Gold Panning


The Clarence River Wilderness Lodge is part of the Old Tooloom Gold Fields where gold was first discovered in 1857. These fields produced the ‘Lady Bowen’ nugget, which weighed 140ozs. Alluvial gold can still be gold_panning_in_the_clarencefound in the riverbed and some of the gullies. Old shafts and drives are still in existence. There are shallow diggings with shoring timbers on the northern side of the orchard. Frazers Gully which cuts across the center of the property has an old aqua-duct over 1km long, this was cut by hand and used to carry water to the dry diggings. If you would like to try your hand at panning for gold Clarence River Wilderness Lodge has all the equipment available for you to use.
Care should be taken when observing these features.

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