Overcast morning. Departed 0915. To Aldi and Dan Murphys then out of Shepparton to Tatura to get a Miners Right license and morning tea. On to Rushworth and finally Whroo.
This is quite remote with no connection resulting in the delay of this blog.
Whroo (pronounced "Roo") is a former gold rush area which used to have 20000 residents and a fully established town with substantial brick buildings, churches etc but all that remains is the workings and the bush.
Today's photo is the light at the end of the tunnel. They dug the centre out of Balaclava Hill by open cut (Australias first open cut mine), then to make removal of the ore easier they dug a tunnel through the hill to the hollowed out centre and took the ore out on a tramway.
We selected a campsite in the forest and shortly after set off into the diggings. Found lots of junk but no gold. Suspect the Safari is not up to finding the tiny specks they seem to get here.
Later a Coaster which I recognized from Shepparton arrived. Owner is Mike.
He is a yaffler but a dedicated semi professional prospector with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has offered to let us use his Garrett detectors tomorrow. He loaned us lots of reading material. Gayle starting to get interested!!!!