Metal Detecting 1899 Australian Bush Racecourse. Garrett GTI-2500. Land Rover Defender.

Metal detecting the site of an abandoned bush racecourse which was used from 1899 until the late 1960s. The racecourse was the main recreational outlet for a small railway town on the line servicing the Chillagoe Company’s mines and smelters. Located in the Gulf Savannah country of North Queensland, the course comprised some rudimentary bush ‘amenities’ for patrons and two cricket pitches for social games on race weekends.

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93 thoughts on “Metal Detecting 1899 Australian Bush Racecourse. Garrett GTI-2500. Land Rover Defender.

  1. Thanks for watching our video at the old racecourse! Snakes: we come across them now and then. Was out with my brother-in-law when he hit a red-bellied black snake with his coil. The snake got a bit annoyed and wrapped itself around the detector. He dropped it and clear out to a safe distance LOL. After half an hour we went back to retrieve the detector – our mate the snake had cleared out – he had won the day! LOL. Happy Hunting mate!

  2. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching our video at the old racecourse! Snakes: we come across them now and then. Was out with my brother-in-law when he hit a red-bellied black snake with his coil. The snake got a bit annoyed and wrapped itself around the detector. He dropped it and clear out to a safe distance LOL. After half an hour we went back to retrieve the detector – our mate the snake had cleared out – he had won the day! LOL. Happy Hunting mate!

  3. [..YouTube..] @verilyheld
    Thanks for watching our video at the old racecourse! Snakes: we come across them now and then. Was out with my brother-in-law when he hit a red-bellied black snake with his coil. The snake got a bit annoyed and wrapped itself around the detector. He dropped it and clear out to a safe distance LOL. After half an hour we went back to retrieve the detector – our mate the snake had cleared out – he had won the day! LOL. Happy Hunting mate!

  4. What I am about to say is a bit tongue in cheek, but mostly not. I watched a clip of a fellow metal-detecting in the Australian bush and realized something. Australia has something like what? 6 of the 10 most poisonous snakes in the world yet people go metal-detecting into the bush!?!?! REGULARLY!?!?!? That’s it, forget the SAS, SEALS, Spetsnaz, SBS, move over James Bond, take a hike Ethan Hawke, pack it up Jason Bourne, them guys got nothing on Aussie metal-detector enthusiasts!

  5. [..YouTube..] What I am about to say is a bit tongue in cheek, but mostly not. I watched a clip of a fellow metal-detecting in the Australian bush and realized something. Australia has something like what? 6 of the 10 most poisonous snakes in the world yet people go metal-detecting into the bush!?!?! REGULARLY!?!?!? That’s it, forget the SAS, SEALS, Spetsnaz, SBS, move over James Bond, take a hike Ethan Hawke, pack it up Jason Bourne, them guys got nothing on Aussie metal-detector enthusiasts!

  6. Wow, great spot! Plenty of goodies await you for sure NQ! Looking forward to you detecting on Radar Hill. Cheers mate! HH and LL

  7. Thanks for watching from far off Bulgaria. Yes we are the same, only 50% silver from ’46 too. I think it was that damn war that did it. I think I said they were only 50%s in the video, so 2 50% 6ds make 1 x 100% 6d? LOL. Best wishes mate and HH.

  8. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching from far off Bulgaria. Yes we are the same, only 50% silver from ’46 too. I think it was that damn war that did it. I think I said they were only 50%s in the video, so 2 50% 6ds make 1 x 100% 6d? LOL. Best wishes mate and HH.

  9. [..YouTube..] @PeaceHavens
    Thanks for watching from far off Bulgaria. Yes we are the same, only 50% silver from ’46 too. I think it was that damn war that did it. I think I said they were only 50%s in the video, so 2 50% 6ds make 1 x 100% 6d? LOL. Best wishes mate and HH.

  10. [..YouTube..] @PeaceHavens
    Thanks for watching from far off Bulgaria. Yes we are the same, only 50% silver from ’46 too. I think it was that damn war that did it. I think I said they were only 50%s in the video, so 2 50% 6ds make 1 x 100% 6d? LOL. Best wishes mate and HH.

  11. Thanks Iroc, I actually considered putting on the little 4.5 inch coil and trying around the showers, then realised I didnt have it with me – the usual thorough trip preparation LOL. Thanks mate and HH.

  12. [..YouTube..] Thanks Iroc, I actually considered putting on the little 4.5 inch coil and trying around the showers, then realised I didnt have it with me – the usual thorough trip preparation LOL. Thanks mate and HH.

  13. [..YouTube..] @IrocOn2
    Thanks Iroc, I actually considered putting on the little 4.5 inch coil and trying around the showers, then realised I didnt have it with me – the usual thorough trip preparation LOL. Thanks mate and HH.

  14. [..YouTube..] @IrocOn2
    Thanks Iroc, I actually considered putting on the little 4.5 inch coil and trying around the showers, then realised I didnt have it with me – the usual thorough trip preparation LOL. Thanks mate and HH.

  15. When you say silver do you mean made from silver? Our silver sixpences ceased being made from silver in 1946. EMHH.

  16. Hey NQ – great video – and great stories to go with it. I guess you had to discriminate the iron out when detecting the toilet blocks LOL. Cheers mate.

  17. [..YouTube..] Hey NQ – great video – and great stories to go with it. I guess you had to discriminate the iron out when detecting the toilet blocks LOL. Cheers mate.

  18. [..YouTube..] Hey NQ – great video – and great stories to go with it. I guess you had to discriminate the iron out when detecting the toilet blocks LOL. Cheers mate.

