The Goldfields region is renowned for prospecting and fossicking. To prospect in WA each person requires a Miners Right. This authorises the holder to prospect on:
• Unoccupied Crown land, that is not covered by a granted mining tenement.
• A pastoral lease that is not covered by a granted mining tenement - provided prior notice is given to the pastoralists.
• A mining tenement - providing you have permission from the tenement holder.
• A granted exploration licence, after having been granted a three-month section 20A permit.
• Prospecting cannot be carried out on National Parks, nature reserves, Aboriginal and heritage sites, and within town sites or other classified areas such as cemeteries.
• Permission is required from the landowner to enter onto private property (farmland).
For up to date information and assistance on gold prospecting contact:
The Department of Mines and Petroleum
Telephone: +61 8 9021 9499
For prospecting rights, obligations and penalties as a prospector please refer to the Department of Mines and Petroleum website. This website is designed to assist all those involved in getting the facts straight and has contact details of Mining Registrar's Offices in Western Australian.
Kalgoorlie Tours and Charters has a tour that will show the visitor how to prospect for Gold.