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Mathinna Metal Detecting Trip

September 30, 2017 @ 09:00 - 10:00

New Golden Gate mine battery
New Golden Gate mine battery

Rod Holden has kindly given us permission to hold a field trip in his Mathinna exploration licence on Saturday the 30th of September 2017. Since we will be inside a tenement, RSVP is required for this trip, please let PMAT know by the 15th of September if you intend to come.

There is no cost to attend, as long as you’re a PMAT member. If you have recently applied and we still haven’t sent you an invoice, you are welcome to pay your membership in person on the day.

The Mathinna area is very open with little undergrowth, making metal detecting easier than in most places in Tasmania. Historically Mathinna was second only to Beaconsfield in gold production, with most of that having come from the New Golden Gate Mine. Early in its history there are press reports of visitors to the new field coming home with specimens that they had found on the surface. This sounds promising for a trip while the weather is still too cool to get in the water.

Where and when?

We will meet at the Mathinna Oval for a General Meeting at 9:00 am on Saturday the 30th of September 2017. After the meeting and official PMAT business is over, we will spread out to do some metal detecting.

Hazards and conditions

The area is covered in abandoned mining works, and contains many open shafts and adits. The holder of the exploration licence has asked that we respect some conditions:

  • Attendants enter the area at their own risk
  • Finds of gold are to be marked, with a GPS if possible, and recorded for the Exploration Licence holder. In this way we provide him with some value in return for the privilege of prospecting inside his tenement.

Some basic safety precautions should be followed:

  • Travel in pairs if possible
  • There will be a headcount at the meeting and at the end of the day. If you leave please let someone know so we can tick you off.
  • The South Esk valley can be bitterly cold even in late September. It’s not unusual for the temperature to fall several degrees below zero overnight. If you are staying the night, please come prepared for the cold.

Camping is available at the old Mathinna Oval, which has a barbecue, a shed with a fireplace, toilet, and $2 showers. There is no mobile reception in Mathinna, but there is a phone box outside the oval.  It should also be noted that there are no shops in Mathinna, the closest being in Fingal.

As usual if you have any queries, or to RSVP, please use the contact form.


September 30, 2017
09:00 - 10:00


Miguel de Salas
0400 174 956


Mathinna Oval
70 High Street
Mathinna, Tasmania 7214 Australia
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