GOLD RUSH: Prospector uncovers five nuggets near Warwick
IT was second time lucky for a determined prospector who struck over six grams of glistening gold just outside Warwick.
Over four days, Christian Tucker found five nuggets in a bountiful former gold field at Durikai State Forest.
It's the same location another prospector, Warren McGrath, discovered 29 pieces of the precious metal in October.
Mr Tucker has been prospecting for a few years, saying his first trip to Durikai did not provide a eureka moment.
Due to a large amount of iron stone in the ground, Mr Tucker found it difficult to uncover anything precious with his Minelab Gold Monster 1000 machine.
"It is so sensitive and accurate you feel like you're carrying a giant pin pointer,” he said.
"Unfortunately that trip didn't show any gold but it was another lesson in trusting the machine and understanding that having your settings up to the max isn't always the best.”
But Mr Tucker was not deterred and returned to the site a second time, where his patience was rewarded.
"Over the four-day trip with a prospecting buddy, I dug up five nice nuggets weighing in at about 6.86 grams, including two out of one hole, as well as the usual ounces of lead,” Mr Tucker said.
Mr Tucker again used his Minelab Gold Monster 100 and having done a bit more practice, found it perfect for uncovering nuggets weighing less than three grams.
"Being super light it's perfect for tight sections, around trees and working thoroughly through dried gullies and creek beds,” he said.
Mr Tucker said he had caught "new-age gold fever” from watching television shows and YouTube videos, but the moment he uncovered his first piece of gold he was hooked on uncovering the precious metal.