Long Gully Gold Aplenty
Early winter must be every north Queensland gold fossicker’s favourite time of year. After spending the hottest time of the year from November through to early March sitting at home reading past issues of Gold Gem & Treasure magazine in a desperate attempt to appease a growing urge, it’s like a dog with an itch that he can’t quite reach. It’s probably the same for most detector operators bitten by the gold bug.
For me the excitement of going detecting is amplified by the prospect of spending my first trip of the year at Long Gully near Forsayth in North Queensland. Long Gully and Dell’s Hole Stations are cattle stations owned by the Young family. The station owners again allowed access to their properties in April 2011 and Long Gully Gold was born. They had been closed to the public since 2000.
I’m the owner of a GPX5000 and because the property has been a no-go zone until recent years, I was sure there would be easy gold to be found, and I was right. I’ve made a couple of trips to Long Gully over the past two years and on each occasion I’ve found some nice pieces of gold as well as having the pleasure of witnessing many other detector operators unearth some nice looking and rather large lumps with weights of up to 14 ounces.