Australian Gold Detecting: 2.4 Gram Gold Nugget: Garrett AT Pro: Garrett Infinium.

We return to the Far North Queensland goldfields for a week’s gold prospecting, agate fossicking and relic hunting. Featured is a 2.4 gram solid gold nugget found with a Garrett AT Pro metal detector. Video was shot with both a HD Lumix Camera and our old Kodak Z710, since due to an administrative error (bad packing), the upload cable for the Lumix was left at home and the memory card was full on day 2. Next trip we will pack cables and more memory cards, or leave the packing to someone more competent. Thanks for watching and subscribing. Please visit our blog at www.nqexplorers.com Music: “Way out West” – The Dingos, “Westaway” – Sky.

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179 thoughts on “Australian Gold Detecting: 2.4 Gram Gold Nugget: Garrett AT Pro: Garrett Infinium.

  1. G’day Len – Crampo is the right bloke to talk to and deal with for sure! But we highly recommend the AT Pro and the AT Gold, we have both. The AT Gold is great on fine gold with the small coil, we haven’t had any issues with hot ground and it ground balances easily, and hot rocks are easily balanced out. Check with Crampo but would recommend the AT Gold, as you can also coin and relic hunt at the press of a button! Happy Prospecting mate. Warren.

  2. Gidday NQExplorers, I can’t afford a M/L GPX detector, would a Garrett AT PRO metal detector be the best buy on budget ? I am in Victoria, so Maryborough, Dunolly, Heathcote will be my hunting grounds, I shop from crampo myself, so I might ask him the same question.
    Cheers
    Len

  3. I would like 2 find a nugget 2 know what its like. I do find alot of targets but I won’t be confident until I find some Gold. I like 2 think that technology in metal detectors is something we might have on the old timers. I feel like the old rock walls next 2 the creek might be the best because maybe you can actually dig to low, its so hard to find but I am proud of what I found, I think I need to just keep swingin but I jump back and forth, I have no confidence in my AT Gold yet, need 2 earn it

  4. Thanks for watching and commenting Sean, we also now have the AT Gold, and have only used it on relics as gets – will send you a link to that video. The situation is the same here in Australia – the ‘old timers’ worked all the creeks and detecting the creek beds is a real test of patience, ‘virgin’ bush is preferable in areas only prospected by the old timers. The AT Gold is fantastic – we will be using it with our Infinium in the next few months in the goldfields. HH mate! Warren.

  5. Nice Gold, check out this little piece I found on my picture. Its good to finally come across your video because I bought the AT Gold. I’ve only used the detector a few times(no gold yet) as I tend to kinda give up and sluice to make sure I get something. I live in CA and kinda don’t like detecting the river bed yet, it seems like the random big square area in the desert would be more fresh. Whats the case for you? I’ve only found .6 in 15 times at the San Gabriel river, want to start detecting.

  6. Thanks for your comment – that was the AT Pro (not the AT Gold), in Zero discrimination mode that found the nugget. All the best and Happy Prospecting!

  7. Thanks for watching Yurivic – this was more a video diary of the prospecting trip, not so much an instructional for the Infinium – which by the way is quite easy to use, we will include some instructional techniques on our next prospecting video. Happy Prospecting mate!

  8. That’s great mate.There is very little about on gold prospecting in FNQ bar the Jack Lange series of videos.Regards,Trev.

  9. G’day Trev, thanks very much for watching mate, some more gold prospecting videos in the coming months. Happy Prospecting mate!

  10. G’day BassGoesBoom – we haven’t used the ATGold – but the ATPro was screaming over that 2.4 grammer – and down to very small pieces of lead and wire of similar conductivity to gold. The ATGold – operates at an even higher frequency as I understand it – and would be super-sensitive. That DD coil is great in the hottest of ground, with either auto or manual GB. Hot rocks no issue. Light and easy to swing. I reckon the ATGold would be a great investment mate! Happy Prospecting!

