Speargrass, Spinifex and Small Gold
I’m not too sure where to start this
story but I suppose I’d better mention that after my 2011 article ‘First virgin
patch in WA’, I was going to do a follow up article in 2012 but it ended up being
a pretty ordinary year. We had five 40Es in various locations over a three
month period but at each spot someone had camped and detected nearby. There
were fresh holes everywhere and all we could do was clean up the crumbs they’d
The last spot we visited was a good
distance out of Meekatharra and we were feeling lucky. We got in late in the
day and set up camp just as the sun was going down. The pastoral leaseholder
informed us the next day that we’d just missed a detecting group from Victoria.
There must have been about 20 people swinging detectors because there were chain
marks everywhere we went.
So, all up, the 2012 season in WA netted
me 21.7 grams in 19 days detecting.
Fast forward to 2013. We arrived in
Halls Creek on the 11th of June and the weather wasn't too bad. The next day we
checked out our 40E out past Old Halls Creek. There weren’t too many camping
options but we managed to get the van into a spot with a bit of a breeze coming
down through a gully. Detecting was going to be very interesting as most of the
ground was quite steep and hard to get into, and my old knees just aren’t what
they used to be.