  19. Thanks for watching GemQ, will have a go at the two cricket ovals next trip – just wish the damn ground curator would cut the grass LOL. Been up to the radar station a couple of times for a look but without the detector. Will do a vid up there next trip. HH mate, keep the silvers coming.

  20. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching GemQ, will have a go at the two cricket ovals next trip – just wish the damn ground curator would cut the grass LOL. Been up to the radar station a couple of times for a look but without the detector. Will do a vid up there next trip. HH mate, keep the silvers coming.

  21. [..YouTube..] @GemQ1
    Thanks for watching GemQ, will have a go at the two cricket ovals next trip – just wish the damn ground curator would cut the grass LOL. Been up to the radar station a couple of times for a look but without the detector. Will do a vid up there next trip. HH mate, keep the silvers coming.

  22. [..YouTube..] @GemQ1
    Thanks for watching GemQ, will have a go at the two cricket ovals next trip – just wish the damn ground curator would cut the grass LOL. Been up to the radar station a couple of times for a look but without the detector. Will do a vid up there next trip. HH mate, keep the silvers coming.

  23. [..YouTube..] @GemQ1
    Thanks for watching GemQ, will have a go at the two cricket ovals next trip – just wish the damn ground curator would cut the grass LOL. Been up to the radar station a couple of times for a look but without the detector. Will do a vid up there next trip. HH mate, keep the silvers coming.

  24. NQE,

    Great video mate, I’d be working around the slips corden where blokes are likley to dive for catches and then loose the loose coins. Great video again, looking forward to your hunt at the radar station.

  25. [..YouTube..] NQE,

    Great video mate, I’d be working around the slips corden where blokes are likley to dive for catches and then loose the loose coins. Great video again, looking forward to your hunt at the radar station.

  26. [..YouTube..] NQE,

    Great video mate, I’d be working around the slips corden where blokes are likley to dive for catches and then loose the loose coins. Great video again, looking forward to your hunt at the radar station.

  27. Thanks for watching and commenting 62detection, the music is one of my favourites and I managed to get it on a video. LOL. Happy hunting mate. Watch out for large groups of bicycle riders LOL.

  28. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting 62detection, the music is one of my favourites and I managed to get it on a video. LOL. Happy hunting mate. Watch out for large groups of bicycle riders LOL.

  29. [..YouTube..] @62detection
    Thanks for watching and commenting 62detection, the music is one of my favourites and I managed to get it on a video. LOL. Happy hunting mate. Watch out for large groups of bicycle riders LOL.

  30. [..YouTube..] @62detection
    Thanks for watching and commenting 62detection, the music is one of my favourites and I managed to get it on a video. LOL. Happy hunting mate. Watch out for large groups of bicycle riders LOL.

  31. Thanks for watching Marc. Wow that would be something to find an East India Coin. I actually did find a 1940 Dutch East Indies coin in an old ghost town up here – probably brought back from Java by an Australian servicemen during the war. Best of luck mate and HH.

  32. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Marc. Wow that would be something to find an East India Coin. I actually did find a 1940 Dutch East Indies coin in an old ghost town up here – probably brought back from Java by an Australian servicemen during the war. Best of luck mate and HH.

  33. [..YouTube..] @1979MDG
    Thanks for watching Marc. Wow that would be something to find an East India Coin. I actually did find a 1940 Dutch East Indies coin in an old ghost town up here – probably brought back from Java by an Australian servicemen during the war. Best of luck mate and HH.

  34. [..YouTube..] @1979MDG
    Thanks for watching Marc. Wow that would be something to find an East India Coin. I actually did find a 1940 Dutch East Indies coin in an old ghost town up here – probably brought back from Java by an Australian servicemen during the war. Best of luck mate and HH.

  35. A fun video. Thanks for showing. I’m still waiting for you to find old Dutch coins. Easter Indian Company (VOC) coins from the 17/18 century. Hope you find one. HH. Marc

  36. [..YouTube..] A fun video. Thanks for showing. I’m still waiting for you to find old Dutch coins. Easter Indian Company (VOC) coins from the 17/18 century. Hope you find one. HH. Marc

  37. [..YouTube..] A fun video. Thanks for showing. I’m still waiting for you to find old Dutch coins. Easter Indian Company (VOC) coins from the 17/18 century. Hope you find one. HH. Marc

  38. Thanks for watching Visby, great to find 2 silvers in a short hunt and you are right, lots more out there. Best wishes mate and HH.

  39. @hellsmetaldetecting
    Thanks for watching. Still discovering more areas around the racecourse where people drank, camped, danced etc so going back again soon, as you say, looking for where all the money was spent (and dropped). HH mate.

  40. [..YouTube..] @hellsmetaldetecting
    Thanks for watching. Still discovering more areas around the racecourse where people drank, camped, danced etc so going back again soon, as you say, looking for where all the money was spent (and dropped). HH mate.

  41. [..YouTube..] @hellsmetaldetecting
    Thanks for watching. Still discovering more areas around the racecourse where people drank, camped, danced etc so going back again soon, as you say, looking for where all the money was spent (and dropped). HH mate.

  42. [..YouTube..] Hey man, it was interesting about the racecourse and i did heard something about WWII and Japs but my son did decide to sing in the middle, i will se the clip again later 🙂 And silver is always silver, good finds and offcourse its more out there 😉 Happy Hunting mate!

  43. [..YouTube..] Hey man, it was interesting about the racecourse and i did heard something about WWII and Japs but my son did decide to sing in the middle, i will se the clip again later 🙂 And silver is always silver, good finds and offcourse its more out there 😉 Happy Hunting mate!