  11. [..YouTube..] G’day BassGoesBoom – we haven’t used the ATGold – but the ATPro was screaming over that 2.4 grammer – and down to very small pieces of lead and wire of similar conductivity to gold. The ATGold – operates at an even higher frequency as I understand it – and would be super-sensitive. That DD coil is great in the hottest of ground, with either auto or manual GB. Hot rocks no issue. Light and easy to swing. I reckon the ATGold would be a great investment mate! Happy Prospecting!

  12. [..YouTube..] @BassGoesBoom1
    G’day BassGoesBoom – we haven’t used the ATGold – but the ATPro was screaming over that 2.4 grammer – and down to very small pieces of lead and wire of similar conductivity to gold. The ATGold – operates at an even higher frequency as I understand it – and would be super-sensitive. That DD coil is great in the hottest of ground, with either auto or manual GB. Hot rocks no issue. Light and easy to swing. I reckon the ATGold would be a great investment mate! Happy Prospecting!

  13. Alex, we have the stock 10 x 14 DD but use the 10 x 14 Mono almost exclusively – runs really quiet and haven’t yet found any ground too hot to detect. The 8 inch mono that you have is a great idea – and is next on our “wish list”. Happy Hunting mate!

  14. [..YouTube..] Alex, we have the stock 10 x 14 DD but use the 10 x 14 Mono almost exclusively – runs really quiet and haven’t yet found any ground too hot to detect. The 8 inch mono that you have is a great idea – and is next on our “wish list”. Happy Hunting mate!

  15. [..YouTube..] @Alexsusik1976
    Alex, we have the stock 10 x 14 DD but use the 10 x 14 Mono almost exclusively – runs really quiet and haven’t yet found any ground too hot to detect. The 8 inch mono that you have is a great idea – and is next on our “wish list”. Happy Hunting mate!

  16. hi mate have you used the AT Gold? is there much difference between the gold and the at pro when finding small gold nuggets?

  17. Steve, appreciate your comments mate, that AT Gold is a great investment and a very versatile machine at a great value price – hope to see you digging up some great treasures and (large) nuggets soon. All the best and Happy Prospecting! Warren.

  18. [..YouTube..] Steve, appreciate your comments mate, that AT Gold is a great investment and a very versatile machine at a great value price – hope to see you digging up some great treasures and (large) nuggets soon. All the best and Happy Prospecting! Warren.

  19. [..YouTube..] @stemart1641
    Steve, appreciate your comments mate, that AT Gold is a great investment and a very versatile machine at a great value price – hope to see you digging up some great treasures and (large) nuggets soon. All the best and Happy Prospecting! Warren.

  20. Great video NQ, thanks a lot. I’ve had an Ace 250 now for a couple of years & am about to upgrade to an AT Gold & hopefully get out amongst it a bit. Keep the videos coming mate. (Steve from Townsville).

  21. [..YouTube..] Great video NQ, thanks a lot. I’ve had an Ace 250 now for a couple of years & am about to upgrade to an AT Gold & hopefully get out amongst it a bit. Keep the videos coming mate. (Steve from Townsville).

  22. Seeradog, thanks for watching mate – the Infinium is an absolutely fabulous machine, you have made a great choice and the economics of buying from the US are all in our favour – we got ours from the US last year. Easy to use, raw power that runs super-smooth over the hottest of ground. Very best of luck with the Infinium mate, hope to see you dig up your “retirement nugget” this year! Happy Prospecting!

  23. [..YouTube..] Seeradog, thanks for watching mate – the Infinium is an absolutely fabulous machine, you have made a great choice and the economics of buying from the US are all in our favour – we got ours from the US last year. Easy to use, raw power that runs super-smooth over the hottest of ground. Very best of luck with the Infinium mate, hope to see you dig up your “retirement nugget” this year! Happy Prospecting!

  24. [..YouTube..] @seeradog
    Seeradog, thanks for watching mate – the Infinium is an absolutely fabulous machine, you have made a great choice and the economics of buying from the US are all in our favour – we got ours from the US last year. Easy to use, raw power that runs super-smooth over the hottest of ground. Very best of luck with the Infinium mate, hope to see you dig up your “retirement nugget” this year! Happy Prospecting!

