Metal Detecting & Gold Cradling III: Goldfields Relics: Garrett AT Pro

Part III: We head back to an 1870s North Queensland Goldfields site, and once again try our hand at some fine gold prospecting the old fashioned way with a replica 19th Century Gold Cradle (rocker box), while Mrs NQ hunts the creeks with her AT Pro. A spray of fine gold for all the ‘pick and shovel’ work, and Mrs NQ comes up with some great old relics left behind by the ‘Old Timers’ from among the cobbles in the creek bed. Thanks for watching and subscribing and if you have time, please visit our blog www.nqexplorers.com

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  1. With regard to the heat source for the Cobb oven – Cobb make a compressed fuel source themselves but we use Greenfire compressed coconut shell – made for the Cobb fire basket. You can get these at Ray’s Outdoors or BCF no problem in the Cobb area. Happy Cooking! Warren.

  2. G’day Matty, the closest goldfield other than the Palmer (which is not easy to get on) – is the Hodgkinson out from Dimbulah. This is on Mt Mulligan Station. Unfortunately the grass this year makes the area ‘undetectable’ – but you can still pan or cradle for gold in the creeks – plenty of water at the moment. Your best bet is out around Georgetown – Flat Creek Station, Long Gully and Mt Talbot all allow detecting for a fee. Not much grass this year out there!

  3. Hi Mate,
    I live in cairns and would love to get out and do more prospecting. Where can I go for gold that is close to my location beside Palmer River. Also, when you mentioned your roast turkey in this vid, you talked about compressed coconut beads as the fuel source. Where would find those?

  4. G’day Wes, hope you are doing well on your lease on the Palmer! That camp oven is a Cobb Premier, which runs on heat beads or coconut heat discs. Brilliant bit of kit and couldn’t recommend it enough – all the best mate and Happy Prospecting! Warren.

  5. Great vids mate , i have a lease out at the north palmer,what is the name of that camp oven you got thats a beauty…..regards Wes.

  6. Boa noite, tenho interesse em adquirir esta caixa eclusa no brasil, vcs tem como informar preços e demais condições de venda para o produto? somos uma revenda de produtos para garimpo, caso tenha como ensinar como faz uma destas, agradeceria.

    temos produtos para garimpo no brasil, wwwconstruvoltscom, temos bateias, cuias, carpete para garimpo, recuperador de mercúrio, peneiras para garimpo etc…

  7. I’m thinking of trying some gold panning in the north of Scotland, there have been quite a few finds up there. Wish we had your weather though.

  8. Thanks for watching Crampo, not much yellow stuff here, but a lot of fun nonetheless, as you are aware! Happy Prospecting mate!

  9. Thanks for watching mate, that is in the same area – Mt Mulligan is around 40km distant, very similar country. Happy Hunting!

  10. Thanks for watching Madsonic, appreciate your comments – we hope that big nugget is coming up soon too! HH mate!

  11. yet again what another brilliant trip to an awesome looking place!! Love the vids keep em coming and may you find a bloody big nugget soon! 🙂

  12. Thanks for you great comments BigJohnny, I reckon your terrain would be very similar to ours, it is either bone dry there or 3 metres under water LOL. Nothing in between, but always an adventure – best wishes to you and your Mrs! GL and HH!

  13. [..YouTube..] Thanks for you great comments BigJohnny, I reckon your terrain would be very similar to ours, it is either bone dry there or 3 metres under water LOL. Nothing in between, but always an adventure – best wishes to you and your Mrs! GL and HH!

  14. Thanks for taking the time to watch and comment Yulelah, hope the Racoons are giving you a break LOL. Best of luck and HH mate!

  15. Thanks for posting this video, very well done!!! Entertaining and informative! The terrain looks a lot like the dry country me and the wife camp in here in British Columbia, not much water pretty hot and dry for sure! GL and HH to you and the Mrs.

