Metal Detecting 1870s Bullock Teamster’s Camp: ‘Reconnaissance Hunt’: Garrett GTI-2500

We follow an historic 1870s Bullock Dray/Coach Road inland through the Great Dividing Range which was the original access to the North Queensland goldfields from the coast. There is no access to the remote site by 4wd so it’s a ‘walk-in reconnaissance’. Due to the impenetrable nature of the rainforest, there were no great finds here – just a single coach bolt (possible 19th century ‘bastard-head’ wagon tyre bolt) on the old road alignment. If the Bullockies buried a box of gold sovereigns up there, it’s not going to be easy to find. Thanks for watching and please take the time to visit our blog www.nqexplorers.com

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107 thoughts on “Metal Detecting 1870s Bullock Teamster’s Camp: ‘Reconnaissance Hunt’: Garrett GTI-2500

  1. Thanks for watching PTH, good point about the construction camp, unfortunately haven’t been able to locate that yet. Definitely going back for a further look. HH mate and best of luck.

  2. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching PTH, good point about the construction camp, unfortunately haven’t been able to locate that yet. Definitely going back for a further look. HH mate and best of luck.

  3. [..YouTube..] @PacificTreasureHunt
    Thanks for watching PTH, good point about the construction camp, unfortunately haven’t been able to locate that yet. Definitely going back for a further look. HH mate and best of luck.

  4. [..YouTube..] @PacificTreasureHunt
    Thanks for watching PTH, good point about the construction camp, unfortunately haven’t been able to locate that yet. Definitely going back for a further look. HH mate and best of luck.

  5. Nice vid.. At least the area is not covered in trash.. Looks like a lot of area to cover.. Would be interesting to find out where the workers camped during construction of the road..

  6. Thanks for the kind words Mr T, it was a spectacular bushwalk anyway, and definitely deserves another visit, a bit more ‘bush bashing’, and we might find some old relics. Thanks for watching mate and HH.

  7. [..YouTube..] Thanks for the kind words Mr T, it was a spectacular bushwalk anyway, and definitely deserves another visit, a bit more ‘bush bashing’, and we might find some old relics. Thanks for watching mate and HH.

  8. [..YouTube..] @MrTerritorian1
    Thanks for the kind words Mr T, it was a spectacular bushwalk anyway, and definitely deserves another visit, a bit more ‘bush bashing’, and we might find some old relics. Thanks for watching mate and HH.

  9. [..YouTube..] @MrTerritorian1
    Thanks for the kind words Mr T, it was a spectacular bushwalk anyway, and definitely deserves another visit, a bit more ‘bush bashing’, and we might find some old relics. Thanks for watching mate and HH.

  10. Nice video NQ! I appreciate the tour up the range and even though you didn’t find much with the detector, boy did you ‘find’ a super historic spot!! Well done as usual! You aren’t only a detectorist, but you are an amazing historian! Cheers and GL and HH!!

  11. [..YouTube..] Nice video NQ! I appreciate the tour up the range and even though you didn’t find much with the detector, boy did you ‘find’ a super historic spot!! Well done as usual! You aren’t only a detectorist, but you are an amazing historian! Cheers and GL and HH!!

  12. [..YouTube..] Nice video NQ! I appreciate the tour up the range and even though you didn’t find much with the detector, boy did you ‘find’ a super historic spot!! Well done as usual! You aren’t only a detectorist, but you are an amazing historian! Cheers and GL and HH!!

  13. Hey TannyB, appreciate you watching and commenting on the video, always like to put a bit of the historical stuff in to put the finds in ‘context’. Best wishes and Happy Hunting.

  14. [..YouTube..] Hey TannyB, appreciate you watching and commenting on the video, always like to put a bit of the historical stuff in to put the finds in ‘context’. Best wishes and Happy Hunting.

  15. [..YouTube..] @tannyb1972
    Hey TannyB, appreciate you watching and commenting on the video, always like to put a bit of the historical stuff in to put the finds in ‘context’. Best wishes and Happy Hunting.

  16. [..YouTube..] @tannyb1972
    Hey TannyB, appreciate you watching and commenting on the video, always like to put a bit of the historical stuff in to put the finds in ‘context’. Best wishes and Happy Hunting.

  17. Another great video…I really love the historical element and the effort you put in to providing interesting and entertaining facts for your viewers. Keep up the good work and look forward to further adventures…..

  18. [..YouTube..] Another great video…I really love the historical element and the effort you put in to providing interesting and entertaining facts for your viewers. Keep up the good work and look forward to further adventures…..

