Bits of gold and lots of dust at Mount Browne
The trip to Milparinka in the north-western corner of NSW took us a couple of days with an overnight stay in White Cliffs. The 235 kilometres of dirt from White Cliffs to Milparinka took about four hours and from there we made our way out to Mount Browne.
We knew that most of the gold from the area around Milparinka and Tibooburra was small and for this reason we’d decided to hunt with small coils. After setting up camp we went for a short drive but one spot was pretty much the same as any other – masses of quartz as far as the eye could see – so we settled on an area reasonably close to camp. For the next few hours we battled with an ever-intensifying wind until finally, empty-handed, we had to call it quits.
Back at camp we caught up with some other prospectors who had just arrived but the wind, which had really increased in ferocity, made the prospect of settling into camp quite unattractive so we decided to go for a drive to try and find some likely detecting spots.
We eventually came across an area my partner thought showed some potential and with half an hour of sunlight left, out came the detectors and picks and away we went.
The full article can be found in the May 2010 issue of Gold Gem and Treasure. Subscribe now.