  25. Thanks for watching Averyhse – and the calculations! Sure can turn the day around when you find gold – and as you say, $123 for digging a small hole is OK LOL. Happy Prospecting!

  26. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Averyhse – and the calculations! Sure can turn the day around when you find gold – and as you say, $123 for digging a small hole is OK LOL. Happy Prospecting!

  27. [..YouTube..] @averyhse
    Thanks for watching Averyhse – and the calculations! Sure can turn the day around when you find gold – and as you say, $123 for digging a small hole is OK LOL. Happy Prospecting!

  28. Great video. Getting a Garrett Infinium LS myself soon from USA . Via online shopping. $1001 . 00 AUD 10/03/12 .. Can’t wait. Thank you again.

  29. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching our video aaaarrrgggghh (LOL – great name), we haven’t used the Sea Hunter, so couldn’t comment, but love the Infinium, great value for money and lots of raw power – I think the two units are pretty similar. We have both the 14 inch DD and 14 inch Mono coil – next purchase will be the 8 inch mono for difficult spots or long grass and in creek gullies. Best of luck mate and Happy Prospecting!

  30. [..YouTube..] @aaaarrrgggghh
    Thanks for watching our video aaaarrrgggghh (LOL – great name), we haven’t used the Sea Hunter, so couldn’t comment, but love the Infinium, great value for money and lots of raw power – I think the two units are pretty similar. We have both the 14 inch DD and 14 inch Mono coil – next purchase will be the 8 inch mono for difficult spots or long grass and in creek gullies. Best of luck mate and Happy Prospecting!

  31. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers no worries you make great vids i rarely make it through prospecting vids 5 mins long because they get tedious but your vids are entertaining front to back keep it up. cool ‘fender too.

  32. [..YouTube..] @magpie307
    More info on the little bullet Magpie307, Janhyooz (Ian) has just found a similar item on his Isle of Wight video and identified it as a Minie bullet. Thanks for your help mate and HH.

  33. [..YouTube..] @magpie307
    More info on the little bullet Magpie307, Janhyooz (Ian) has just found a similar item on his Isle of Wight video and identified it as a Minie bullet. Thanks for your help mate and HH.

  34. [..YouTube..] @magpie307
    Thanks for watching magpie307, that little ‘bullet’, well I thought it may be a bullet, maybe from one of those tiny pistols of the time? I will measure the calibre and see if I can futher identify it. Thanks for that, off to watch your latest video now. Happy hunting.

  35. [..YouTube..] @magpie307
    Thanks for watching magpie307, that little ‘bullet’, well I thought it may be a bullet, maybe from one of those tiny pistols of the time? I will measure the calibre and see if I can futher identify it. Thanks for that, off to watch your latest video now. Happy hunting.

  36. [..YouTube..] Well done Mrs NQ with the gold nugget, nice find, some nice relics coming up with yourself, like the small bullet, i think it might an old musket bullet just like the twin ring i found and can’t identify but will get there one day lol. Great video mate keep them coming and good luck on your next outing mate.

  37. [..YouTube..] Well done Mrs NQ with the gold nugget, nice find, some nice relics coming up with yourself, like the small bullet, i think it might an old musket bullet just like the twin ring i found and can’t identify but will get there one day lol. Great video mate keep them coming and good luck on your next outing mate.

  38. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers We too always camped using tents but last year, bit the bullet and bought a van. Slight regret – not getting an off road axle but I’m sure we’ll trade up one day.

  39. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers We too always camped using tents but last year, bit the bullet and bought a van. Slight regret – not getting an off road axle but I’m sure we’ll trade up one day.

  40. [..YouTube..] @robsue
    LOL thanks Robsue, we had a great time, after a big day out the comfort of the caravan is appreciated – we have ‘gone soft’, used to sleep on the ground once LOL. Love that Dingoes song too – pity we couldn’t had squeezed more of it in. HH mate and best of luck.