  19. [..YouTube..] Another great video…I really love the historical element and the effort you put in to providing interesting and entertaining facts for your viewers. Keep up the good work and look forward to further adventures…..

  20. Thanks for watching TD NY, yes it is a very historic place, you can heare the bullocky’s whips cracking as they worked those teams up the slope LOL. Already planning to go back and keep searching for the old camp. Best of luck and HH.

  21. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching TD NY, yes it is a very historic place, you can heare the bullocky’s whips cracking as they worked those teams up the slope LOL. Already planning to go back and keep searching for the old camp. Best of luck and HH.

  22. [..YouTube..] @TreasurDiggrNY
    Thanks for watching TD NY, yes it is a very historic place, you can heare the bullocky’s whips cracking as they worked those teams up the slope LOL. Already planning to go back and keep searching for the old camp. Best of luck and HH.

  23. [..YouTube..] @TreasurDiggrNY
    Thanks for watching TD NY, yes it is a very historic place, you can heare the bullocky’s whips cracking as they worked those teams up the slope LOL. Already planning to go back and keep searching for the old camp. Best of luck and HH.

  24. [..YouTube..] Thanks for the history on that camp spot NQE, another fine video. At least you got a great view of the countryside from the top as a reward. It’s interesting to think what it would be like to see people and animals tracking up and down that road back in the 1800’s…. wow.

  25. [..YouTube..] Thanks for the history on that camp spot NQE, another fine video. At least you got a great view of the countryside from the top as a reward. It’s interesting to think what it would be like to see people and animals tracking up and down that road back in the 1800’s…. wow.

  26. Robsue – LOL – you are, of course, absolutely right, what I should have said was “The Army planted demolition charges on the road”. You’re also right about the old WW2 sites, only thing I imagine worse than finding a grenade is just finding – the pin from a grenade – then the few nervous seconds afterwards LOL. HH mate, thanks for watching and commenting.

  27. [..YouTube..] Robsue – LOL – you are, of course, absolutely right, what I should have said was “The Army planted demolition charges on the road”. You’re also right about the old WW2 sites, only thing I imagine worse than finding a grenade is just finding – the pin from a grenade – then the few nervous seconds afterwards LOL. HH mate, thanks for watching and commenting.

  28. [..YouTube..] @robsue
    Robsue – LOL – you are, of course, absolutely right, what I should have said was “The Army planted demolition charges on the road”. You’re also right about the old WW2 sites, only thing I imagine worse than finding a grenade is just finding – the pin from a grenade – then the few nervous seconds afterwards LOL. HH mate, thanks for watching and commenting.

  29. [..YouTube..] @robsue
    Robsue – LOL – you are, of course, absolutely right, what I should have said was “The Army planted demolition charges on the road”. You’re also right about the old WW2 sites, only thing I imagine worse than finding a grenade is just finding – the pin from a grenade – then the few nervous seconds afterwards LOL. HH mate, thanks for watching and commenting.

  30. Thanks for watching and commenting John, you can actually come along the old wagon road from the ‘high’ end for a hike of around 8 kilometres, to avoid the climb, but I like doing things the hard way LOL. HH mate and best of luck.

  31. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting John, you can actually come along the old wagon road from the ‘high’ end for a hike of around 8 kilometres, to avoid the climb, but I like doing things the hard way LOL. HH mate and best of luck.

  32. [..YouTube..] @OLDGOLD1100
    Thanks for watching and commenting John, you can actually come along the old wagon road from the ‘high’ end for a hike of around 8 kilometres, to avoid the climb, but I like doing things the hard way LOL. HH mate and best of luck.

  33. [..YouTube..] @OLDGOLD1100
    Thanks for watching and commenting John, you can actually come along the old wagon road from the ‘high’ end for a hike of around 8 kilometres, to avoid the climb, but I like doing things the hard way LOL. HH mate and best of luck.

  34. At first when you sid the Army mined the place, I was thinking “for what? Gold?” and then the penny dropped … They MINED!!! the place! always been a bit wary of finding things like grenades, etc, so it does take a clear head to decide where to look.

    Good story NQ.

  35. [..YouTube..] At first when you sid the Army mined the place, I was thinking “for what? Gold?” and then the penny dropped … They MINED!!! the place! always been a bit wary of finding things like grenades, etc, so it does take a clear head to decide where to look.

    Good story NQ.

  36. [..YouTube..] At first when you sid the Army mined the place, I was thinking “for what? Gold?” and then the penny dropped … They MINED!!! the place! always been a bit wary of finding things like grenades, etc, so it does take a clear head to decide where to look.

    Good story NQ.

