of a prospector who got lost in Tasmania’s west coast is a good wake-up call to sit down and think about your safety plans when you go out in the bush. A lot of safety planning is just common sense, but there are a few things you can do to minimise your risk, especially if you go out on your own. Here’s a list of the main things I do when preparing for a trip, as well as during the trip.

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Cleaning gold nuggets

You’ve found some nuggets with your metal detector. You finally retrieve them from the ground. You can see they’re gold, but they don’t look very shiny! They’re covered in clay, mud, soil, perhaps with bits of quartz still sticking to them. Maybe it’s even covered in ironstone, the famed ‘black gold’! How do you go about cleaning gold nuggets to make them look as good and shiny as they can?

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Gold in Cygnet and Southern Tasmania

Most Tasmanian gold is found in either the northeast or the western part of the State. Gold in southern Tasmania is more elusive and harder to find than in the north-east and west of the State. The Cygnet goldfield was the main occurrence, but there were minor finds in other locations as well elsewhere in the Huon Valley.

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