Join with us on a 770km (470 mile) across the remote and historic Cape York region in North Queensland, Australia. Starting on the east coast, we push inland in the footsteps of the prospectors and early settlers who first came to this region in the 1860s. We explore a number of old sites in the goldfields, fit in a bit of metal detecting, and end our journey at the historic Overland Telegraph Station on the west coast of the Cape overlooking the Gulf of Carpentaria. We hope you enjoy this video and can actually sit through the full 46 minutes! Happy Fossicking to you all! Colleen and Warren. www.nqexplorers.com www.facebook.com/nqexplorers www.garrettaustralia.com.au
A day trip to one of our favourite detecting locations turns up some nice old relics, bottles and silver coins. On this particular outing we were privileged to be accompanied by George Mayer of the North Queensland Miner’s Den. George, a local ‘legend’, is a well-recognised authority on North Queensland relic and gold fossicking. We hope you enjoy our day trip with George as much as we did! If you are ever up in North Queensland, be sure to drop in and see George at the North Queensland Miner’s Den for all your detecting requirements. Thanks for watching and Happy Fossicking! (Please also note that this is the first movie fully edited by Colleen – the previous editor has been demoted) Colleen and Warren. www.nqexplorers.com www.facebook.com/nqexplorers and check out George’s site at www.nqminersden.com
This April sees the release of the first instalment in a series of metal detecting road trips: “Across the Cape” — a 770km (470 mile) journey in the footsteps of the prospectors and settlers of the 1800s. Please enjoy this short preview! Warren and Colleen. www.nqexplorers.com www.facebook.com/nqexplorers www.garrettaustralia.com.au
We return to a site we visited regularly in 2012/13, but it has been almost a year since our last sortie. On the way in we have to battle thick scrub and flooded creeks typical of a North Queensland ‘wet’ season. Nevertheless, we manage to undertake our 8th metal detecting sortie to the site of a 1944 Australian Army Casualty Clearing Station (CCS). The day turns up militaria aplenty plus a surprise U.S. Army relic. (Thanks to Hugh — farenheit1100 for assistance in identification) We hope you enjoy this experience of a very remote and ‘inaccessible’ bush site! Please ensure your YouTube video quality settings are on “720 HD”. The previous 7 sorties to this site can be viewed at our channel www.youtube.com/user/nqexplorers Thanks for watching and please take the time to visit our site www.nqexplorers.com and www.facebook.com/nqexplorers and www.garrettaustralia.com.au Happy Hunting everyone!
We spend a couple of hours detecting an area of a WW2 Hospital site which was hitherto inaccessible due to very dense lantana undergrowth. A fire had cleaned the area up so in we went — but right from the start Colleen was hitting the finds one after the other and so my detector was put away and I just followed here around with the camera! Amazing surface finds for a WW2 site that has lain undisturbed for 70 years, a “Rising Sun”, possibly from an AANS Nurse’s uniform, and a ‘sunbaking’ ‘AUSTRALIA’. We hope you enjoy this short video and the associated historical information. Happy Hunting! Colleen and Warren.
A short explanation of the Discrimination feature on the Garrett ATX, and how it will effect detection of low-conductivity targets at depth. Setting any level of discrimination advances the time delay that the detector will read the return pulse from a detected target. The return pulse on small, low conductive targets (such as small gold nuggets) quickly decays and setting any discrimination may result on the loss of detection of these targets. We hope you find this short video informative, and look forward to bringing you goldfields prospecting videos in the coming months. Happy Fossicking! Warren and Colleen.
We make another visit to the site of an early 20th Century Canecutter’s Social Club – widely known as an illegal “Casino”. The original building was constructed in the late 19th Century for the large numbers of migrant canecutters employed on the North Queensland canefields. During one wild New Year’s bash it burnt down early on the morning of January 1st, 1928 – but was quickly rebuilt and continued to operate as “The Casino”! Happy Hunting everyone! Colleen & Warren
We head into the deep rainforest of North Queensland on the trail of the ‘Old Timers’ who discovered alluvial gold in the area in the late 1800s. Although the stream is only known to produce fine alluvial gold, we nevertheless give the ATX a run in the fresh water fitted with the sensitive 8” monoloop coil. No targets come to light so out comes the prospecting pan and a trace of ‘colour’ shows we are in the right area. The intriguing thing about this alluvial gold is that the source has never been found – possibly an undiscovered reef upstream or perhaps the area has been isolated geologically from the source tens of thousands of years ago? In any event, a great day out in idyllic country and a good way to waste a few hours! Thanks for watching and subscribing.
A recent trip to the North Queensland goldfields with the new Garrett ATX unearths a complex mineral ore specimen in some ‘Old Timer’s’ gold workings from the 1870s. The specimen is principally Galena with Native Copper and Native Silver evident. The target gave a very strong repeatable signal on the ATX (stock DD coil) and was located at approximately 8 inches depth. Shortly after, Colleen and her AT Gold go on to discover an ‘Old Timer’s’ camp (possibly associated with the gold workings where the mineral specimen was unearthed) where she recovers some lovely relics from the 19th Century. Thanks for watching and subscribing! Colleen and Warren.
Our next adventure is a return to the site of an early 1900s Cane Cutters Social Club, widely regarded as an illegal ‘casino’. We have been visiting this site for many years and it rarely fails to deliver. This is the last year of the ratoon cane crop, so next harvest the field will be deeply cultivated, bringing more coins and relics to the surface. Our video will be uploaded in the coming days. Happy Fossicking everyone! Colleen & Warren.