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Post  Nomad on Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:17 am

G’Day Diggers!

Well I may have mentioned in a previous post I was going west, as all young men should to seek my fortune, well the fortune is still over there but I did get some souvenirs.

However, I had a bloody good time; the first port of call was to Esperance (business) then had a look around the Norseman diggings if you’re going to go west then don’t drive through Norseman without having a good look around as its well worth it.

There are some abandoned mines south of Norseman but be careful, as you can see in the pic’s there is old equipment laying around and buildings that no doubt harbor some ghosts, there is access to the portal but it is not advised to go beyond the security gates but it’s obvious that it’s been investigated by the curious.

There is a well formed gravel road running south and parallel with the highway, it is well signed with many sites to visit and excellent private camping sites everywhere, the area does turn up some good finds as I met up with some friendly prospectors from Esperance on their weekly trip to the area and was shown their little haul with one slug going around a solid ounce.

Now I can hear you saying why aint ya still there, well as I said it was a business trip with some time off for good behavior, and will I go back? Well does a fat dog fart? Or does the pope ware a beanie? You bet I will, but this time I know exactly where to go, and am I going to tell you? Is there an honest politician?

I was put onto a nice little spot by a very generous couple and promised not to let on where it was so sorry.

I got a message from Goldstalker telling me about the Lannacorie instructional weekend thanks mate, and I’m going, that’s a gotta be worth it weekend, may even bring the big rig seeing as it’s just down the road.
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Post  mulgadansa on Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:03 pm

Jeez Jim, I reckon we need a locked gate on that border, there's far too many of you other siders getting over here meddling with our Au.
Never mind, it's a big country and lucky you're new to the game. It'll take a couple of years to catch on big time and by then I should have made a dent in MY state.
I'm guessing that we'll see a lot more babyboomers over here in the next decade as we seem to have earned a "wild west" type rep.
I gotta tell you that although it's a big state it's bloody staggering where it's been detected. You can be in the back of beyond thinking you're the first whitefella ever to set foot there and then come across that telltale little square hole in the middle of nowhere. Just history repeating itself, as I find remnants of the guys from the 1800's in some way out places.
My imagination still tells me that camping/detecting here would be a lot more isolated and pleasant than where you come from.
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Post  Guest on Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:03 pm

Been to wa twice, didnt get much gold, but it was an adventure, first time accross the nullabor was unreal, we are lucky to live in such a big country with wide open spaces.

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Post  Nomad on Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:01 pm

mulgadansa wrote:Jeez Jim, I reckon we need a locked gate on that border, there's far too many of you other siders getting over here meddling with our Au.
Never mind, it's a big country and lucky you're new to the game. It'll take a couple of years to catch on big time and by then I should have made a dent in MY state.
I'm guessing that we'll see a lot more babyboomers over here in the next decade as we seem to have earned a "wild west" type rep.
I gotta tell you that although it's a big state it's bloody staggering where it's been detected. You can be in the back of beyond thinking you're the first whitefella ever to set foot there and then come across that telltale little square hole in the middle of nowhere. Just history repeating itself, as I find remnants of the guys from the 1800's in some way out places.
My imagination still tells me that camping/detecting here would be a lot more isolated and pleasant than where you come from.
cheers
Brett

On the trip over and back I was blown away by the number of terrorists (tourists) towing vans I'll bet their all taking ya gold.
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Post  Kon61gold on Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:16 pm

Two years there will be another one there - me
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Post  GoldstalkerGPX on Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:23 pm

Hi All, I have been over to WA twice, once on the train and once I drove, the first trip was pleasure and the second was for work, neither time did I detect (sure as eggs will be next time) While driving the Nullabor I couldn't believe the amount of cyclists on the road. What an absolute pleasure to drive 'the paddock' an amazing countryside we have in this country. I've heard all sorts of stories from truckies and touro's but one thing that I saw while driving was an old fella pushing a shopping trolley along the side of the road, it was loaded up with his belongings and he was picking up aluminium cans for a bit of pocket money I assume.
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Post  Billsymo on Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:07 pm

I Started travelling across the Nullarbor to and Fro from 1962 when there was Dirt road all the way from Wuddinna in South Australia to Norseman in WA. I saw the start of the sealing of the Eyre Highway and it still was not finished before I stopped travelling there in 1972.
The first gold nugget I found in WA was not with a metal detector, it was just sitting on top of the ground on top of a little hill which I climbed to get a Picture of a vast sea of Wilflowers.
That Nugget was the most unusual nugget I have ever seen, because instead of it being gold in colour, it was a silvery colour. When I asked what it was in the towns around the Eastern goldfields, you would be surprised how many people, really pumped me hard as to where I found it, I have never seen so much interest in one little stone., I never told anyone where I found it, but in the last few years I have been over and around that hill dozens of times using my original Garret Deepseeker, then my Minelab 4000 and last year, my new u beaut 4500. And not a whisper of a signal anywhere. It is in the goldfields area but not near any recognised diggings, it beats me how one little gold nugget can appear to be sitting out there all alone with no mates to keep it company.
I thought it might have been platinum because of its colour, no such luck, had it tested in Adelaide and the silver colour was caused because it was not pure and contained a lot of silver an nickel.
I have been to Western Australia about 38 times, always by road, does that qualify me as a local yet in WA.
Travelling to WA now by road is a lot easier, than back when I started, but never underestimate that area. Although there is an asphalt road across there now, breakdowns,punctures, and accidents mean you are a long way from help, and Mobile phones only work when you are within 9 km of a Telstra repeater, usually in towns and settlements.
By the way I was an interstate semi driver in those early days. Razz
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