  37. Amen and you said in your video that they had to get out and walk the climb and meet the coach at the top! So that would mean that Woman and child in fancy dress, would have to make that climb. Mothers holding babies, and business men and gamblers with their own vices bitching and complaining about the weather! Reaching into their pockets and bags for their vices or the hanky, tired and hopeful, who knows what is still on that path? Then the workers that cleared the path!

  38. [..YouTube..] Amen and you said in your video that they had to get out and walk the climb and meet the coach at the top! So that would mean that Woman and child in fancy dress, would have to make that climb. Mothers holding babies, and business men and gamblers with their own vices bitching and complaining about the weather! Reaching into their pockets and bags for their vices or the hanky, tired and hopeful, who knows what is still on that path? Then the workers that cleared the path!

  39. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers Amen and you said in your video that they had to get out and walk the climb and meet the coach at the top! So that would mean that Woman and child in fancy dress, would have to make that climb.  Mothers holding babies, and business men and gamblers with their own vices bitching and complaining about the weather! Reaching into their pockets and bags for their vices or the hanky, tired and hopeful, who knows what is still on that path? Then the workers that cleared the path!

  40. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers Amen and you said in your video that they had to get out and walk the climb and meet the coach at the top! So that would mean that Woman and child in fancy dress, would have to make that climb. Mothers holding babies, and business men and gamblers with their own vices bitching and complaining about the weather! Reaching into their pockets and bags for their vices or the hanky, tired and hopeful, who knows what is still on that path? Then the workers that cleared the path!

  41. Chad, I have been doing a lot of thinking about that climb too. There must have been all sorts of stuff dropped/mishaps/accidents, literally tens of thousands of pioneers passed up that climb in the 70 years it was in use. Intriguing thing – the Cobb & Co coach fare for the 90 miles to the nearest inland town was ‘One Sovereign’ i.e. one Pound. Not much paper money then, so all paid in Gold Sovereigns. Surely ONE was dropped by someone – somewhere LOL. HH mate.

  42. [..YouTube..] Chad, I have been doing a lot of thinking about that climb too. There must have been all sorts of stuff dropped/mishaps/accidents, literally tens of thousands of pioneers passed up that climb in the 70 years it was in use. Intriguing thing – the Cobb & Co coach fare for the 90 miles to the nearest inland town was ‘One Sovereign’ i.e. one Pound. Not much paper money then, so all paid in Gold Sovereigns. Surely ONE was dropped by someone – somewhere LOL. HH mate.

  43. [..YouTube..] @GrizzlyGroundswell
    Chad, I have been doing a lot of thinking about that climb too. There must have been all sorts of stuff dropped/mishaps/accidents, literally tens of thousands of pioneers passed up that climb in the 70 years it was in use. Intriguing thing – the Cobb & Co coach fare for the 90 miles to the nearest inland town was ‘One Sovereign’ i.e. one Pound. Not much paper money then, so all paid in Gold Sovereigns. Surely ONE was dropped by someone – somewhere LOL. HH mate.

  44. [..YouTube..] @GrizzlyGroundswell
    Chad, I have been doing a lot of thinking about that climb too. There must have been all sorts of stuff dropped/mishaps/accidents, literally tens of thousands of pioneers passed up that climb in the 70 years it was in use. Intriguing thing – the Cobb & Co coach fare for the 90 miles to the nearest inland town was ‘One Sovereign’ i.e. one Pound. Not much paper money then, so all paid in Gold Sovereigns. Surely ONE was dropped by someone – somewhere LOL. HH mate.

  45. I was thinking more about your site while out metal detecting today. I wonder what all fell off the wagons going up and down that climb?

  46. Thanks for the comment Madisonic, don’t worry there were plenty of Kiwi god-men involved in our gold rushes too LOL. HH and best of luck.

  47. Thanks for watching and commenting Pete, if the Camelbac wasn’t along on the trip, there wouldn’t be any vid, I would still be up there, dying of thirst LOL. HH mate, keep your great hunt videos coming.

  48. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting Pete, if the Camelbac wasn’t along on the trip, there wouldn’t be any vid, I would still be up there, dying of thirst LOL. HH mate, keep your great hunt videos coming.

  49. [..YouTube..] @ozziepete55
    Thanks for watching and commenting Pete, if the Camelbac wasn’t along on the trip, there wouldn’t be any vid, I would still be up there, dying of thirst LOL. HH mate, keep your great hunt videos coming.

  50. [..YouTube..] @ozziepete55
    Thanks for watching and commenting Pete, if the Camelbac wasn’t along on the trip, there wouldn’t be any vid, I would still be up there, dying of thirst LOL. HH mate, keep your great hunt videos coming.