  16. [..YouTube..] Thanks for posting this video, very well done!!! Entertaining and informative! The terrain looks a lot like the dry country me and the wife camp in here in British Columbia, not much water pretty hot and dry for sure! GL and HH to you and the Mrs.

  17. Awesome video and hunt ! Congrats on all your finds and good luck on your next hunt ! I really enjoyed watching this video ! I thought that was cool the way you all had your camp set up !

  18. [..YouTube..] Awesome video and hunt ! Congrats on all your finds and good luck on your next hunt ! I really enjoyed watching this video ! I thought that was cool the way you all had your camp set up !

  19. Hi mate. Thanks for the ideas. Love that bell. I remember I got my camera from your ideas but I got an FT3 so thanks for that. How many grams have you found.You found those nuggets, I remember. Get you wife out there 24[7 ;o)

  20. [..YouTube..] Hi mate. Thanks for the ideas. Love that bell. I remember I got my camera from your ideas but I got an FT3 so thanks for that. How many grams have you found.You found those nuggets, I remember. Get you wife out there 24[7 ;o)

  21. Thanks for watching and commenting Ringo. That Horse Team Bell is made by James Barwell of England, a maker of church bells and all things ‘bell’, apparently there is quite a variety and they are quite collectible! The camera is a Panasonic Lumix FT10, in HD video mode. It is water/drop/dust proof so is ideal for what we get up to. There are some areas up here where prospectors with detectors do make a living from detecting – but you can’t process enough gravel with the pan really. GL and HH!

  22. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting Ringo. That Horse Team Bell is made by James Barwell of England, a maker of church bells and all things ‘bell’, apparently there is quite a variety and they are quite collectible! The camera is a Panasonic Lumix FT10, in HD video mode. It is water/drop/dust proof so is ideal for what we get up to. There are some areas up here where prospectors with detectors do make a living from detecting – but you can’t process enough gravel with the pan really. GL and HH!

  23. Thanks for watching WalnLiz – there are at least 4 old battery sites in the area we know of, with associated mullock and tailing piles – you are right, would have to be some speccies in there somewhere, unfortunately heavily overgrown at the moment and a real battle! The beer damper with the Golden Syrup was a top desert LOL. Happy Prospecting to both of you!

  24. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching WalnLiz – there are at least 4 old battery sites in the area we know of, with associated mullock and tailing piles – you are right, would have to be some speccies in there somewhere, unfortunately heavily overgrown at the moment and a real battle! The beer damper with the Golden Syrup was a top desert LOL. Happy Prospecting to both of you!

  25. Love that horse thingy!!! Any info on that? Which camera are you using again? I think your vids are the best ones! Could you make a living out of panning?

  26. [..YouTube..] Love that horse thingy!!! Any info on that? Which camera are you using again? I think your vids are the best ones! Could you make a living out of panning?

  27. another great vid….with that stamp battery there should be some interesting reef mines close bye….was at a similar spot and found some nice match head size gold species in the quartz rubble thanks to the not so great eyesight of some of those early miners….the bush restaurant looks 5 star….

  28. [..YouTube..] another great vid….with that stamp battery there should be some interesting reef mines close bye….was at a similar spot and found some nice match head size gold species in the quartz rubble thanks to the not so great eyesight of some of those early miners….the bush restaurant looks 5 star….

  29. Thanks for your comment Rich, you make a good point, in that area we were in, you could literally cook a steak on a flat rock in summer LOL. Solar power is all the go with the campers as you can get a lot of charge into your camp batteries with a relatively small and inexpensive solar panel! Will keep digging for the fine gold until the water dries up – which will be very soon! Best wishes and HH mate!

  30. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your comment Rich, you make a good point, in that area we were in, you could literally cook a steak on a flat rock in summer LOL. Solar power is all the go with the campers as you can get a lot of charge into your camp batteries with a relatively small and inexpensive solar panel! Will keep digging for the fine gold until the water dries up – which will be very soon! Best wishes and HH mate!

