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  1. #1

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    Laws and Rules about Treasure hunting or prospecting in Australia

    Gents,

    Any information about treasure hunting and prospecting in Australia? Are visitors allowed to conduct such activities?
    What area in Australia is the most viable place for such activities?

    Thanks for any information.

    Regards,

    Angel
    THE BEST KEPT SECRET IS WAVED UNDER OUR NOSES SO THAT WE'LL NEVER KNOW WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR...ANGEL

  2. #2

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
    Explorer II, Compass 77b, Tesoro shadow X2
    6,306
    1937 times
    Banner Finds (3)

    Re: Laws and Rules about Treasure hunting or prospecting in Australia

    When you say "are visitors allowed ...." do you mean, as in ........ are they treated differently than Austrailians are? I mean, if locals do it there (nugget hunting is big there, and goes on all the time), do you think a "visitor" would be treated differently? Perhaps someone cards individuals out in the field, to see if they're a visitor, verses a resident? I don't think so

    A buddy of mine traveled ghost towns, old parks, etc... there and got silver coins about everywhere he went. He says that the Austrailian md'rs are almost exclusively nugget hunters. Not many coin/relic hunters, relatively speaking. So he found the parks to be riddled with coins, and common (1940s type losses) silver. He even got an 1850s gold coin near a Light House.
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

  3. #3

    Jul 2005
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    Re: Laws and Rules about Treasure hunting or prospecting in Australia

    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for the reply. What I meant for visitor is 'those who are not resident' in the country, like tourist.
    THE BEST KEPT SECRET IS WAVED UNDER OUR NOSES SO THAT WE'LL NEVER KNOW WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR...ANGEL

  4. #4
    us
    DFCA

    Dec 2006
    Kansas
    Minelab E-trac
    5,903
    20 times
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Laws and Rules about Treasure hunting or prospecting in Australia

    I don't know if this is true, but I read somewhere that you can only hunt with permission

  5. #5

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
    Explorer II, Compass 77b, Tesoro shadow X2
    6,306
    1937 times
    Banner Finds (3)

    Re: Laws and Rules about Treasure hunting or prospecting in Australia

    I have not heard of any country holding out different rules for locales, verses tourists, when it comes to metal detecting. To uphold such a thing, are there regulators/officials that wander the countrysides, carding people with detectors, to see what their country of origin is? As I say, detecting is big over there, so obviously, it's common-place. Check with dealers over there,, and see if their customers (locals) have some special priveleges, that non-austrailans don't. All the major manufacturers will have their dealers listed on their website. Simply look to see the listings for ones in Austraila, call them, and ask.
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

  6. #6

    Jul 2005
    365
    2 times

    Re: Laws and Rules about Treasure hunting or prospecting in Australia

    Yeah, I think that's the best thing to do.

    Thanks Tom
    THE BEST KEPT SECRET IS WAVED UNDER OUR NOSES SO THAT WE'LL NEVER KNOW WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR...ANGEL

  7. #7
    us
    May 2008
    Wisconsin
    GARRETT GTI 2500, Garrett Infinium
    2,945
    585 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Laws and Rules about Treasure hunting or prospecting in Australia

    Can't believe the Aussies are up tight......................
    "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." Friedrich Nietzsche

    "You ask where I live. I cannot tell you. I am a Voyageur, a Chicot, sir. I live everywhere. My grandfather was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. My father was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. I will also die while en route, and another Chicot will take my place. Such is our course of life."

  8. #8
    au
    Enjoy Lfe. There is not much left as we know it.

    Oct 2009
    Queensland
    Whites MXT 2 x Gold Snoops Whites Bullseye Pinpointer
    242
    1 times

    Re: Laws and Rules about Treasure hunting or prospecting in Australia

    I have been hunting in Australia and New Zealand since 1976 and never had a problem anywhere. Only places off limits are National Parks. (The bl##**y greenies are trying to create more national parks out of state forests now) (This will only lose them votes)
    Obviously asking permission applies, but as to your question, visitors have the same rights as Aussies as regards detecting. Tourist beaches are the best but they have beach cleaning machines and plenty of detector competition. Best to do it late evening. As for relics. I have never been into those except when I find something in the goldfields. We didn't have civil wars here and if I wanted to find lead I just need to go to the dams where people fish and find dozens of sinkers. I have carried my detector on a plane between New Zealand and Australia many times and so long as it is clean (no dirt) you won't have a problem. You may get questioned by customs if it is a brand new machine as they may think you are bringing it in for someone and would be required to pay duty on it.

    The Cat
    Queensland, Australia. Any more questions, just ask.

  9. #9
    au
    Oct 2010
    Adelaide
    Minelab
    1
    Prospecting

    Re: Laws and Rules about Treasure hunting or prospecting in Australia

    There are no special rules for visitors wanting to detect in Australia, as a visitor you have the same rights as me.
    Detecting for coins and artifacts does not require a permit but in some states you are required to hold a Miner's Right for detecting for Gold.
    In Western Australia a Miner's Right costs $25, our dollar is on a parity with the $US dollar at present. This Miners' Right is a once off lifetime licence and available from any W.A. mines registrar.
    In Victoria a Miner's Right is $29.90 for 2 years.
    In Queensland you must have a Fossicker's Licence this costs $6.50 for one month or $24.20 for 6 months.
    There are laws when detecting for Gold, such as areas covered by mining leases, exploration leases etc. where you need permission of the lease holder, most of this information is on-line, Google the Department of Mines in State you want to visit
    No licence is required for South Australia, Northern Territory or New South Wales provided you abide by a few simple rules and are not a professional.
    While there is no licence for coin hunting or relic hunting common sense prevails, don't dig up parks etc. It is however illegal to detect in National Parks.
    I hope this helps, if you want further info don't be afraid to ask.
    Regards, Brian

  10. #10

    Jul 2005
    365
    2 times

    Re: Laws and Rules about Treasure hunting or prospecting in Australia

    Hi Brian,

    Thanks for the info.

    Angel
    THE BEST KEPT SECRET IS WAVED UNDER OUR NOSES SO THAT WE'LL NEVER KNOW WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR...ANGEL

 

 

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