  41. [..YouTube..] @robsue
    LOL thanks Robsue, we had a great time, after a big day out the comfort of the caravan is appreciated – we have ‘gone soft’, used to sleep on the ground once LOL. Love that Dingoes song too – pity we couldn’t had squeezed more of it in. HH mate and best of luck.

  42. [..YouTube..] @DiggingNorway
    Thanks for watching DN, best thing about the old goldfields, if you are not finding gold, you can go relic hunting and there is always something interesting that comes to light. Best of luck on your next trip out and HH.

  43. [..YouTube..] @DiggingNorway
    Thanks for watching DN, best thing about the old goldfields, if you are not finding gold, you can go relic hunting and there is always something interesting that comes to light. Best of luck on your next trip out and HH.

  44. [..YouTube..] @1963Willo
    Thanks for watching and commenting Willo, that is the original Dingoes version of ‘Way out West’ (1973). The temp – back on the coast, as you say, high 20s, middle of the Cape, high 30s, but cooled down a little at night so sleeping was possible LOL. Fortunately the humidity is still low so the first storms are some time off, the fires in the tinder-dry grass are the threat at the moment. Best wishes and HH mate, keep up the great finds and videos!

  45. [..YouTube..] @1963Willo
    Thanks for watching and commenting Willo, that is the original Dingoes version of ‘Way out West’ (1973). The temp – back on the coast, as you say, high 20s, middle of the Cape, high 30s, but cooled down a little at night so sleeping was possible LOL. Fortunately the humidity is still low so the first storms are some time off, the fires in the tinder-dry grass are the threat at the moment. Best wishes and HH mate, keep up the great finds and videos!

  46. [..YouTube..] Another terrific video NQ and Mrs NQ. Loved the opening song it sounds a different version from the original version.. Well done Mrs NQ on that nugget a terrific find and a testimony to your detecting skills. Surely there is more there! GL and HH for your next adventure. Stunned at how hot it was – I was in the Tully area but it was only in the high 20s last week!

  47. [..YouTube..] Another terrific video NQ and Mrs NQ. Loved the opening song it sounds a different version from the original version.. Well done Mrs NQ on that nugget a terrific find and a testimony to your detecting skills. Surely there is more there! GL and HH for your next adventure. Stunned at how hot it was – I was in the Tully area but it was only in the high 20s last week!

  48. [..YouTube..] @TreasurDiggrNY
    Thanks for watching and commenting TreasurDiggrNY, much appreciated. Well our setup is hardly ‘roughing’ it, sure a lot easier than the Old Timers did it in the goldfields during the rushes. HH mate and best of luck.

  49. [..YouTube..] @TreasurDiggrNY
    Thanks for watching and commenting TreasurDiggrNY, much appreciated. Well our setup is hardly ‘roughing’ it, sure a lot easier than the Old Timers did it in the goldfields during the rushes. HH mate and best of luck.

  50. [..YouTube..] @madsonicboating
    Thanks for watching from “Over the ditch”, you are welcome to come over any time, but not sure if they will let anyone leave until the Rugby World Cup is over LOL. HH mate and best of luck.

  51. [..YouTube..] Thanks for sharing your week in the gold fields, great setup with the defender and the camper. Congrats on the finds NQ, congrats to Mrs. NQ on the nugget score, very nice, great video. GL and HH.

  52. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers Brilliant!! Whilst I have a great passion for metal detecting, I have another for what you call ‘Fossicking’ and your reply has got my pulse racing. I’m sat on the edge of my seat, fingers on the keyboard just waiting to see what you manage to find. Whilst I envy you being in Australia, I don’t fancy the heat, snakes, crocs, spiders or anything else seen as being dangerous. HH 😀

  53. [..YouTube..] @fluoridekid
    Thanks for your comments Flouridekid, much appreciated, we are going to try to put up some more gemstone fossicking as there are areas here for topaz, agate, sapphires and even the occasional rare diamond. More trips planned so will do videos whenever we can. HH mate and best wishes.

  54. [..YouTube..] @dogahog
    Thanks dogahog, beautiful country for sure, but so dry now and I reckon the fires, when they get going, are going to be bad this year, but that means better detecting next year LOL. HH mate and best of luck.