  51. Always appreciate you watching and commenting Bluenoser, sorry I didn’t get some Garrett ‘belltone’ action into the vid for you to enjoy LOL. HH mate and best of luck.

  52. [..YouTube..] Always appreciate you watching and commenting Bluenoser, sorry I didn’t get some Garrett ‘belltone’ action into the vid for you to enjoy LOL. HH mate and best of luck.

  53. [..YouTube..] @Bluenoser1954
    Always appreciate you watching and commenting Bluenoser, sorry I didn’t get some Garrett ‘belltone’ action into the vid for you to enjoy LOL. HH mate and best of luck.

  54. [..YouTube..] @Bluenoser1954
    Always appreciate you watching and commenting Bluenoser, sorry I didn’t get some Garrett ‘belltone’ action into the vid for you to enjoy LOL. HH mate and best of luck.

  55. Thanks for the comment Chad, the bolt save the day, and would love to see you driving a bullock team around the place, LOL. HH mate.

  56. Thanks ED, I know you appreciate all the work that goes into the padding LOL. You need to pad some of your vids, non-stop finds are great, but padding is good too LOL. HH mate.

  57. [..YouTube..] Thanks ED, I know you appreciate all the work that goes into the padding LOL. You need to pad some of your vids, non-stop finds are great, but padding is good too LOL. HH mate.

  58. [..YouTube..] @EchucaDigger
    Thanks ED, I know you appreciate all the work that goes into the padding LOL. You need to pad some of your vids, non-stop finds are great, but padding is good too LOL. HH mate.

  59. [..YouTube..] @EchucaDigger
    Thanks ED, I know you appreciate all the work that goes into the padding LOL. You need to pad some of your vids, non-stop finds are great, but padding is good too LOL. HH mate.

  60. Thanks for watching GemQ, I agree, one of the reasons I put the vid up was all the research I did on the site, I’m sure there is stuff up there, bottle dump/relics, I’ll need a suit of armour to get through the jungle LOL. HH mate.

  61. Now that’s some thinkin’ GG1, I forgot to mention that in the vid. Apparently they would fell a tree at the top, and chain a large log to the wagon as a ‘drag brake’ all the way down to the bottom. As the logs piled up at the toe of the climb, they would have a regular ‘bonfire’ to clear the place up. The motor traffic in the 1930s were still using log ‘drag brakes’ as the 1930s autos couldn’t hold on the slope. Of course in wet weather, the climb was impossible. HH mate.

  62. I didn’t know that Warren, about Mark Twain. Of course growing up, all us kids read Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Thanks again for the awesome video.

    Chris

  63. [..YouTube..] Well you two you have done it again. Another fantastic video. That climb looks as if it would have been a very hard slog. Lucky you had enough water lol. There’s got to be something up there as in old bottles and relics. Thanks for the trip Mate. Cheers Pete

  64. [..YouTube..] @fluoridekid
    Hey thanks very much for watching Fluoridekid, I actually had a lot of trouble uploading this video, think it may have been a YouTube glitch that you were stuck at 8.44 – although not much happens after that LOL. Seems to be working alright now. Best wishes and HH.

  65. [..YouTube..] W & C, you two are national treasures! Great job on the research and taking us along with you to this historic location! That bolt is an astounding find and I am sure you will cherish it. That is one site you will have to take me too if I ever get down under! My goal in life is train oxen teams and afford that luxury some day!

  66. Another awesome video Warren! Lot of great looking scenery there. It’s hard to imagine, the hardships our fore fathers went through to establish the country. Here in the states we have the same thing. So glad, we don’t have to go through that. Best of Luck and Happy Hunting!

    beerbarrel

    • Thanks for watching Chris, I agree with you, the reason our two countries are so closely allied today is because our pioneers endured the same hardships to give us what we have today. A lot of the prospectors on this road were veterans of the California and Yukon rushes, and of course Mark Twain came over here. You would be amazed how many 1870s gold mines are named ‘Mark Twain’. HH mate.

  67. [..YouTube..] Great video again mate, you are spot on about the hobby not every day is full of finds. You just never know and thats why the research is so exciting and the anticipation of the site is so strong. Only means the next site will be a gold mine.

  68. [..YouTube..] Love your video, but for some reason it wouldn’t continue on past 8.44, such a shame. I’ll try again later in case it’s my broadband connection. Your videos are like watching TV documentaries, they are that good, so give yourself a pat on the back. Your knowledge of Aus history is amazing and I find it exciting. Good luck on your next adventure 😀