Public Fossicking Area Collaboration (Aorere River A)

Please feel free to contribute to this tread,any information you would like to share on the public fossicking area (Aorere river area A) 15 km South West of Collingwood. Information may include-vehicle access and parking,track locations,hazards,camping facilities,toilets,accommodation,access and/or local info contact numbers,boundary locations,how bad the sand flies are and last but not least any general locations for finding a little gold.(Or a lot who knows!)

Dont forget to upload any good photos or Youtube links too!!

The more of us who contribute the better so don’t be shy.

This could be an excellent resource for us Paydirt gold seekers!!

Direct link to fossicking area on topo map

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This area includes the Sainbury Falls and Bridge,parking just after the bridge and a Bio toilet halfway between the road and the falls.Nearest official camping is either at Brown hut (end of …raod) or back 20 mins at Collingwood.
Nice picinic spot and swimming hole during summer however this river is prone to flash floods!!
Gold is mainly very fine and can be found amongst the black sand deposits in and around bedrock cracks,potholes and in between large rocks.Flood gravel bars generally contain very little gold.Good luck…check out my Youtube video on this area.

Cheers Mal


Another vid from Jade shows some color and plenty of black sand!..Nice!

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Just upstream from Sainsbury Bridge,diving down between the bedrock scooping up the black sand.

Typical fine gold found in the black sand but very tricky to pan out ,need great patience!!..And don’t sneeze!!

Bainham’s Langford store,always good for an ice cream and a cuppa tea after a hard days fossicking!!


the bainham general store was always a stop on the way back to camp after a day possum hunting… great scones

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