Gold fever: how to be a gold prospector in Western Australia

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Western Australia gold nugget Photo: Bill O'Connor
Western Australia gold nugget Photo: Bill O’Connor

Prospecting is the stuff of legend and fantasy, and plenty of people dream about finding the precious metal synonymous with wealth.

Gold prices are up around 15 per cent so far this year, making now a tempting time to have a crack at searching for gold.

But for some prospecting has become a way of life, regardless of the gold price.

Bill O’Connor, who has created a detailed website called Gold Prospecting in WA, has been prowling for gold since retiring from his job at Australia Post in 2005…

…Also you need a pickaxe, map, training and a $25 Miner’s Right — the type of licence required for gold prospecting, which is available from WA government agency, the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP)…MORE (

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