In Victoria, a prospector or fossicker requires a Miner’s Right which is a permit to prospect for minerals on unreserved Crown Land or private land where the permission of the landowner has been granted.
A Victorian Miners Right is valid for 2 years and can be purchased for $30.60 from the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre. $85.50 for a 10 year license. For more information visit the Department of Primary Industries
Stoneage Gemsis located 8km from Beechworth on the Beechworth Chiltern Road, just look out for the sign. Come and see the interesting hobby collection of over 60 years. Collection includes petrified wood, petrified fern, malachite, minerals, gem stones, opals, crystals, and local stones such as smokey quartz crystal, crystal, garnets & agates. Some made into jewellery.
Other places to learn about the History of Gold Prospecting & Fossicking in Beechworth