  31. [..YouTube..] Thanks for taking the time to watch and comment on our video Ole, hope you enjoy the beer batter damper! Best of luck, looking forward to your next video. Happy Hunting!

  32. [..YouTube..] Another very exciting video with all the feeling you get from going out on an adventure. That horse team bell was a cracking find, especially as it was engraved with a message on it. Nice to see you found some gold and I do hope that you find a lot more. You’ve got your cooking organised perfectly. Of course, with your extremely hot sun, you should try making and using a solar oven, no fuel, just good old sunlight. Here’s looking forward to the next big adventure. GL & HH Thanks for sharing 😀

  33. [..YouTube..] Great job and nice relics, it is a great area and you found some gold and cooking. it’s cool I’ll try the beer bread that is something new for me. cool video, as usual, well done Colleen & Warren HH Ole

  34. [..YouTube..] Thanks for commenting Jimmy, that barrel/keg tap is unlike any of the others we have found – so was an exciting relic to unearth – the damper was great with Golden Syrup, and quick and easy to knock up – best wishes mate and HH!

  35. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your great comment Pete, we still haven’t identified that brass ‘tiara’, another detecting mystery! Nothing like a good damper in the bush, campfire and a cold beer LOL. Hope you get out bush soon mate – GL and HH!

  36. [..YouTube..] Thanks for commenting Lightpoacher, the tea is a really nice drop – quite strong, like our “Billy Tea”, will see if I can get some PG Tips on your recommendation mate – best wishes and HH!

  37. [..YouTube..] Thanks Magpie, you might not cook while you are out, but you sit down to lunch in some pretty picturesque spots! We still have no idea what that ‘tiara’ is – Best wishes and HH mate!

  38. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your comments Trev, will send you a detailed reply to your PM regarding prospecting up here in the next couple of days mate – best of luck and HH!

  39. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching MagicWands, we usually pack plenty of food – nothing worse than camping without cold beer and good food! LOL. This campsite is around 35km into the bush from the nearest town, up some rough dirt roads. So not terribly remote but far enough from civilization to get the feel of it! GL and HH mate!

  40. [..YouTube..] Thanks Dogahog – the shirt was made by one of our daughters as a Christmas present, so it gets seen in the videos now and then LOL, glad you enjoyed the video – have some more WW2 hunts from Cape York coming up soon! GL and HH!

  41. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Willo, your suggestion regarding gold being upstream of the rock, worth investigating for sure – as you would be aware, gold can be found in inexplicable places at times! Happy Prospecting mate!

  42. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your comment Iroc, fortunately Mrs NQ finds the relics, or the video would run the risk of being all ‘padding’ LOL. I briefly considered starting a cooking channel, but then realized that the damper was the only dish (aside from toasted sangers) that I can actually cook LOL. GL and HH mate!

  43. [..YouTube..] Another cracker NQ thumbs up Fantastic job mate cooking with NQ love it, I just got a beer tap but not like that, that’s a rippa lovely relics in there and gold aswell top job to the both of you cheers for sharing guys HH Jimmy

  44. [..YouTube..] Warren I loved the ‘thumbs up’ Mate. You & Colleen did really really well with thet video and my eyes just couldn’t leave the computor screen until it had finished. I wonder what that brass tiara thing is. That will look great in your little museum at home with all the other relics you have saved over the years. I loved the cooking segment as well and there’s nothing like damper with golden syrup. I’ve found spoons as well and I’ve given them a good wash and used them out bush. Cheers, Mate.

  45. [..YouTube..] Interesting site and a few flakes of gold to show for your efforts, shame you didn’t find a nugget or two but the relics were nice, not sure what the tiara shaped item was but what a find. Nice to see you doing a bit of cooking out in the bush. I don’t spend that much time out to do any cooking lol but might try your beer bread one day lol HH mate and have fun on your next outing.