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Gold and Relics - Day Tours

Creswick, Australia
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About Gold and Relics - Day Tours
Have a ball whilst learning the finer art of gold prospecting in the Aussie bush. We take you out into the goldfields of Victoria and teach you how find gold. On our one day tours there is a delicious bush lunch along with morning and afternoon tea and drinks throughout the day. We commence the one day adventure at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm.
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Peter C wrote a review Oct 2019
Brisbane, Australia34 contributions12 helpful votes
We were a group of 4 with interest in, but no knowledge of, gold prospecting. Enter Darren from Gold and Relics tours. He took total care of us providing the equipment, showing us how to use it all, where to look when in the field, and some interesting history from the gold rush days. An excellent time was had by all. I would highly recommend Darren and Gold & Relic tours for anyone interested in this fascinating hobby.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Lucy G wrote a review Feb 2017
Melbourne, Australia66 contributions36 helpful votes
Did this half day tour on a Saturday with Darren our Tour Guide who was really friendly and helpful. I brought my 9 and 12 year old along who found it fun. Darren showed us around the area and took us to a spot for panning and a spot for using metal detectors. He was really helpful with tips on having success. It was so much fun, I wish we had booked the full day tour, we didn't get enough action. We found specks of gold in the creek with the panning and found a nice little nugget with the metal detector, though there is a knack to all this prospecting, this is why you really need to go on this tour to learn from the experts. We spent about 30 mins panning and 45 mins with gold detector. Its really not much time at all. Morning tea was provided, kids loved the cakes and coke.
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Date of experience: February 2017
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Response from darren289, Tour Operations Manager at Gold and Relics - Day Tours
Responded 21 Feb 2017
So glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour. It was a pleasure having you and your children along to join in the adventure. The morning tour is an introduction to gold prospecting and commences with a tour of the old goldmining diggings, morning tea and then onto some panning followed by gold detecting. In the afternoon we concentrate on gold detecting so you get another 4 hours on the detectors when you book the full day tour. We are happy to extend a half day tour into a full day if we have the room to do so. Thanks for your great review Lucy.
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ladylini wrote a review Dec 2016
Clunes, Australia2 contributions
I have been on four day trips with Darren and not only have I been 100 % successful in my outings, but I was so grateful with the knowledge and advice Darren shared with me. Leanne was accomodating by organising the bookings at such short notice and the lunch they provided was a welcome break. I have seen a lot of the local terrain in the area but feel the highlight will be doing the extensive tour in Western Australia 2017. The greatest investment I have made was buying a detector after going on the many tours and trying all the devices Darren had on offer. He then showed me how to use the device correctly for the different environment. I would recommend doing the tour as an opportunity to be out in the bush, in the company of enthusiastic novices, with a certain chance of finding gold under Darren's instruction. Good luck and happy travels.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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Response from darren289, Tour Operations Manager at Gold and Relics - Day Tours
Responded 5 Dec 2016
Thank you Ladi Lini for your very positive review. Yes, we have shared some great times out in the goldfields recently and I look forward to sharing more adventures with you.
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joyce h wrote a review Dec 2016
Haymarket, Virginia11 contributions2 helpful votes
The terrific operators of the tours , particularly Leanne who coordinated the tour, and Darren who conducted the tour. I took the full day tour and it started with a prompt on-time pick up by Darren in the largest 4 wheel vehicle I've ever seen. Then off to the gold fields for a preliminary explanation of where we were and what we were going to do. Next we were geared up with medal detectors and sent out to find some gold. Darren certainly provided expert advice on where to look and how to dig for the targets. Morning tea was served, and followed by a wonderful lunch which was a nice break. The afternoon was back to the gold fields and a continued search for the good stuff. At least half of the people on the tour found some gold, including me. It was the highlight of the tour for me and one of the high points of my entire trip to Australia. I am very jealous of Karolina, a local who has taken many day tours with Darren and found the most gold, as she can go out whenever she wants to. Unfortunately, I have to travel 10,212 miles (16,435 km) to get there. Terrific people and the best thing to do for a great day in the Ballarat area. Will definitely recommend to my friends and hope to return myself. Steve Hoover
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Date of experience: October 2016
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Response from darren289, Tour Operations Manager at Gold and Relics - Day Tours
Responded 5 Dec 2016
Thank you for your great review Steve. We Aussies take it for granted that we have some of the best goldfields in the world to detect in and we love sharing them with our American friends. We would love to welcome you back sometime in the not too distant future, Steve.
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SpBay25 wrote a review Oct 2016
Adelaide, Australia1 contribution
We finally decided to have a go at detecting, and what a fine team we picked to do it with. On their one-day tour Darren made us feel at home and went out of his way trying different equipment and locations to make sure we found gold, which we did. His knowledge of the subject was impeccable, we are glad to have shared in the experience. I did everything that I had wanted except drive the OKA but I am sure Darren would have let me sit in the driver's seat if I had asked :-)
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Date of experience: October 2016
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Response from darren289, Tour Manager at Gold and Relics - Day Tours
Responded 2 Nov 2016
Thank you for the positive review. I am happy that you enjoyed your day out gold detecting with us. Yes, I would have let you sit in the driver's seat if you had asked!
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