  55. [..YouTube..] It’s an enjoyable experience watching your video, especially when Mrs NQ find gold, big congratulations to her, of course. She’s the gold lady, whereas from now on, you’re tha button man 🙂 Love the agate hunt, in fact I love doing that myself. What more could I ask for, wildlife, scenery and delicious finds, well done and thanks for sharing, can’t wait for your next video. Good hunting and stay safe 😀

  56. [..YouTube..] Nice nugget Mrs’s NQ congrats 🙂 wonderful trip thanks guys for taking us along 🙂 neat match box tin and pretty agate’s and wonderful to see all the wild life :)HH!

  57. [..YouTube..] @garbageguru1
    Thanks for watching and commenting GarbageGuru. Well the gold is out there alright, and the big nuggets pop up now and then if you are lucky. Couldnt resist putting the Road Train in, I love ’em LOL. They are 50 metres long and when one is coming the other way – you just get off the road. HH mate and best of luck.

  58. [..YouTube..] @EchucaDigger
    Thanks mate, yeah she’s giving me curry over that gold LOL. She’s got the AT Pro under control in a short period of time. Love to go back out there soon but the wet isnt far off and the storms will start, then you cant get in/out, could be a longer than planned holiday – although on second thoughts thats not a bad thing LOL. HH mate.

  59. [..YouTube..] Excellent outing mate! Hard to top gold and wildlife! Saw a fellas video where he used a grader to get below where the miners hand dug and found some BIG nuggets! Gotta be some laying around waiting on you to find them! Amazing the old guys found as much as they did with the way they had to do it! Can’t get over those big rigs with all the trailers.At least they don’t have to back up one of those monsters! You and Mrs.NQ make a great team! Sorry the shoes fell victim to the terrain!

  60. [..YouTube..] @mkcooper02
    Thanks Mkcooper02, yeah love the old Dingos song, considered stretching out the start to include more of it, but the vid was already long enough LOL. HH mate and best of luck.

  61. Congrats on an AWESOME Hunt! Congrats Colleen on the Nugget. Congrats to you Warren on the buttons, always a great relic find! Happy Hunting to the both of you! Best of Luck! Look foward to your next video!

    beerbarrel

  62. [..YouTube..] Now that is Temerity!!! Hey you two are rock stars! Gold Rock Stars! Hey you two are having way too much fun finding the gold and some really stunning relic finds! I found a button today but wouldn’t you know it, I lost the darn thing! Tomorrow I will go back and try to find it!

  63. [..YouTube..] Nice gold flake!! My dream is to just do this.. Travel to Australia with my detector and go for gold.. Oh well, im just glad im finding silver coins now and then! But gold nuggets!! Come on… I want that in my nature to!!

  64. [..YouTube..] Wonderful video again. Where else could you do it all in one trip, gold prospect, relic hunt, and hunt for agates? Watching the wildlife and the road train kind of reminds me of the old movie “Alice to Nowhere”. Congrats to M\s. NQ on the nugget. I am sure she will find a good use for it. GL and Hh Hugh

  65. [..YouTube..] looks nice and dry up that way. i heard their been fires already in qld. good to see you using pinpointer, i went out with 4 veteran detectorist a few weeks back, all doing the cup swing over the coil. none ever used a pinpointer probe, glad you found some gold. congrats

  66. [..YouTube..] Great Video Mr & Mrs NQ – a real adventure in the Aussie outback. A trip such as yours not only creates new memories and stories to be told and re-told – but for many viewers – brings back memories of trips taken in the near and distant past. I enjoyed the scenery – the wildlife – the humour and the fact that Mrs NQ is a force to be reckoned with on any Gold expedition you may be planning for the future. Well done Mrs NQ…and Mr NQ…keep watching Mrs NQ…and don’t give up. LOL Cheers GL & HH

  67. [..YouTube..] It’s good to know that the AT Pro can find gold in Australia,I’m glad that I purchased one and can’t wait to get out into the goldfields in Victoria,congrats on the gold nugget